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Newport: A different kind of flag day coming up at the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center

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MOMBETSU FLAG TALK SCHEDULED AUG. 10
FOR PACIFIC MARITIME & HERITAGE CENTER

Sachiko Otsuki, collections specialist for the Lincoln County Historical Society, will conduct a walk and talk program at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10 on the 17 Japanese maritime good luck flags now on display at the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center, 333 SE Bay Blvd., Newport. The flags were donated by fishermen and a fishing company in Mombetsu, Japan, Newport’s sister city.

Historically, when Japanese fishermen had a good harvest, they put the “Tairyouki” or flags up as signals. Now, however, the flags have become symbols for a bountiful catch and safety. This is possibly the first time this number of flags has been on display in the United States. It is rare even in Japan.

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Otsuki, who was the curator for this project, studied art history and museumology with a special emphasis in Japanese art history. She researched and wrote about folk painting, called “Ema,” when she was in the PhD program at Kanazawa College of Art in Japan. She has been working as collections specialist at the Historical Society for two years.

Admission to the event is included with admission to the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center, which is $5 for adults, $3 for children 3 through 12. Members are admitted free.

The Lincoln County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Lincoln County.

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