Past Events Archive

Japan Day Festival

June 26, 2016

Celebrate the cultural heritage of Japantown with a special 110th Year Performance from Japanese artists from Tokyo, Chicago, and Bay Area. Taiko, Japanese Classical & folk dance, Japanese dolls, Okiya Style Shamisen music, and more. In partnership with GenRyu Arts.

FREE Live Performances and Demonstrations by:


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

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

*Workshops offered throughout the week of June 21st-26th for more info.

Obon Odori: By Michiya Hanayagi, Instructor 4:00 – 5:00pm

Bon Odori is a traditional summer festival in which we honor our ancestors who have passed on and celebrate their ongoing presence in the lives we enjoy today. Join us for practices on June 13th, June 15th, June 20th, June 22nd, 6:15-7:15 PM @ May’s Coffee Shop

Hosted in partnership with GenRyu Arts

When: 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Where: Japantown Peace Plaza
Cost: Free