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Drums, swords, singers and more planned for 2013 Japan Festival Oct. 5 at JCCC
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Want to feel the percussive power of a Japanese drum group? Or view and learn about traditional Japanese swords? Perhaps you’d like to get a photo of yourself in Samurai armor? Activities abound at the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Johnson County Community College.
The festival, now in its 16th year, runs from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Carlsen Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and children, and free to children under 5.
Back by popular demand is Denver Taiko!, a group comprised of third, fourth, and fifth generations of Japanese Americans who delight audiences with heart-thumping crescendos on traditional Japanese drums.
Also returning is Aya Uchida, a vocalist who introduces listeners to both classical Japanese songs and the new emerging pop sound from Japan.
A special opportunity for festival attendees this year is to enjoy “Kyogen” (traditional Japanese comedy) and a Japanese singer performing “Min’yo” (traditional Japanese folk songs).
Japanese-style slot machines called pachinko also will be set up on site, allowing for festival attendees to court Lady Luck for free!
The day is filled with cultural presentations, demonstrations and workshops. Festival favorites include Miyuki, the famous Japanese candy artist; kids’ activities; anime and manga; buyo dancing; and traditional Japanese food and snacks. Want to bring home a souvenir? The festival also includes a bazaar where many items related to Japanese culture will be sold.
The Heart of America Japan-America Society and the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival Committee sponsor the event. For more information, including a full schedule of events, go to http://www.kcjapanfestival.org.