Japanese Festival

Published on August 18th, 2016 | by ssca

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Schedule for the 21st annual Japanese Fall Festival 2016

2016 Japanese Fall Festival21th annual Japanese Fall Festival
September 9-11, 2016 in the Mizumoto
Friday 5-10 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Japanese Stroll Garden
Nathanael Greene / Close Memorial Park
2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, Missouri

Tickets will be available at the gate
Friday tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for children (12 and under)
Saturday $10 for adults, $3 for children
Sunday $7 for adults, $3 for children

Download and print the full schedule here: JFF 2016 program schedule

Special performers for 2016

Shoji Tabuchi

When it comes to popular Branson entertainment, the name says it all.. “Shoji Tabuchi!”… Shoji and his wife Dorothy, who produces emcees, sing and dances, present a sparkling family, variety show. His Daughter, Christina, also sings and dances as a featured vocalist and dancer as well as co-dancer, vocal director, show director and assistant producer. Music includes country, bluegrass, big band, cajun, Broadway/movie tunes, pop, jazz, swing, classical and even some Led Zeppelin and Michael Jackson music.  He will perform on Saturday 5 p.m. Don’t miss it!! www.shoji.com/

Samurai Sword Soul

Samurai Sword Soul (SSS) was founded by Yoshi Amao in 2003 to expand the Bushido, the samurai spirit. Since then, SSS’s numerous performances, an engaging mix of comedy routines, humanistic-theme drama, and thrilling sword fights have been attracting a wide range of audiences in New York. Their sword technique is based on centuries old traditional sword fighting from Japan, Waki ryu style, and the essence of kendo, iaido, karate and kabuki dance. Now imbuing traditional Japanese sword fighting arts with a more contemporary essence and their own artistry, they have established unique “Samurai Sword Soul Style.” We will have leader Yoshi Amano, Koji Nishiyama, and Saori Goga. Don’t miss it! www.samuraiswordsoul.com

 Seiran Chiba

Ms. Chiba is Large Scale Calligraphy artist from Fukushima, Japan. (This is where there was a nuclear reactor acci- dent caused by tsunami in March 2011.) Ms. Chiba explores the beauty of the natural world through large-scale calligraphies. Since the great Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster of 2011, she has been traveling throughout the Fukushima area. In 2013 she became the Fukushima Tourism Ambassador and continues to hold workshops at temporary housing where some of the disaster victims still live. She then travels the world, sharing stories of the beauty and peace that is found, even after extreme disasters such as the one Fukushima experienced. Don’t miss this special opportunity. www.seiran-c.net

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. www.stltaiko.com

Special guests from our Sister City Isesaki, Gunma Japan.

Yae-zakura will perform Japanese songs on the stage and in the stroll garden. More friends from Isesaki will help the tea house, cafe and cultural tent. Please say “Hello” to all of them. They traveled long hours for this Festival.

Hiroshi Tada: Koma mawashi – Top Spinner
Kizuna: Japan America Friendship Group – Japanese folk dance
Tracy’s Kenpo Karate Studio
Springfield Aikodo
Springfield Cosplay

Friday, September 9th

Gates Open 5:00 p.m.

  • Please enjoy Japanese traditional sounds by Yae-Zakura from Isesaki, Japan. (They will perform near the entrance gate.)
  • Mr. Hiroshi Tada performance “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 Seiran Chiba – large scale calligraphy
  • 6:45 Samurai Sword Soul
  • 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.Special Thank you to the students from Springfield Public Schools!! Yokoso!! (welcome!)

