Japanese Festival

Published on September 8th, 2018 | by Alexandra Saner


Isesaki, Japan delegate catches break during busy schedule for Japanese Fall Festival

Every year, Isesaki, Japan sends delegates to participate in Springfield’s Japanese Fall Festival. These delegates have a very busy schedule between appearing at Springfield Public Schools and the festival. They’re also treated to home stays with hospitable Springfield citizens who show them what life is like in the Ozarks.

Taiki is a young Isesaki delegate demonstrating the art of judo (Japanese martial arts) at the festival. You can catch his remaining demonstrations at 5:45pm on Saturday, September 8 or 12:15pm and 4:30pm on Sunday, September 9.

Taiki is also a skilled baseball player; his host family, Taylor and Merry, arranged a break from the festival for him so he could get in a game of catch with Ethan Bryan. 

Many thanks to Taylor, Merry, and Ethan for their hospitality!

Read the full story here.

Photo and story credit: Ethan Bryan


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Lexy served on Springfield Sister Cities Association's Board of Directors for four years before joining the ranks as Associate Director. She is also Associate Director of Friends of the Garden. Lexy is an arts and culture enthusiast, and she has served as Marketing Director for Springfield Little Theatre and Membership and Development Coordinator for Springfield Regional Arts Council. Lexy is a past Board member and Membership Committee member of Springfield Creatives. She also moonlights in community theatre and film projects.

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