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Published on August 19th, 2013 | by ssca

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Schedule for 2013 Japanese Fall Festival

18th Annual Japanese Fall Festival
on September 6 – 8, 2013
in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden
at Nathanael Greene / Close Memorial Park
2400 S. Scenic
Adults:  $7 Children 12 and under: $3
Weekend Pass: $10 for adults, $5 for children

Friday, September 6

Gates Open 5:00 p.m.
• Mr. Hiroshi Tada will be performing “top spinning.” Souvenir tent, food service, children’s activity area, vendor booths and artisan tents also available.
• Kizuna (Springfield’s Japan America Friendship Group) will be performing traditional festival dance
on stage. Everyone is invited to participate!
• 6:15 Opening Ceremony at the stage
• 6:30 St. Louis Osuwa Taiko
• 7:00 Samurai Sword Soul
• 7:15 SRO Lyric Theatre
• 7:30 Kuniko – traditional Japanese stories using a combination of magic and costumes.
• Japanese films will begin in the “Moxie movie tent” after dark
• Candlelight walk begins at dusk! Hundreds of torches and candles fill the garden, creating a special evening
stroll.

Saturday, September 7

Gates open 11:00 a.m.
• Mr. Hiroshi Tada will be performing “top spinning.” Souvenir tent, food service, children’s activity area, vendor booths and artisan tents also available.
• 12:00 Tracy’s Kenpo Karate Studio
• 12:45 Kimono Fashion Show
• 1:00 Kuniko – traditional Japanese stories using a combination of magic and costumes.
• 1:45 Samurai Sword Soul and samurai boot camp
• 2:30 St. Louis Osuwa Taiko (performance followed by children’s workshop)
• 4:00 Tracy’s Karate Studio
• 5:00 Asobi – Japanese game activity
• 5:30 Zeni Daiko (traditional Japanese festival dance) performed by Kizuna (Japan America Friendship Group)
• 6:00 St. Louis Osuwa Taiko
• 7:00 Samurai Sword Soul
• 7:30 SRO Lyric Theatre
• 8:00 Kuniko – traditional Japanese stories using a combination of magic and costumes.
• Japanese films will begin in the “Moxie movie tent” after dark.
• Candlelight walk begins at dusk! Hundreds of torches and candles fill the garden, creating a special evening stroll.

Sunday, September 8

• Gates open 11:00 a.m.
• Mr. Hiroshi Tada will be performing “top spinning.” Souvenir tent, food service, children’s activity area, vendor booths and artisan tents also available.
• 12:00 Tracy’s Kenpo Karate Studio
• 1:00 Samurai Sword Soul
• 1:30 St. Louis Osuwa Taiko
• 3:00 Kuniko – traditional Japanese stories using a combination of magic and costumes.
• 3:30 Zeni Daiko (traditional Japanese festival dance) performed by Kizuna
• 4:00 SRO Lyric Theatre
• 4:30 Plaid Dragon – Local music group traveling to Japan 2014

Special Activities

Please check daily activity schedule board at the site.
• Gyo-taku – Fish print Friday & Saturday
• Sho – Japanese Calligraphy
• Yukata (Cotton kimono) Dressing Saturday & Sunday
• Asobi – Japanese game activity
• Bonsai

Children’s Activities and Games

Friday: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join in the hands-on children’s area with traditional games and crafts. Adults, please stay with your children in this area. Organized by Kazumi Holcomb and Kickapoo High School Japanese language class.

Tea Ceremony (Cha – no – yu) at the Tea House

$10.00 each, limit of six participants per Ceremony
Served by Yuriko Mizumoto Scott and Kizuna – Japan America Friendship Group
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

This is your chance to experience an authentic Japanese tea ceremony in our beautiful Tea House That located on the north side of the Garden. Ceremonies last approximately 30 minutes and cost $10.00 per person. All participants must register and purchase tickets at the souvenir tent prior to the ceremony. We suggest you register early.

Please be at the Tea House 10 minutes prior to schedule  start time. The tea ceremony begins promptly and latecomers will not be allowed to participate. No refunds. All proceeds benefit SSCA’s “Peace Through People” programs.

Omiyage (Souvenirs) and Dagashi-ya (Japanese old fashioned penny candy store)

Friday and Saturday open till 9:00 p.m.
Sunday open till 5:00 p.m.

Here’s your chance to buy Festival T-shirts and authentic Japanese souvenirs. All proceeds benefit SSCA’s “Peace Through People” programs.
Special Vintage selection corner and WaFooDesign-origami jewelry are
in this tent

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