September 12, 2015
11:00 am - 7:00 pm 

Volunteers are still needed!!  
To sign up click HERE

Try on Kimono Sumo Taiken Activity Booths Japanese Gourmet Market
Try on a traditional Japanese Kimono and walk around the Festival in Style! Appropriate for all ages and sizes.
FREE to try!
Ever wondered what it would be like to be two or three times your size? Now you can with our Sumo Taiken!

Throw on these Sumo Suits and challenge your friend, family member, or fellow sumo admirer at the festival. This is one activity you don't want to miss!
Check out our Activity Booths for fun for the whole family!
  • Japanese Games
  • Origami
  • Get your name written in Japanese
  • One Piece Anime Booth
  • Learn Japanese

Stop by the Japanese market for all your Japanese goods! Authentic Japanese snacks, candy, food, and drink! 

Ho Etsu Taiko

Ho Etsu Taiko, a collective of musicians with a fresh take on the art of Japanese drumming, will be the Main Event at this year's festival. Their deep Chicago roots ground their work in a variety of musical styles, from Jazz to Latin and Hip Hop. They work to spread joy and vitality through each and every drumbeat. 
Youtube Video

Junko Fujiyama

Junko Fujiyama is a talented Japanese singer and songwriter who performs her unique style of Japanese-American fusion at shows throughout the United States. In addition to her original scores, she also covers Anime songs such as Ghibili’s Totoro and Castle in the Sky, as well as Dragonball Z and Cutie Honey. She is a trained vocalist in multiple genre’s such as pop, rock, children’s music, and the traditional Japanese folk music, Enka.  Youtube Video

Hiroya Tsukamoto

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one of a kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after. In 1994, Hiroya entered The Osaka University and while at college in Japan, Hiroya was introduced to a musical and social movement in South America called Nueva Cancion headed by musical legends such as Victor Jara and Violeta Parra. Youtube Video

Check out Ho Etsu Taiko and all of our other great performances here at


Japanese Food

Yakisoba, Sushi, Gyudon, Ramen, and much more! The Japan Festival will be jammed packed with good Japanese food as well as Japanese snacks to take home. Stop by one of the many booths to get some delicious Japanese food and don't forget to make your way over to the JASK Booth for a refreshing drink and snow-cone to wash it down with!
Food/Beverage Vendors
Noodles & Co
Smokee DT's (BBQ)
Bubble Tea
Bluegrass Kettle Masters
JASK Beer Trailer
Snow Cones

Hakutsuru Sake Tasting

Hakutsuru Sake, one of Japan’s most famous sake brewers (founded in 1743), is sponsoring the Sakura Matsuri’s Sake Tasting Pavilion. Come in and learn all about Japanese sake as you sample six different varieties of sake from Nada, the “Napa Valley” of Japanese Sake.*

Japan Workshop Series

Stop by the Workshop tent throughout the day for seminars on Japanese Cooking, Ikebana demonstration (Japanese Flower Arrangement), stories from a former English Teacher in Japan, and an update on the Tsunami

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

  Volunteer needed!!  
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