The Calgary Japanese Festival is bringing an omatsuri – or traditional festival – to the city on Saturday, August 12, to celebrate Japan, its people, and Japanese Canadians.
The annual festival will feature authentic Japanese customs, traditional music, dance and song shows and martial arts demos.
This year’s Japanese Festival will once again be held at the Max Bell Centre instead of it’s original place at the Bowness Community Centre.
The family-friendly event and will include games and bouncy houses, galleries of local Japanese arts and crafts food kiosks serving traditional Japanese cuisine.
There will be a Japanese Sword Display, a chance for you to try on Kimono’s and Obi’s (Sash) and for the adults there is a beer garden where you can take part in sake tastings.
Performing at the Japanese Festival this year will be:
- Ainu Art Project
- CJCA Hyottoko Club
- Ina Harris
- Japanese Kid’s Class
- Kaede Cultural Society of Calgary
- The Korean Art Club
- Nikkei Cultural Society of Lethbridge and Area Minyo Dancers
- Midnight Taiko
- Poco a Poco Group
- St. Micheal Samurai
- Yoko Galvin
- Yosaoca – Yosakoi Soran Calgary
- Zumba Fitness
General admission to the Calgary Japanese Festival will be $5 for adults and $2 for children over six.
Where: Max Bell Centre – 1001 Barlow Trail SE
When: Saturday, August 12 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.