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2016 Japan Day Festival

Travel to Japan without leaving SF with Taiko, folk dance, dolls, shamisen music & more.
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Celebrate the cultural heritage of Japantown with a special 110th Year Performance from Japanese artists from Tokyo, Chicago, and Bay Area with Taiko, Japanese classical and folk dance, Japanese dolls, Okiya style shamisen music, and more.

2016 Japan Day Bon-Odori Festival
Sunday, June 26, 2016 | 1-5 pm
Japantown Peace Plaza, Post and Buchanan Streets, SF

FREE Live Performances and Demonstrations by:

Peace Plaza Stage:

  • Gintenkai National Project
  • GenRyu Arts – Gen Taiko School
  • Kokuseiryu Shigin
  • Fujima Ryu of Chicago – Grand Masters Shunojo Fujima and Yoshinojo Fujima
  • Tsukasa Taiko of Chicago
  • Sakura Ren – SF Awaodori Kai
  • Japantown Merchants Association Obon with Hanayagi Sensei

East Mall Stage:

  • GenRyu Arts – Gen Odori school and special guests: Lenora Lee and
  • Yukiya Jerry Waki (SF Japantown 110th Anniv. odori piece)
  • Washi Ningyo – Rochelle Lum
  • Sakura Ren – SF Awaodori Kai (public dance participation)
  • Shodo – Master Artist Masato Kawahatsu Sensei
  • SF-East Bay Mataro Miyabikai – Dir. Merry Nishimura
  • Toyoaki Shamisen – Master Artist Sanjuro Toyoaki

4-5 pm: Obon Odori Dance with instructor Michiya Hanayagi
Bon Odori is a traditional summer festival and dance honoring ancestors who have passed on are honored and celebrating their ongoing presence in the lives we enjoy today. Join them for practices on June 13th, June 15th, June 20th, June 22nd, 6:15-7:15 PM at May’s Coffee Shop.