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Date
Saturday, April 09, 2022
Time
11:00 a.m.
Place
Armory Food & Event Hall
Cost
Free Event

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival is part of the Seattle Center Festál series and produced in partnership with the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Committee.

In 2022, Seattle Center Festál is celebrating 25 years of stories and traditions. The theme, "Where the World Gathers" links together the series of 24 free festivals presented throughout the year, each with a unique cultural focus, identity, and range of engaging activities.

The festival deepens the understanding and serves as a vehicle for sharing Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage through hundreds of performing and martial arts, exhibits and demonstrations, hands-on children’s activities, culinary treats, and more! The festival will take place in-person  April 8-10, 11am-4pm in the Armory Food & Events Hall and Fisher Pavilion. In tandem, virtual programming will be available on the festival website.

COVID-19 Protocols:
In terms of COVID requirements, Seattle Center is a City of Seattle department. Thus, we are following the guidance from the City of Seattle as well as King County Public Health. Learn about Seattle Center's health and safety protocols at our events. To protect the public, City staff and contractors are asked to be fully vaccinated.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, APRIL 8

ARMORY STAGE (ALL-DAY)

  • Feature Films: NHK VOD, courtesy of Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle

ARMORY LOFT 2 &3 (ALL-DAY)

  • Shodo Calligraphy Display by Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai-Seattle
    • This exhibit showcases the work of the masters and up-and-coming artists from Beikoku Shodo Kenkyu Kai, founded by the late Reverend Kanshu Ikuta and his wife Hiroko Ikuta in 1965. Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai continues to outreach to new students and inspire interest in their style of shodo throughout the United States and Japan.

    • Shodo (書道), “the way of writing”, is the traditional art of Japanese calligraphy that uses brushes and special ink to artistically express the strokes of Japanese characters. It is a disciplined style that emphasizes simplicity, balance, and a connection between mind and body. Within the characters one can discover a rhythm and delicacy, strength and flow, a groundedness and agility.

  • Ikebana Display by Ikebana International, Chapter 19
    • Ikebana International is a worldwide organization founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1956. Seattle Chapter 19 was chartered on March 16, 1959. After 60 years of friendship through flowers, they celebrated their 60th Anniversary in June of 2019.

  • Go Game Lessons by Seattle Go Center
    • The Seattle Go Center teaches and promotes the Asian game of Go. This 4000 year old strategy board game continues to fascinate players from around the world. The Seattle Go Center was established in 1995, with its own building in the University District of Seattle, thanks to the generosity of a Japanese professional Go player, Iwamoto Kaoru and the Nihon Ki-in (the Japanese Go Association).

FISHER PAVILION

INDOOR

  • 11:15am: Japan Topic Videos, courtesy of Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle
  • 12:00pm / 1:30pm: Tea Ceremony (Urasenke) by Masaye Sosei Nakagawa at Tea House
  • 2:30pm: Secrets of Karate by Tobey Stansbury, Emerald City Karate
  • All-Day: Regional Japan Expo - Shokon (Soul of Artisans)
    • KenjinKais (Prefectural)
    • Cherry Blossom Sake Tasting Corner with Hyogo Business & Cultural Center
    • Advanced Origami by P.A.P.E.R. 
    • Saganishiki by Jan Paul
    • Seward Park - Torii Project Celebration
    • Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle
    • JET/Amanogawa Programs
    • Shunju-Kai (JBAS)
  • All-Day: JACL Seattle 100 Years Exhibition by JACL Seattle Chapter with Eastside Exhibit by Lake Washington Chapter
  • All Day: Food Court
SATURDAY, APRIL 9

ARMORY STAGE

  • 11:00am: Feature Films: NHK VOD, courtesy of Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle

ARMORY LOFT 2 &3 (ALL-DAY)

  • Shodo Calligraphy Display by Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai-Seattle
    • This exhibit showcases the work of the masters and up-and-coming artists from Beikoku Shodo Kenkyu Kai, founded by the late Reverend Kanshu Ikuta and his wife Hiroko Ikuta in 1965. Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai continues to outreach to new students and inspire interest in their style of shodo throughout the United States and Japan.

    • Shodo (書道), “the way of writing”, is the traditional art of Japanese calligraphy that uses brushes and special ink to artistically express the strokes of Japanese characters. It is a disciplined style that emphasizes simplicity, balance, and a connection between mind and body. Within the characters one can discover a rhythm and delicacy, strength and flow, a groundedness and agility.

