Current Events

This Year's Events

Welcome to the festival! Below are complete schedules of events, from Friday to Sunday.

View the schedule in PDF format here: printable 2015 schedule

SPECIAL EVENTS
  • Opening Ceremony
    Armory, main stage
    6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Handcrafted Forms: Traditions and Techniques
    Seattle Center Pavillion
    All day - closes May 6
  • 40th Annual Exhibit: 70th Anniversary of WWII
    Seattle Center Pavilion
    All day, all weekend
  • Wakayama in All Its Splendor: Photo Exhibition
    Seattle Center Pavilion
    All day, all weekend
  • Mini Comic Exhibit
    Pacific Passages: Lady Washington in Japan
    Seattle Center Pavilion
    All day, all weekend
  • Closing Ceremony
    Fisher Pavilion, main stage
    5:30pm - 5:45pm
Friday 4/24
ART & ACTIVITIES
  • Go Lessons for Kids
    Armory, loft balcony
    9:00am - 4:00pm
DRAMA
  • Puppetry by Mimibunko
    Armory, main stage
    10:00 - 10:30am
    11:00 - 11:30am
MUSIC
  • Music by KAHO
    Fisher Pavilion, main stage
    12:45 - 1:00pm
LECTURE AND FILM
  • Documentary Screenings: SHORTS
    David Ishii Booksellers, 4 Mins
    Documentary about a former Japanese American bookstore owner in Pioneer Square, who sold many Asian American authors' stories and promotes them
    Directed by Lowell Doug Ing | Email: DougIng@gmail.com

    Cookies For Sale (Fictional), 3 mins
    A fun fiction of a little girl engaging in battle with a very grumpy neighbor, while selling cookies door-to-door
    Directed and written by Wes Kim
    Starring Julia James, Travis Meyers, and Yuji Okumoto

    What Are You Anyways? (Animation) 11 mins
    Jeff Chiba talks about growing up half-Japanese in mostly-white Kelowna, BC, Canada. His classmates can't figure out his ethnicity.
    Directed and written by Jeff Chiba Stearns
    Starring Jeff Chiba Stearns, Harry Chiba, and Noah Trites
    Located in the Armory,
    loft 3
    Please refer to screening schedule in loft 3
  • Storytelling by Lori Whaley
    Fisher Pavilion, main stage
    11:00 - 11:30am
  • Choose Your Life Adventure by Lydia Minatoya
    Fisher Pavilion, main stage
    11:30 - 12:00pm
    1:00 - 1:30pm
  • Japanese Speech and Skit Contest
    Presented by the Hyogo Business and Cultural Center, Washington Association of Teachers of Japanese, and Consulate General of Japan in Seattle
    Armory, loft 2
    9:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday 4/25
ART & ACTIVITIES
  • Origami Plane Contest
    Fisher Pavilion front grounds
    1:00 - 3:00pm
  • Ikebana by Ikebana International
    Fisher Pavilion, main stage
    1:30 - 2:00pm
  • Tea Ceremony by Tanko Kai
    Fisher Pavilion, Tea House
    2:00 - 2:30pm
DRAMA
  • Puppetry by Mimibunko
    Armory, main stage
    1:15 - 1:45pm
MUSIC
  • Cherry Blossom Trio
    Armory, main stage
    12:15 - 12:30pm
    2:15 - 2:30pm
  • Stanford Int'l School's Song and Dance
    Armory, main stage
    12:30 - 12:40pm
  • Japanese Language Vocals
    Armory, main stage
    12:45 - 1:15pm
  • Music by KAHO
    Fisher Pavilion, main stage
    Saturday, 1:00 - 1:15pm
    2:30 - 2:45pm
  • Taiko by Taiko Kai
    Outside Seattle Center Pavilion, in Taiko Square
    Saturday, 1:00 - 1:30pm
    In case of rain: main stage
  • Taiko by Kaze Daiko
    Fisher Pavilion, on the roof
    Saturday, 12:30 - 1:00pm
    In case of rain: 4:15 - 4:45pm, Seattle Center Pavilion main stage
  • Heart Mountain Chamber Opera
    Armory, main stage
    2:30 - 3:00pm
  • Shamisen: Dojoji Kineya Taka
    Armory, main stage
    3:00 - 3:30pm
  • Uguisu Chorus
    Armory, main stage
    3:30 - 4:00pm
  • Okinawan Dance and Music
    Armory, main stage
    4:00 - 4:45pm
  • KOTOJAZZ by Chris Kenji Beer
    Armory, main stage
    4:45 - 5:15pm
  • Fujima Dance and Shamisen Ensemble
    Armory, main stage
    5:15 - 5:45pm
  • Koto by Miyagi Kai
    Fisher Pavilion, main stage
    3:30 - 4:00pm
MARTIAL ARTS
  • Classical Bujutsu by Shintokan Dojo
    Fisher Pavilion, outdoor stage
    11:30 - 12:30pm
    In case of rain: Fisher Pavilion, main stage
  • Kendo by Pacific Northwest Kendo Federation
    Armory, main stage
    1:45 - 2:15pm
  • Judo by Budokan Dojo
    Fisher Pavilion, outdoor stage
    4:00 - 4:30pm
    In case of rain: Fisher Pavilion, main stage
LECTURE AND FILM
  • Documentary Screenings: SHORTS
    David Ishii Booksellers, 4 Mins
    Documentary about a former Japanese American bookstore owner in Pioneer Square, who sold many Asian American authors' stories and promotes them
    Directed by Lowell Doug Ing | Email: DougIng@gmail.com

