Japanese Festival

Published on August 19th, 2015 | by ssca

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Schedule for the Japanese Fall Festival 2015

JFF2015-program-cover3Schedule for the 20th Annual Japanese Fall Festival – September 11-13, 2015

in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden in Nathanael Greene / Close Memorial Park
2400 S. Scenic, Springfield. Missouri
Admission: Adults $7, Kids $3 (Weekend passes available – Adults $12, Kids $5)

Download the print version of the program here: JFF program 2015

Friday, September 11

• 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
• 6:30 Minbuza NY & Isesaki performer
• 7:10 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 12

• Gates open 11:00 a.m.
• Mr. Hiroshi Tada will be performing “top spinning.”
• 12:00 Springfield Aikido club
• 1:00 Isesaki Delegation: GinKenShiBu
• Minbuza: Japanese Folk Dance and Lion Dance
• 2:00 DUkes: Drury University’s Ukulele Club
• 2:40 St. Louis Osuwa Taiko (performance followed by children’s workshop)
• 4:00 Tracy’s Karate Studio
• 5:00 Kizuna: Festival and Ninja! Performance
• 6:00 Isesaki Delegation: GinKenShiBu Minbuza: Japanese Folk Dance and Lion Dance
• 7:00 St. Louis Osuwa Taiko
• Candlelight walk begins at dusk! Hundreds of torches and candles fill the garden, creating a special evening stroll.

Souvenir tent, food service, children’s activity area, vendor booths and artisan tents also available all day Saturday. Food Court Food Service provided Hy-Vee Food Store.

Sunday, September 13

• Gates open 11:00 a.m.
• Mr. Hiroshi Tada will be performing “top spinning.”
• 12:30 Tracy’s Kenpo Karate Studio
• 1:30 St. Louis Osuwa Taiko
• 2:30 Springfield Aikido
• 3:30 Isesaki Delegation: GinKenShiBu Minbuza: Japanese Folk Dance and Lion Dance
• 4:20 Kizuna: Festival and Ninja! Performance
• 5:00 DUkes: Drury University’s Ukulele Club
Souvenir tent, food service, children’s activity area, vendor booths and artisan tents also available all day Sunday. Food Court Food Service provided Hy-Vee Food Store.

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.

Tea Café (Cha -dokoro)  Café Matcha

Served by Kizuna – Japan America Friendship Group
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This year will be our outdoor café 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.

Special Activities / Japanese Cultural – Nihon-Bunka Taiken

Please check daily activity schedule board at the site
• Artists from Isesaki
• Gyo-taku  – Fish print
• Sho – Japanese Calligraphy
• Yukata (Cotton kimono) Dressing next to the Tea Café tent
Saturday 2:30 – 4:00   Sunday 12:00 – 2:00 (TBA)

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 latecomers will not be allowed to participate.
No refunds. All proceeds benefit SSCA’s “Peace Through People” programs.

Washi – Japanese Papermaking

Shirah Miriam Aumann (Mimi) has been creating paper from plant fibres in the ancient Japanese tradition for over 25 years. She is certified in Japanese Papermaking from the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum at Georgia Tech and has a small kozo grove in the Branson area which has been harvested annually for several years as a teaching vehicle for the ancient process. Mimi will be demonstrating washi papermaking and be available for speaking on the subject of hand papermaking with natural fibres during Friday and Saturday of the festival.

Featured Performers:

Special guests from Our Sister City Isesaki, Gunma Japan.

Kyoko Tateishi will perform GinKenShi-Bu. Song and dance with fan and sword. A dance movement adopted from old Japanese martial arts, performer must understand and possess Bushido spirits, energy, and style.

Mitsuyo and Anna Kobayashi – Mother and daughter artists will draw Japanese manga style art and Calligraphy.

Local Performers:

• Hiroshi Tada: Koma mawashi – Top Spinner
• Kizuna: Japan America Friendship Group “Festival” and “Ninja”. They will be having a “Ninja Game” besides their Traditional Japanese Dance.
• Tracy’s Kenpo Karate Studio
• Springfield Aikodo Club
• Dukes – Drury University Ukulele Group. They performed at Isesaki Summer Festival this August.

Minbuza from the Japanese Folk Institue of NY

Minbuza, formed by Momo Suzuki, is the professional performing arts of the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY for over 20 years. Some of their proudest achievements include performing at the Epcot Pavilion at Disney World Florida, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Cherry Blossom Festival and more. The purpose of The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY is to promote and keep alive interest in the traditional folk dances of Japan and by so doing, foster closer friendships between the Japanese and American peoples.
Visit their website: http://www.japanesefolkdance.org/minbu-za

St. Louis Osuwa Taiko ( Japanese Drums)

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. The Osuwa Taiko group hopes to broaden the awareness of this rich Japanese tradition and culture to the general public.
Visit their website: http://www.stltaiko.com


About the Author

Springfield Sister Cities Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people of the City of Springfield and people of similar cities in foreign nations acquire a consciousness of each other and to understand one another as individuals, as members of their community, and as part of our global community.



8 Responses to Schedule for the Japanese Fall Festival 2015

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  2. minh says:

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  5. Paul says:

    I enjoyed the Japanese Fall Festival this year. It was great. I do have one advice for next year. To show true culture in Japan having Japanese food there would be great. Of course, with the Japanese people making the food. Not using other outfits to sale food. Serving food like yakisoba, fried rice, geudonburi, etc. Japanese people make great Japanese food. It would be good to add this to the culture.

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  7. I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Perfectly written!

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