Japanese Festival

Published on July 25th, 2017 | by ssca


Japanese Fall Festival Sept. 8-10, 2017

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 5- 10 p.m.
$10 Adult / $3 children 12 yrs. & under
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.
$15 Adult / $3 children 12 yrs. & under
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
$10 Adult / $3 children 12 yrs. & under

Shoji Tabuchi (Saturday, Sept. 9, 7 p.m.)
Osuwa Takio Drumming
Japanese Story Teller Karin Amano
Seiran Japanese Calligraphy
Hiroshi Tada Top Spinner
Springfield Aikido and Tracy’s Karate
Children’s crafts and games
Cultural hands-on activities from Isesaki, Japan
Folk dancing and Kizuna Fish printing
origami and calligraphy
Authentic Japanese tea and gifts
Tea Ceremonies
Candlelight Stroll after dark Fri. & Sat.

Please click link below to see the full program booklet with Friday-Sunday schedules, information about the performers, and more information about Springfield Sister Cities: 
and use the QR code on right on your phone.

Friday, September 8th
Gates Open 5:00 p.m.
• Uke 66
• 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 Karin Amano – Japanese story teller
• 7:10 St. Louis Osuwa Taiko
Candlelight walk begins at dusk

Saturday, September 9th
Gates open 11:00 a.m.
• Mr. Hiroshi Tada performance “top-spinning.”
• 11:15 Springfield Cosplay
• 11:45 Kimono show
• 12:00 Uke 66
• 1:00 Seiran Chiba – large scale calligraphy
• 1:30 Karin Amano – Japanese Story Teller
• 2:00 St. Louis Osuwa Taiko
(Children’s workshop follows the performance)
• 3:15 Tracy’s Karate
• 4:30 Seiran Chiba- large scale calligraphy
• 5:00 Kizuna – Japanese folk dance
• 5:30 St. Louise Osuwa Taiko
• 6:30 Karin Amano
• 7:00 Shoji Tabuchi Live!
Candlelight walk begins at dusk

Sunday, September 10th
Gates open 11:00 a.m.
• Mr. Hiroshi Tada performance “top-spinning.”
• 1:00 Uke 66
• 1:30 Karin Amano – Japanese Story Teller
• 2:00 St. Louis Osuwa Taiko
• 3:00 Seiran Chiba – large scale calligraphy
• 3:30 Tracy’s Karate
• 4:15 Kizuna – Japanese folk dance
• 4:45 Cosplay parade on stage
Festival ends on Sunday at 6 p.m.

Children’s Activities and Games
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.
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.

Special Activities / Japanese Cultural Tent organized by Friends of the Garden and Springfield Regional Arts Council.
Please check daily activity schedule board at the site.
• Special guest artists from Isesaki
• Japanese Calligraphy by Seiran Chiba
• Gyo-taku – fish print
• Origami and more

Tea Café (Cha-dokoro) Café Matcha
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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 Japanese tea candy. (*cash only please)

Yukata (Cotton kimono) Dressing
(yukata dressing at the tent next to Tea Café)
This Tea Ceremony, Tea café and Yukata dressing organized by the “Kizuna” local Japan and America Friendship group.

Throughout the festival the souvenir tent, food service, children’s activity area, vendor booths and artisan tents also available. Family friendly. Learn about the culture of Japan through performances, music, crafts, hands on games for kids, souvenirs, all set in the beautiful garden.













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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.

7 Responses to Japanese Fall Festival Sept. 8-10, 2017

  1. David Arth says:

    Good morning,

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  2. Kathy says:

    Tea Ceremony on Saturday:
    How early do you have to sign up?

  3. Jess says:

    All the dates say September 8th, fyi. 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    Cost is $10
    You must sign up early on day of ceremony.
    Honestly be there when we first open and head to souvenir tent to sign up. Very limited seats.

  5. Thomas says:

    Are you able to visit, leave the festival, and come back later without the need to pay again for entry?

  6. Thomas says:

    The same day I mean.

  7. Katie says:

    What is the best way to make a donation or help out directly with this event?

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