    Cookies For Sale (Fictional), 3 mins
    A fun fiction of a little girl engaging in battle with a very grumpy neighbor, while selling cookies door-to-door
    Directed and written by Wes Kim
    Starring Julia James, Travis Meyers, and Yuji Okumoto

    What Are You Anyways? (Animation) 11 mins
    Jeff Chiba talks about growing up half-Japanese in mostly-white Kelowna, BC, Canada. His classmates can't figure out his ethnicity.
    Directed and written by Jeff Chiba Stearns
    Starring Jeff Chiba Stearns, Harry Chiba, and Noah Trites
    Locate in the Armory,
    loft 3
    10:00 - 11:00am
  • Abare Shogun Festival Screening
    Stories based on the feudal leader of Wakayama who became the 8th Shogun, Tokugawa Yoshimune
    Armory, loft 3
    11:00 - 12:35pm
  • Japan in The Schools
    History of Japan by JASSW
    Armory, main stage
    11:45 - 12:15pm
  • Rescue of Polish Children From Siberia by Japan
    presented by Martha Golubiec
    Armory, loft 3
    12:45 - 1:45pm
  • Documentary Screening: Omoide (Hunt Hostel)
    Armory, loft 3
    1:45 - 2:45pm
  • Emergency Preparedness
    Special Speakers: Sandi Doughton, Seattle Times Science
    Debbie Goetz, Community Planning Coordinator, City of Seattle Emergency Management
    Moderated by David Yamaguchi, author of "Orphan Tsunami"
    Sandi Doughton will also be available for signing her book, "Full Rip 9.0"
    Armory, loft 3
    2:45 - 3:45pm
  • Documentary Screening: Japanese American History Unknown
    A 45-minute condensed screening, with a question and answer session
    Armory, loft 3
    3:45 - 5:00pm
Sunday 4/26
ART & ACTIVITIES
  • Origami Plane Contest
    Fisher Pavilion front grounds
    1:00 - 3:00pm
  • Tea Ceremony by Shosei Kai
    Fisher Pavilion, Tea House
    1:00 - 1:30pm
  • Ikebana by Ikebana International
    Fisher Pavilion, main stage
    1:30 - 2:00pm
  • Shodo by Beikoku Shodo Kenku Kai
    Fisher Pavilion, main stage
    2:30 - 3:30pm
MARTIAL ARTS
  • Shorinji Kempo by Seattle Kempo
    Fisher Pavilion, outdoor stage
    11:30 - 12:00pm
    In case of rain: Fisher Pavilion, main stage
  • Iaido by Muso Shinden Ryu
    Fisher Pavilion, outdoor stage
    12:00 - 12:30pm
    In case of rain: inside Fisher Pavilion
  • Iaido Battojutsu by Seibu Ryu
    Armory, main stage
    12:30 - 1:00pm
  • Karate by Seattle Seido
    Armory, main stage
    2:45 - 3:15pm
  • Karate by Emerald City
    Fisher Pavilion, outdoor stage
    3:00 - 3:30pm
  • Aikido by Ki Aikido USA
    Armory, main stage
    3:45 - 4:15pm
  • Judo by Seattle Dojo
    Armory, main stage
    4:15 - 4:45pm
  • Karate by Washington Karate
    Armory, main stage
    4:45 - 5:15pm
MUSIC
  • Taiko by Inochi
    Armory, main stage
    11:30 - 12:00pm
  • Dance and Music by Kabuki Academy
    Armory, main stage
    12:00 - 12:30pm
  • Taiko by School of Taiko
    Armory, main stage
    1:00 - 1:30pm
  • Taiko by Matsuri Taiko
    Outside Seattle Center Pavilion, in Taiko Square
    1:30 - 2:00pm
    In case of rain: main stage
  • Yelm Prairie Elementary Choir Opera URASHIMA
    Armory, main stage
    1:30 - 2:00pm
  • AMERICAN DREAM: by Seattle Opera
    Armory, main stage
    2:00 - 2:45pm
  • KOTOJAZZ by Chris Kenji Beer
    Fisher Pavilion, main stage
    12:30 - 12:45pm
    3:30 - 3:45pm
  • Taiko by Seattle Kokon
    Armory, main stage
    3:15 - 3:45pm
    5:15 - 5:45pm
  • Music by KAHO
    Fisher Pavilion, main stage
    3:45 - 4:00pm
    5:00 - 5:15pm
LECTURE AND FILM
  • Documentary Screenings: SHORTS
    David Ishii Booksellers, 4 Mins
    Documentary about a former Japanese American bookstore owner in Pioneer Square, who sold many Asian American authors' stories and promotes them
    Directed by Lowell Doug Ing | Email: DougIng@gmail.com

