Japan Day 2023

Japan Day Celebration, July 9, 12pm-5pm. Free

The Imperceptible Nature1:15pm-1:45pm on the Peace Plaza Stage

GenRyu Arts and the Merchants of the Japan Center Malls present Japan Week. This summer cultural festival returns in its 11th year celebrating the culture of Japan and Japantown. Throughout the first week of July, there will be events, workshops and performances by master artists, musicians and cultural bearers.

At the end of the week, the cultural festival culminates in Japan Day. Join the celebration of Japanese cultural arts at this free event on three stages at the Peace Plaza stage, Japan Center East Mall (2nd floor), and Studio Gen (East Mall, Suite 505)! Hear the exhilarating sound of taiko drums and see colorful Japanese dancers with live musicians. Watch karate, Okinawan music, and dance. Besides the exciting performances, there will be demonstrations of Origami paper folding, Washi Ningyo paper dolls, Shodo calligraphy. Bring your friends and family. No tickets needed.

Peace Plaza Stage

Gen Taiko and Odori School

International Karate League

Sakura Ren

The Imperceptible Nature (collaboration Genny Lim, Nozawa MatsuQ, Melody Takata, Benita Ushikubo and International Karate League)

Northern California Okinawa Kenjin Kai

Gintenkai National Project

East Mall 2nd Floor Demonstration & Workshop Stage

12:00pm – 1:00pm Washi Ningyo Japanese Paper Dolls

1:30pm – 2:30pm Origami Japanese Paper Folding

3:00pm – 4:00pm Shodo Japanese Calligraphy

East Mall 2nd Floor Suite 505, Studio Gen Stage

12:30pm – 1:00pm Gidayu Shamisen Traditional Japanese Joruri Narrative Music

2:30pm – 3:00pm Ozashiki Shamisen Traditional Japanese Chamber Music

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