Japanese Summer Festival 2019 Photos

Once a year the Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois hosts a Japanese Summer Festival with a heavy focus on traditional culture. With suits of samurai armor to try on, hand on origami work shops for kids, taiko, and even obon odori this event is an amazing sampler! Admission is generally under $10, and free to members of the gardens.

Garden Website: https://andersongardens.org/

Tea Group At Anderson Japanese Gardens: https://andersongardens.org/traditional-japanese-tea-gatherings-2-2/

Cleveland Fall Bonsai Show


Date: Sept 28th & 29th 2019

Address: Rockefeller Park Greenhouse 750 E 88th St, Cleveland, Ohio 44108

Official Site: http://www.clevelandbonsaiclub.org

The Cleveland Bonsai Club is hosting a Fall show the weekend of Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th.

Come and see more than 50 trees and learn about the art of bonsai! Trees will be on display at all stages of development. Vendors will have trees, pots, and other bonsai supplies for sale.

Demonstrations daily! Learn how these trees are selected, potted, wired, trimmed, and cared for from our club masters.

While you’re here, visit the beautiful greenhouses and gardens of Rockefeller Greenhouse.

The show is free and open to the public, though donations are accepted. Free parking!

Ginza Holiday Festival 2019

Save the date and mark your calendar for the 64th GINZA 2019 Holiday Festival– A 3 day celebration of Japanese Culture at Midwest Buddhist Temple – Chicago!

Date: Aug 9th – 11th, 2019
Location: Midwest Bhuddist Temple @ 435 W Menomonee St, Chicago, IL 60614
Website: https://ginzaholiday.com/

Ginza Festival Entertainment Lineup:

  • Minyo Japanese Folk Dance – MBT Minyo Group
  • Taiko Drumming – MBT Taiko Group / Ho Etsu Taiko
  • Ukelele Performance – Na Kupuna Ukelele Group
  • Judo – Kokushikan Judo Academy
  • Kendo – Choyokan Kendo Dojo
  • Aikido – Midwest Aikido Federation
  • Koto Music – Koto’n with Flute from the Chicago Koto Group

Ginza Festival Merchants:

  • ARIYAMA STUDIO – Contemporary woodblock prints
  • ASIAN ARTIQUE – Asian antique art objects
  • ENTROPYWARE – Jewelry
  • JEFF CHIU CERAMICS – Handmade ceramics
  • LISA L CERAMICS – Handmade ceramics
  • MIHARU SHIRAHATA & MORI WA UMI NO KOBITO – Framed artworks, picture books
  • MBT BOOKSTORE – Books and other educational materials about Buddhism
  • OHIO KIMONO – Japanese clothing and kimono
  • ORIGAMI ONLY – Origami art
  • PLUMTREE STUDIO – Functional ceramic pieces
  • POMEGRANATE DESIGNS – Washi paper art
  • SANSEI ARTISANS – Japanese craft items
  • SHINSEN CALLIGRAPHY – Japanese calligraphy
  • SHOP MBT – Japanese items, shopping bags, household items
  • SNL DESIGNZ – Japanese crafts
  • SUMO FISH – T-shirts
  • TOUCH OF GLASS – Glass jewelry and other glass items
  • UNIVERSAL ARK – Jewelry

Night Market Cleveland Returns In 2019

” As the sun sets and the lights come on, Cleveland’s Old Chinatown comes to life as a vibrant and bustling Pan-Asian- fusion street market. Join us for one of Cleveland’s most unique experiences and discover what makes Night Market Cleveland and Asiatown one of Cleveland’s must-see destinations! “

One of the larger festivals focused on Asian culture has returned to the Cleveland Night scene! This unique festival draws attention to Cleveland’s Chinatown as a diverse showcase of local Asian-American owned businesses! In 2017 this event attracted well over 60,000 people which caused it to outgrow it’s venue, and the festival to be put on delay as plans were developed and a new venue located to handle the bustling crowds. The festival is back for the 2019 season and has 4 dates you can attend!



2136 Rockwell Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114

The event takes place on Rockwell Ave, between 21st and 24th Street


June 21st, July 26th, August 30th, September 27th 2019

“The beauty of events like Night Market Cleveland are twofold. Not only do you get to experience a neighborhood that might not be your regular hangout spot, but you also get to sample food and visit boutique vendors that you might never have known existed. The exposure to the different cultures and culinary delights that our city has to offer is invaluable. Plus, events like this remind us that we are part of a larger community; a community that loves the city of Cleveland and wants to do all it can to promote what the city has to offer, with an ethnic twist.”


Tanabata Festival 七夕祭り

Tanabata Festival 七夕祭り

Hosted by Japan-America Society of Central Ohio

Celebrate Tanabata – the Star Festival – and the Japan-America relationship in Central Ohio at Coffman Park in Dublin on Sunday, July 7!

The traditional Japanese festival Tanabata takes place on the seventh month of the seventh day, believed to be the only day when the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi can meet. We’ll be holding a special celebration on this day, working together with local Japan-related organizations to hold a festival celebrating Japanese culture.

There will be musical performances, food, festival games, and more!

The festival is free and open to all.

Visit http://jas-co.org/event-3349223 for more information.



Festival Games

yoyo-tsuri (water balloon yoyo fishing) | ヨーヨー釣り
superball-sukui (superball scooping) | スパーボールすくい
wanage (ring toss) | 輪投げ
shateki (target shooting) | 射的
Tanzaku Writing Station | 短冊テント


2:00 – Hiuchi Daiko / 火打太鼓
2:30 – The Columbus Koto Ensemble/ コロンバス琴アンサンブル
3:00 – Columbus Kimono / コロンバス着物
3:30 – J-ART band / J-ARTバンド
4:00 – Break
4:15 – Ukelele Group / ウクレレ隊
4:45 – Dublin Baptist Church ESL Gospel Choir / ダブリンバプテスト教会ESLゴスペルクワイア
5:15 – Dublin Taiko Group / ダブリン太鼓

Yakisoba | 焼きそば
Corndogs | アメリカンドッグ
Cotton Candy | 綿あめ
Shaved Ice | かき氷