The Calgary Japanese Festival is bringing an omatsuri – or traditional festival – to the city in August, to celebrate Japan, its people, and Japanese Canadians.
The annual festival will take place on Saturday, August 13 and will feature authentic Japanese customs, traditional music, dance and song shows and martial arts demos.
Due to renovations, the festival won’t take place at the Bowness Community Centre as in previous years; this year’s Japanese Festival will be at the Max Bell Centre.
The festival is a family-friendly event and will include games and bouncy houses, galleries of local Japanese arts and crafts food kiosks serving traditional Japanese cuisine.
For the grownups, there will be Sake 101 classes, where you can learn everything you need to know about sake, the traditional Japanese rice wine.
Also don’t miss out on PARO, the therapeutic seal robot, the kimono fashion contest, manga caricature station and the Japanese sword display.
Performing at the Japanese Festival this year will be:
- Diane Lindsay
- Hisae Taguchi
- Ina Harris
- Japanese Kids Class Dancers
- Kaede Cultural Society of Calgary
- Klick Crew
- Midnight Taiko Kai
- Minyo Dancers
- Poco a Poco Group
- Yoko Galvin & Friends
- Yukichi Hattori
General admission to the Calgary Japanese Festival will be $5 for adults and $2 for children over six.
Registration for the one-hour sake classes is $20 per person and can be done in advance by emailing [email protected].
Where: Max Bell Centre – 1001 Barlow Trail SE
When: Saturday, August 13 from 11 am to 6 pm
Admission: At the door, $5 for adults, $2 for children aged six to 12, free for children under six. $20 for sake tasting class.