Japanese Festival

Published on September 3rd, 2014 | by ssca

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Schedule of Events for 2014 Japanese Fall Festival

JFF-sumo-poster-2014-319th Annual Japanese Fall Festival
September 12-14, 2014
Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden in Nathanael Greene / Close Memorial Park

2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Missouri
Friday night 5-10 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission is $7/adult
$3/ kids 3-12
toddlers age 2 and younger are free.
Weekend passes may be purchased at the gate for $12/adult; $5/kids.

Friday, September 12
•    Gates Open 5:00 p.m.
•    Mr. Hiroshi Tada will be performing “top spinning.”
•    Kizuna (Springfield’s Japan America Friendship Group) will be performing traditional festival dance on stage. Everyone is invited to participate!
•    6:00 Opening Ceremony at the stage
•    6:15 St. Louis Osuwa Taiko
•    6:45 U.S.A. Sumo
•    7:15 St. Louis Osuwa Taiko
•    Candlelight walk begins at dusk! Hundreds of torches and candles fill the garden, creating a special evening stroll.
•    Throughout the festival the souvenir tent, food service, children’s activity area, vendor booths and artisan tents also available.

Saturday, September 13
•    Gates open 11:00 a.m.
•    Mr. Hiroshi Tada will be performing “top spinning.”
•    11:30 Springfield Aikido club
•    12:30 Kimono Fashion Show
•    1:00 Enka: Japanese Blues by Mayumi Yoshizawa, Isesaki Delegation
•    1:20 DUkes: Drury University’s Ukulele Club
•    2:00 U.S.A. Sumo: Yama and Kelly
•    3:00 St. Louis Osuwa Taiko (performance followed by children’s workshop)
•    4:00 Tracy’s Karate Studio
•    5:00 Kizuna: Festival and Ninja! Performance
•    5:40 Enka Japanese Blues by Isesaki Delegation
•    6:00 U.S.A. Sumo: Yama and Kelly
•    7:00 St. Louis Osuwa Taiko
•    Candlelight walk begins at dusk! Hundreds of torches and candles fill the garden, creating a special evening stroll.

All Day Saturday
Souvenir tent, food service, children’s activity area, vendor booths and artisan tents

 Sunday, September 14
•    Gates open 11:00 a.m.
•    Mr. Hiroshi Tada will be performing “top spinning.”
•    12:00 Tracy’s Kenpo Karate Studio
•    Hiroshi Tada: Koma mawashi – Top Spinner
•    Kizuna: Japan America Friendship Group – This year’s theme is “Festival” and “Ninja”. They will be having a “Ninja Costume show” and “Ninja Game” besides their Traditional Japanese Dance. Please come to show off your “Ninja Spirit” and “Ninja Costume”
•    12:00 Tracy’s Kenpo Karate Studio
•    1:00 St. Louis Osuwa Taiko
•    2:00 U.S.A. Sumo: Yama and Kelly
•    3:00 Springfield Aikido
•    4:00 Enka: Japanese Blues by Mayumi Yoshizawa Isesaki Delegation
•    4:20    Kizuna: Festival and Ninja! Performance
•    5:00    DUkes: Drury University’s Ukulele Club

All Day Saturday and Sunday
Souvenir tent, food service, children’s activity area, vendor booths and artisan tents

Special Activities: Please check daily activity schedule board at the site
•    Gyo-taku  – Fish printing
Friday 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
• Sho – Japanese Calligraphy
• Waraji – Japanese Woven Sandal by KIFCG Isesaki Delegation: Make your own sandal. Adult size will take one hour for this activity
Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  and 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
•    Yukata (Cotton kimono) Dressing
Saturday 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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. 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.
This is your chance to experience an authentic Japanese tea ceremony in our beautiful Tea House 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. Tickets must be purchased on the day of the ceremony.
Please be at the Tea House 10 minutes prior to scheduled start time. The tea ceremony begins promptly and late-comers will not be allowed to participate. No refunds. All proceeds benefit SSCA’s “Peace Through People” programs.

Tea Cafe’ (Cha -dokoro) with Cafe’ Matcha
Served by Kizuna – Japan America Friendship Group
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
New this year will be our outdoor cafe? serving Japanese Matcha tea. You will enjoy the same tea and candy as served in the Tea House but without the complete ceremony.   $5.00 for one cup of tea and a tea candy.

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.

Omiyage (Souvenirs) and Dagashi-ya
Friday and Saturday open till 9:00 p.m.
Sunday open till 5:00 p.m.
Visit this tent to buy Festival T-shirts and authentic Japanese
souvenirs, toys and Japanese Candies. All proceeds benefit SSCA’s “Peace Through People” programs. Special Vintage selection corner and WaFooDesign-origami jewelry are in this tent.

Performers
Special guests from Our Sister City Isesaki, Gunma Japan.
Mayumi Yoshizawa will perform Japanese Enka and Traditional Japa- nese Dance. Enka is popular Japanese music, has been called Japanese Blues, Japanese Country.
KIFCG will have mini workshop about Japanese Upcycle at the activity tent, they will teach you how to make Japanese Warazouri sandal.

U.S.A. SUMO
Yama, 6’4”, 600 lbs: the Heaviest Japanese Human Being in history, Yama has won numerous sumo champion titles through school, including on university teams. He is a former World Sumo Champion, and competed in the highest levels of Japanese Pro Sumo!
Kelly, 6’0”, 450 lbs: 5-time US Sumo Champion: He also holds the Guinness World Record for the “Heaviest Human Being to Run A Marathon” (he’s run 3 marathons!). Kelly has competed for the US National Sumo team about 15 times over the years at World Championship events!    USASUMO.com

St. Louis Osuwa Taiko
The original Osuwa Taiko was formed by Grandmaster Daihachi Oguchi in Suwa, Japan, In 1986, Oguchi visited St. Louis. with a generous donation of hand made drums to the City, and helped form the first Osuwa Taiko in St. Louis. St. Louis Osuwa Taiko was restarted at Washington University in September of 1996. Since then, the group has grown and invited to perform at numerous events and occasions mostly in the mid-western region of the United States. We hope to broaden the awareness of this rich Japanese tradition and culture to the general public.
stltaiko.com

•    Hiroshi Tada: Koma mawashi – Top Spinner
•    Kizuna: Japan America Friendship Group – This year’s theme is
“Festival” and “Ninja”. They will be having a “Ninja Costume show” •    and “Ninja Game” besides their Traditional Japanese Dance. •    Please come to show off your “Ninja Spirit” and “Ninja Costume”
•    Tracy’s Kenpo Karate Studio
•    Springfield Aikodo Club
•    Dukes – Drury University Ukulele group will be SSCA performance group going to Japan in 2015


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11 Responses to Schedule of Events for 2014 Japanese Fall Festival

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  2. Kazuya Takakuwa says:

    Hi this is Kazuya Takakuwa. I’m a international student of MSU from Japan.

    I’m very looking forward to this festival.

    The reason why I e-mailed today is I saw posting that volunteers is needed on your Facebook.

    if there is something I can help for you, Please let me know. I do my best, but one concern is I’m not so

    fluent in English that i can do all tasks. I’m sorry. Have a nice day! Thanks

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