A cultural festival featuring performances, workshops/demonstrations in San Francisco Japantown. Presented by GenRyu Arts in association with East and West Japan Center Mall.
Japan Day Festival
SUNDAY, July 9, 2023 12:00-5:00pm three stages at the Peace Plaza stage, Japan Center East Mall (2nd floor), and Studio Gen (East Mall, Suite 505) – FREE
Throughout the first week of July, there will be events, workshops and performances by master artists, musicians and cultural bearers. There will be hands-on activities and demonstrations in origami paper folding, Kimono dressing, Shodo Japanese brush calligraphy, Gidayu Shamisen and Ozashiki Shamisen workshops.
Japan Week 2023 Workshops (July 5-8,2023)
- Kimono Dressing, Wednesday, July 5, 2-3pm, Japan Center West Mall
- Origami Workshop, Thursday, July 6, 2-3pm, Japan Center West Mall
- Shodo Japanese Calligraphy Demonstration, Friday, July 7, 2-3pm, Japan Center West Mall
- Gidayu Shamisen Workshop, Saturday, July 8, 2-3pm, Japantown East Mall, Studio Gen, Suite 505
- Ozashiki Shamisen Workshop, Saturday, July 8, 6:15-7:15pm, Japantown East Mall, Studio Gen, Suite 505. Note that ticket option is listed as 6-7pm.
Reserve your tickets today as each workshop is limited to 25 participants. Those without a ticket may watch.
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
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