  • Ikebana Display by Ikebana International, Chapter 19
    • Ikebana International is a worldwide organization founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1956. Seattle Chapter 19 was chartered on March 16, 1959. After 60 years of friendship through flowers, they celebrated their 60th Anniversary in June of 2019.

  • Go Game Lessons by Seattle Go Center
    • The Seattle Go Center teaches and promotes the Asian game of Go. This 4000 year old strategy board game continues to fascinate players from around the world. The Seattle Go Center was established in 1995, with its own building in the University District of Seattle, thanks to the generosity of a Japanese professional Go player, Iwamoto Kaoru and the Nihon Ki-in (the Japanese Go Association).

FISHER PAVILION

INDOOR

OUTDOOR

  • 11:30pm: Classical Bujutsu by Shintokan Dojo
  • 12:30pm: Karate by World Seido Karate
  • 1:30pm: MakoTaks and guest musicians
SUNDAY, APRIL 10

ARMORY STAGE

  • 11:00am: Feature Films: NHK VOD, Japan Topic Videos, courtesy of Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle
  • 12:00pm: Kabuki Academy
    • Mary Mariko Ohno opened the Kabuki Academy in 1983 to instruct Japanese classical dancing, Naga-uta style shamisen music and the general concepts of Kabuki Arts at Tacoma Community College, Seattle Central Community College and her studio in Tacoma, Washington (in the Pacific Northwest). By this time, the numbers of her enthusiastic students reach well over 500, including Americans, Japanese-Americans and even Japanese living in the U.S.A.
  • 12:30pm: JIS Program -  Japan-America Society of the State of Washington (JASSW)
  • 1:00pm: Taiko by Inochi Taiko
  • 2:00pm: Karate by Washington Karate Association
    • The Washington Karate Association - Ballard Dojo is the first Washington Karate Association school established by Hanshi Julius Thiry. Since the organization's inception in November 1966 up until 2004, the Ballard Dojo was located on the corner of 85th and 15th Ave NW and has been a familiar Seattle icon to Ballard residents for over 50 years.

  • 2:30pm: Fujima Ensemble (Dance/Music)
  • 3:15pm: Taiko by Seattle Kokon Taiko
    • Seattle Kokon Taiko is a performing group based in the local Japanese American community. SKT traces its roots to the Seattle Taiko Group, which formed in April 1980 following a dynamic performance by Ondekoza at the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival. In 1987, three members left STG to form Kokon Taiko Ensemble and focus on smaller, more musical performance pieces. In 1992, these two groups merged to form Seattle Kokon Taiko.

    • Early teachers and influences included: Seiichi Tanaka and San Francisco Taiko Dojo, San Jose Taiko, Kinnara Taiko, and Katari Taiko. Later influences include Uzume Taiko, Kenny Endo and Kodo. Over the years, they have performed at schools, arts festivals, street fairs, community programs, corporate events and in concert throughout Washington and Oregon.

ARMORY LOFT 2 &3 (ALL-DAY)

  • Shodo Calligraphy Display by Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai-Seattle
    • This exhibit showcases the work of the masters and up-and-coming artists from Beikoku Shodo Kenkyu Kai, founded by the late Reverend Kanshu Ikuta and his wife Hiroko Ikuta in 1965. Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai continues to outreach to new students and inspire interest in their style of shodo throughout the United States and Japan.

    • Shodo (書道), “the way of writing”, is the traditional art of Japanese calligraphy that uses brushes and special ink to artistically express the strokes of Japanese characters. It is a disciplined style that emphasizes simplicity, balance, and a connection between mind and body. Within the characters one can discover a rhythm and delicacy, strength and flow, a groundedness and agility.

  • Ikebana Display by Ikebana International, Chapter 19
    • Ikebana International is a worldwide organization founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1956. Seattle Chapter 19 was chartered on March 16, 1959. After 60 years of friendship through flowers, they celebrated their 60th Anniversary in June of 2019.

  • Go Game Lessons by Seattle Go Center
    • The Seattle Go Center teaches and promotes the Asian game of Go. This 4000 year old strategy board game continues to fascinate players from around the world. The Seattle Go Center was established in 1995, with its own building in the University District of Seattle, thanks to the generosity of a Japanese professional Go player, Iwamoto Kaoru and the Nihon Ki-in (the Japanese Go Association).

FISHER PAVILION

INDOOR

OUTDOOR

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