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JAPAN! Summer Festival 日本祭り

  • 20 Aug 2011
  • 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Jacobson Park, Shelter 6, Lexington


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Please consider a donation of $5 or more per family member when you register. Help us keep the event free. REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE FESTIVAL (but appreciated).

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Summer Festival

August 20, 2011
3:00pm - 8:30pm (dusk)
Jacobson Park, Shelter 6

Jacobson Park
4001 Athens-Boonesboro Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40509

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JASK has supported cultural exchange between Japanese and Americans in Kentucky since Toyota’s arrival in 1987.  On August 20, join us for our 4th Annual JAPAN! Summer Festival, a large-scale outdoor event for Kentuckians and their families. 

Come explore Japan - enjoy Japanese cuisine and cultureSee more pictures.

Want to volunteer?  We need reliable folks to take volunteer shifts for some of our programs.  Register here

More Details Coming Soon

Start Preparing for the JAPAN! Idol Contest

The Stage
Big, loud, Taiko drums.  Soft, engrossing, ancient melody from the Japanese stringed koto and shamisen.  Martial arts such as kendo.  It's all on our stage.  

3:30pm Taiko Performance The Dublin Taiko Group
4:00pm Koto Performance by Garret Uyeno
4:30pm Japanese Idol
5:30pm Kendo Performance by CKKC
6:00pm  Chorus by Rainbow Chorus
6:25pm  Japanese Idol Announcement
6:30pm  Koto Performance by Garret Uyeno
6:55pm  Japanese Folk Dance
7:20pm  Taiko Performance The Dublin Taiko Group
8:10pm  Japanese Folk Dancing, join us!

The Food
Save room for dinner and dessert.  Lexington's finest Japanese cuisine comes to you!  

 yakisoba (noodle-dish)

Seki yakiniku-don (beef with rice), teriyaki-don (chicken with rice)

School curry rice, California roll sushi

Dong Yang Asian Market Japanese snacks, drinks, and ice cream


Grilled Corn
Happy Japan Food Truck

The Mini-Classes


Basic Japanese Phrases  Eriko Moore has been a translator and runs the EM Japanese School in Lexington.  Learn enough to get lost in Tokyo!

Japanese Ikebana Flower Art  Elena Masterson studied with the famous Ikenobou Group in Japan for two years and will explain the philosophy and skill of this fine art.  

Cooking in a Japanese Kitchen  Hiroko Naito, trained in Tokyo's top chef-schools, specializes in baking cakes.  She will teach about making Unagi Okowa & Chimaki ( Steamed Sweet Rice with Eel.

The Activity Booths
  • Kimono Dress-up Studio - try one on and take pictures
  • Water-balloon Yo-yo Game - fish for balloons in this common Japanese festival-game
  • Consulate General of Nashville - Learn more about how Japan's presence is felt throughout the South through its regional Consulate
  • Origami - learn to fold the paper crane, pikachu, and other fun shapes
  • Chopstick Game - race your friends to move small items with chopsticks
  • Calligraphy - have your name painted on a fan
  • Tea - sample Japanese tea
  • Nintendo Wii - play all you want

The Japanese Flea Market 
Shop like you're in Ginza (kind-of).  Japanese families will set up their own local "flea market." You will find an array of Japanese goods that you cannot find in American stores.

Other Vendors
Happy Japan
 - Nashville-based knick-knacks store brings many Japanese gift and kids items (stationary, lunchboxes, toys)    Usborne Books - 

The Japan Idol Contest
Come on: you know you want to try...

Memorize a Japanese karaoke song and sing your heart out!  Just a $10 entry fee - we can even help you find a song - and you get a shot at the $1,000 first prize.  Don't speak Japanese?  Even better.  More details here.  

Get Up and Go!

Some details to know before you GO! 
  • Admission is FREE.  A donation at the entrance to the park helps us keep the event free. 
  • Food, drinks, some games, and shopping will cost money.  Cash-only.  
  • Summer is hot.  We have water on site but consider bringing your own.  This year we start later in the day to take advantage of the cooler evening, especially for guests to enjoy a dinner of fine Japanese food.  
  • Many guests bring their own chairs to relax in while they enjoy the diverse stage performances.
  • There will be portable restrooms on-site and Jacobson has handicap-access restrooms within a short walk.  
  • Shelter 6 is in the back of Jacobson Park, near camp Kearney, past the creative playground.  It is where "Friday Night Flicks" takes place.
  • If there is rain - the show will go on.  Some stage events will be affected but we will adjust and enjoy Japan... in the rain.                                                   


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*New activities may be added before the Festival so check back and click the link for possible brochure updates.  
Japan/America Society of Kentucky
464 Chenault Rd.
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 209-9630

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