SANTA CRUZ, CA -- The 27th Annual Japanese Cultural Fair adds its unique rhythms to historic Mission Plaza in Santa Cruz on Saturday, June 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The free festival features exotic Japanese foods, arts and crafts and cultural performances. The festival is presented by JCF, a non-profit all-volunteer organization and is co-sponsored by the City of Santa Cruz Sister Cities Committee and others.
The Watsonville Taiko Drummers lead off this year's performers. This group has more than 20 assorted drums fashioned mostly by hand here in California. Drums are different sizes to allow staccato rhythms to evolve into intricate themes and acrobatic feats as the drummers challenge one another to increase the pace and keep up energy.
Also featured will be the quiet tones of the Koto ancient zither by Shirley Muramoto, a native of Oakland, California and storytelling by Brenda Aoki, UCSC graduate, performing Obake! Tales of Spirits Past and Present. Singing, Kyogen theatre, northern Japan shamisen and Bon odori and Okinawan dance are also on the program. Food booths serve a wide variety of delicious traditional foods and drink; craft and art booths offer flute-making, sumie ink painting, haiku poetry, paper art, jewelry and textiles, ceramics and joinery, information on Japanese travel and culture. The Sister Cities Committee will be on hand selling soft drinks and displaying artworks from a recent art exchange with its sister city of Shingu, Japan.
The kids' area has fun, hands-on activities. Nearby venues demonstrate tea ceremony, Ikebana flower arranging, Bonsai presentation by the Watsonville Bonsai Club and martial arts. Events (including raffle prizes) continue throughout the day offering something to enjoy for the whole family. The famous San Francisco Taiko drummers wind up the day's performances on the main stage.
EVENT DAY SCHEDULE:
Main Stage Schedule
11:00 am Chanting/ Zen Center Members
11:30 am Taiko/ Watsonville Taiko Group
12:00 pm Martial Arts Demonstration/ Aikido of Santa Cruz
12:30 pm Official Greetings/ Mayor of Santa Cruz + Japanese Consul General at San Francisco
12:50 pm Koto/ Marimo Kai
1:10 pm Minyou/ Matsutoyo Kai
1:40 pm Shakuhachi/ Karl Young
2:00 pm Bon Odori/ Chieko
2:30 pm Kyogen/ Theatre of Yugen
3:00 pm Shamisen/ Hougaku Kai
3:30 pm Okinawan Dance/ Ohtori Kinsen-Kai
4:00 pm Koto/ Shirley Muramoto Koto Studio
4:30 pm Folktale/ Brenda Aoki
5:00 pm Taiko/ San Francisco Taiko Dojo
MC: Doug Grude
Meditation Stage Schedule at Zen Center
11:00 am Bonsai Demonstration/ Don White
12:00 pm Miso & Natto Workshop/ Manfred Warmuth
1:00 pm Ikebana/ Ikenobo Watsonville Group
2:00 pm Kimono Workshop/ Keiko
3:00 pm Tea Ceremony/Tsuji Shachu
1:00-5:00 pm Otemae (Tea Ceremony Workshop) 1:15 2:15 4:15
4:00-5:00 pm Obon Sejiki Ceremony (food offering to spirits and ancestors in Zen tradition)
See JCF website for more information : www.jcfsantacruz.org
Bicycle parking area at Mission Plaza Park (free bike valet by People Power).
Japanese Cultural Fair is a non-profit organization (501)(c)(3) #31-1622733
Donations to JCF are tax-deductible.