    Cookies For Sale (Fictional), 3 mins
    A fun fiction of a little girl engaging in battle with a very grumpy neighbor, while selling cookies door-to-door
    Directed and written by Wes Kim
    Starring Julia James, Travis Meyers, and Yuji Okumoto

    What Are You Anyways? (Animation) 11 mins
    Jeff Chiba talks about growing up half-Japanese in mostly-white Kelowna, BC, Canada. His classmates can't figure out his ethnicity.
    Directed and written by Jeff Chiba Stearns
    Starring Jeff Chiba Stearns, Harry Chiba, and Noah Trites
    Located in the Armory,
    loft 3
    Please refer to screening schedule in loft 3
  • Japan in the Schools:
    Japan Trivia Quiz by JASSW
    Armory, main stage
    11:00 - 11:30am
  • Educational Screening: EIN NO ZERO
    Armory, loft 3
    12:00 - 2:30pm
  • Choose Your Life Adventure by Lydia Minatoya
    Fisher Pavilion, main stage
    1:00 - 1:30pm
  • Educational Screening: WINGS OF DEFEAT
    by Risa Morimoto
    Armory, loft 3
    2:45 - 3:15pm
  • Storytelling by Lori Whaley
    Fisher Pavilion, main stage
    2:00 - 2:30pm
  • Shamisen: About Dojoji Kineya Taka
    Translated by Dillon Brown
    Fisher Pavilion, main stage
    4:15 - 5:00pm
ONGOING BOOTHS AND ACTIVITIES
ORGANIZATION INFORMATION
  • JET / Amanogawa programs
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Consulate General of Japan
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Shunju-Kai (JBAS)
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association
    Armory
  • Hyogo Business and Cultural Center
    Armory
  • Seattle Go Center
    Armory
  • Japanese Cultural and Community Center
    Armory
  • Minidoka Pilgrimage
    Armory
  • Japanese Community Service
    Armory
  • Japanese Language School
    Armory
  • Japan-America Society of the State of Washington
    Armory
ORGANIZATION INFORMATION
  • Japanese American Citizens League
    Armory
  • Nikkei Concerns
    Armory
  • Kawabe Memorial House
    Armory
  • Kenjin-Kai Association
    Armory
  • Regional Taiko Group
    Armory
  • Megumi Preschool
    Armory
  • Seattle Opera
    Armory
  • Lighthouse
    Armory
  • North American Post
    Armory
  • The Nature Conservancy
    Armory
  • API-CHAYA
    Armory
  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service
    Armory
ORGANIZATION INFORMATION
  • JET / Amanogawa programs
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Consulate General of Japan
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Shunju-Kai (JBAS)
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Seattle Kobe Sister City Association
    Armory
  • Hyogo Business and Cultural Center
    Armory
  • Seattle Go Center
    Armory
  • Japanese Cultural and Community Center
    Armory
  • Minidoka Pilgrimage
    Armory
  • Japanese Community Service
    Armory
  • Japanese Language School
    Armory
  • Japan-America Society of the State of Washington
    Armory
  • Japanese American Citizens League
    Armory
  • Nikkei Concerns
    Armory
  • Kawabe Memorial House
