Japanese Festival

Published on September 6th, 2017 | by ssca


Schedule for 2017 Japanese Fall Festival

In the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden 
at Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park
2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, MO

Friday, September 8th, 5-10 p.m.
Adults $10, Children 12 yrs and under $3
Saturday, September 9th, 11 a.m. -10 p.m.
Adults $15, Children 12 yrs and under $3
Sunday, September 10th, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Adults $10, Children 12 yrs and under $3

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: 
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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
Nihon-Bunka Taiken 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.

One Response to Schedule for 2017 Japanese Fall Festival

  1. John Mills says:

    The demonstration at San Antonio’s Aki Matsuri by Nippon Budo Seishin-Kan ??????? went quite well, the students did an outstanding job of representing our dojo. It was an excellent opportunity for our dojo members to perform in public and test their mettle. Although it was the last performance of the day, and the audience was beginning to leave, the demonstration was very well received by the attendees. The highlight of the Demonstration was the excellent execution of the Mus? Jikiden Eishin-ry? sword techniques at full speed and power by Pellman Shihan. The crowd hushed of their own accord to hear the tachikaze, or “sword wind (swish)” generated by the sword master.
    Our sincere thanks to Pellman Shihan, John Mills Sensei, Kim Mills, James Mills, Nathan Mills for representing our dojo admirably!

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