2018 Kansas City Japan Festival

KC JAPAN FESTIVAL 2018

Festival begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018 | Carlsen Center (exchange ticket for wrist band)

$5 - $15; ages 5 and under are free Individual Tickets

(not eligible for faculty/staff or student discount)


The 2018 Festival will be the fourteenth festival held on the campus of the Johnson County Community College.


The Opening Ceremonies will include music, remarks by distinguished guests and the ritual of Kagamiwari – the breaking of a sake barrel and toast to open the 2018 GKC Japan Festival.

The featured topic for this year's festival is Shodo: The Japanese Art of Calligraphy. Maps of the various festival venues will be found at information booths throughout the Carlsen Center and Regnier Center.

Guests from Japan

Special Guest Ryoichi Kinoshita-Sensei

A very special opportunity for festival attendees this year is the appearance of Ryoichi Kinoshita Sensei (Aikido 7th Dan Shihan; Shodo Shihan) from Osaka, Japan. Kinoshita Sensei is a renowned Aikido martial arts master and a calligraphy master. This is a very rare opportunity to see such a renowned master from Japan.

Special Guest Yukari Nakano-Sensei

Another special opportunity for attendees this year is Yukari Nakano Sensei, also coming from Japan. She is one of the top calligraphy masters in Japan and a member of the prestigious Japan Art Academy. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice the art of calligraphy with a real Japanese master.

Other festival attractions

  • Traditional Japanese Musical Performances | 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Denver Taiko, Koto, Shakuhachi, Aya Uchida (Japanese Pop Singer from Kyoto, Japan), Ki-Daiko, Three Trails Taiko.
  • Traditional Japanese Food | 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Sama Zama, 425 Westport Road, KCMO • Nara, 1617 Main St., KCMO • Aso Sushi, 8615 Hauser Court, Lenexa • JCCC Dining-Sushi with Gusto • Café Tempo
  • Japanese Candy Artist Miyuki Sugimori
  • Traditional Japanese Snacks and Sweets
  • Bazaar Shopping Extravaganza
    • Unique Japanese craft Items, kimono, dolls and much more
  • Exhibits
    • Samurai swords, samurai armor, kimonos, Japanese dolls, ikebana and bonsai
  • Japanese Cultural Village
    • Fun activities, pictures in kimono and samurai armor, craft shop, origami kits and much more
  • Workshops and Demonstrations — Cultural Presentations
    • Many workshops, presentations and demonstrations about the Japanese culture
  • Martial Arts
    • Demonstrations and workshops 
  • Anime and Manga
    • Vendors, cosplay contest with cash prizes. Sign up at www.kcjapanfestival.org

Volunteers welcome

Want to volunteer at the GKCJF? To sign up go to www.kcjapanfestival.org