    Armory
  • Kenjin-Kai Association
    Armory
  • Regional Taiko Group
    Armory
  • Megumi Preschool
    Armory
  • Seattle Opera
    Armory
  • Lighthouse
    Armory
  • North American Post
    Armory
  • The Nature Conservancy
    Armory
  • API-CHAYA
    Armory
  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service
    Armory
FOOD COURT
  • Cookies by Setsuko Pastry
    inside Fisher Pavilion
  • Imagawayaki by Konko Kyodai
    outside Fisher Pavilion
  • Curry by Cutting Board
    inside Fisher Pavilion
  • Takoyaki by Tako Kyuuban
    outside Fisher Pavilion
  • Gyudon beef bowl
    inside Fisher Pavilion
  • Tea by My Green Tea
    inside Fisher Pavilion
  • Hotto-Doggu
    outside Fisher Pavilion
GAMES
  • Kimono Dress-Up by SKCA
    Armory, loft balcony
    All day, all weekend!
  • Furoshiki Wrapping by Lynn Miyauchi
    Armory, loft 3
    Friday
  • Kite Making by SCB
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Chopstick Games by SCB
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Traditional Toys by SCB
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Chiyogami Dolls by Kuniko Manchini
    Fisher Pavilion
DEMOS & ACTIVITIES
  • Poems by Hokubei Senryuu
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Saganishiki by Jan Paul
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Sword Polishing by Token Konno
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Yoroi Armor by Lynn Miyauchi
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Zokei Bonsai by Setsuko Evans
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Tea Ceremony, Urasenke Tradition by Masae Okano Sosei Nakagawa
    Fisher Pavilion
ARTS & CRAFTS
  • Calligraphy by Beikoku Shodo Kenkyu Kai
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Calligraphy by Meito Kai
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Ikebana International
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Kibori by Naomi Schneider
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Kimono Kitsuke by Naoko Hirota
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Kiri-E by Aki Sogabe
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Kumihimo by Mary Ann Ariizumi
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Origami by Tanpopo no Kai
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Origami by PAPER
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Puget Sound Sumi Artists
    Fisher Pavilion
  • Temari by Emily Hamilton
    Fisher Pavilion, Friday and Saturday only
EXPLORE
lecture photo
Ikebana Emerging in the 6th century, ikebana developed from ritualized flower offerings into an art form all its own.
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Shodo
Shodo Shodo, Japanese calligraphy, is a fine art form all its own and extends back a millenia. Take up a brush and experience this rich tradition!  learn more
2015 SCHEDULE:
  • Friday 4/24:   10am-6pm
  • Saturday 4/25:   10am-6pm
  • Sunday 4/26:  10am-6pm
  • Opening ceremony: Friday, 6pm, on the Armory stage