Japanese Fall Mini Series

Celebrate Japanese culture, mask and social distance at a series of small outdoor events!

This series was created to provide Japanese culture opportunities for the Springfield area despite the cancellation of the Japanese Fall Festival.


Fri., Sept. 115:30 p.m.Bonsai Workshop (Registration: $75-90)
7 p.m.Lancaster Station Concert
7:30 p.m.Candlelight Stroll
Sat., Sept. 123 p.m. An Afternoon with Springfield Cosplay
5:30 p.m.Ikebana Workshop (Registration: $75-90)
7 p.m.Uke 66 Concert
7:30 p.m.Candlelight Stroll


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

General Admission

$2/child 12 and younger
$2/person in cosplay (Saturday only)

You may pay at the gate or purchase tickets in advance.


COVID-19 Precautions

Guests are required to wear face coverings and maintain 6-foot physical distancing from others throughout the event. Staff and volunteers will ensure thorough sanitization of high traffic areas.

The Park Board reminds all park guests to help safeguard our community with these COVID-19 prevention basics: wear a face covering on your nose and mouth, maintain a 6-foot distance from others, wash your hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid touching your face, and please stay home if you have any symptoms of illness. For more information, visit ParkBoard.org/Coronavirus.

Workshops (5:30 p.m.)

Make it a date night, girls’ night, or fly solo at a Japanese-themed botanical workshop. Friday’s bonsai workshop is led by Chris Cox, The Bonsai Guy. Saturday’s ikebana workshop teaches the art of Japanese flower arranging. Both workshops begin at 5:30 p.m. and include all materials, Japanese food and drink, a wishing lantern and general admission to the event.

Preregistration required:

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Concerts (7 p.m.)

Each evening at 7 p.m., enjoy a concert by a local band selected to represent Springfield in its sister city, Isesaki, Japan. Lancaster Station performs on Friday and will visit Isesaki in 2021. Uke 66 performs on Saturday and visited Isesaki in 2017.

Candlelight Strolls (7:30 p.m.)

Browse the mini souvenir tent featuring Japanese snacks and drinks. Purchase a wishing lantern to set your dreams afloat on one of the koi ponds. As dusk settles, stroll the 7.5 acres of authentic Japanese landscaping lit by hundreds of candles until 10 p.m.

An Afternoon with Springfield Cosplay

Beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, bring a picnic and spread out to watch performances by some of the best cosplayers in the area. Cosplayers are invited to participate in a photography workshop with Otaku Photography Zone and a modeling basics workshop. Come dressed in costume to receive $2 admission to the event.

More Information

For more information, please contact us or visit the Facebook event page.