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!
Get your name written in Japanese
One Piece Anime Booth
Stop by the and give the Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course a try!
Fun for all ages!
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. Learn more at: Ho Etsu Tiako Website
Check out Ho Etsu Taiko and all of our other great performances
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!
Hibachi 4 Hire
Crank and Boom Ice Cream
Honnah Lee/Bubble Tea
Bluegrass Kettle Masters
Montea Tea Company
JASK Beer Trailer
Marketplace Vendors Lucky Cat Museum Tangerine Mountain Import Berea Bonsai Bittersweet Haven JASK Market/T-shirt/Pokemon Yuki Pearl Trading Company Asian Invasion
Japan Workshop Series
Stop by the Workshop tent throughout the day for seminars on Japanese Cooking, Ikebana demonstration (Japanese Flower Arrangement), Taiko Drumming, Basic Japanese Language