Saturday, September 10th

  • Gates open 11:00 a.m.
  • Mr. Hiroshi Tada performance “top-spinning.”
  • 11:45 Springfield Aikido School
  • 12:30 Yae-Zakura (our friends from Isesaki, Japan)
  • 12:55 Kimono show
  • 1:15 Seiran Chiba – large scale calligraphy
  • 1:45 Samurai Sword Soul
  • 2:15 Tracy’s Karate
  • 3:00 St. Louis Osuwa Taiko – children’s workshop follows the performance
  • 4:00 Yae-Zakura (our friends from Isesaki, Japan)
  • 4:30 Seiran Chiba- large scale calligraphy
  • 5:00 Shoji Tabuchi Live!
  • 6:00 Kizuna – Japanese folk dance
  • 6:45 Samurai Sword Soul
  • 7:45 St. Louis Osuwa Taiko
  • Candlelight walk begins at dusk! Enjoy Beautiful Japanese bamboo flute sound by Yae-Zakura from Isesaki, Gunma Japan and hundreds of torches and candles in the garden, creating a special evening stroll.

Sunday, September 11th

  • Gates open 11:00 a.m.
  • Mr. Hiroshi Tada performance “top-spinning.”
  • 12:00 Tracy’s Kenpo Karate Studio
  • 1:00 Yae-zakura (our friends from Isesaki, Japan)
  • 1:30 Samurai Sword Soul
  • 2:30 St. Louis Osuwa Taiko
  • 3:15 Seiran Chiba – large scale calligraphy
  • 3:45  Springfield Aikido School
  • 4:30 Kizuna – Japanese folk dance
  • 5:00  Cosplay parade on stage – Springfield Cosplay: Springfield Cosplay is a group of people, located in Southwest Missouri, who love cosplay, the art of dressing and impersonating a character, originally originating in Japan. www.facebook.com/SGFcosplay www.instagram.com/springfieldcosplay

Souvenir Tent Hours

Friday: 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Food Court

Food Service provided Hy-Vee Food Store & Roll on Egg Rolls

Omiyage (Souvenirs)

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 candies.
All proceeds benefit SSCA’s “Peace Through People” programs.

Special Activities / Japanese Cultural Tent

Nihon-Bunka Taiken organized by Friends of the Garden. Friends of the Garden exists to inspire the discovery, understanding and appreciation of nature by creating and maintaining the Springfield Botanical Gardens and by supporting the mission of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Park Board. Together, with nearly two dozen park partner organizations, we bring people, nature, and gardens together on a daily basis. Please check daily activity schedule board at the site:

• Gyo-taku – Fish printing
• Sho – Japanese Calligraphy by Seiran Chiba
• Origami and more

Tea Café (Cha -dokoro)
Café Matcha

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.  Served by Kizuna – Japan America Friendship Group. $5.00 (cash only please) for one cup of tea and a tea candy.
Saturday: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Yukata (Cotton kimono) Dressing at the tent next to Tea Café

This café and yukata dressing organized by the “Kizuna” local Japan and America Friendship group.

Children’s Activities and Games

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.

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

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

$10.00 each, limit of six participants per ceremony. Served by Kizuna – Japan America Friendship Group. This is your chance to experience an authentic Japanese tea ceremony in our beautiful Tea House located on the northside 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.

Saturday: 12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

Get Involved today! Springfield Sister Cities Association

Membership levels
Individual: $25.00
Family: $50.00
Friend of SSCA: $100.00
Organization or Business: $250.00 Student Special!: $5.00

Contact us at:
Springfield Sister Cities Association (SSCA) PO Box 8368
Springfield, MO 65801
(417) 864-1191
Email: cjobe@springfieldmo.gov

Membership benefits include an annual pass to the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden and free admission to annual festivals. Other benefits include membership notices, an invitation to the Annual Meeting and networking opportunities throughout the year.

Sponsor benefits include publicity through brochures, emails, festival banners and other printed material including posters, and annual meeting recognition; VIP events; free T-shirts, and extra ad- mission tickets to all events. Springfield Sister Cities Association ac- tively seeks support from local businesses and organizations. If you are interested in becoming involved with us in this way,

please call Cindy Jobe @ 864-1341 or cjobe@springfieldmo.gov

This festival is brought to the community by the Springfield Sister Cities Association.
Stop by our tent to learn more about Sister Cities and other activities we sponsor.


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.



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  2. Anita says:

    Once you’ve paid for admission to the 21st annual Japanese Fall Festival 2016, can you leave and be allowed back in? Thank you for your help!

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