Japanese Festival Events
Sunday and Monday, 10:30 a.m. (Lehmann Lawn)
Witness an energetic demonstration of modern Japanese martial arts.

Anime: Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011); rated PG

Saturday, 8-10 p.m.; Shoenberg Theater
A young girl travels to a mystical land and seek out the gateway of life and death in this stylish animated film.

Balloon Art
Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Kemper Center for Home Gardening; $ minimal charge)
The Sanders family balloon artists create colorful designs inspired by Japanese culture and folklore.

Bon Odori

Saturday, 10:30 a.m. (Festival Procession); Saturday & Sunday, 5:30 p.m. (Yagura Stage/Japanese Garden)
Dancers in colorful kimonos mark the end of summer.

All three days, 10 a.m. (Orthwein Flora Display Hall)

Roy Nagatoshi, President of the California Bonsai Society, discusses this popular art of ornamental trees and plantings. 

Candlelight Walks
Saturday & Sunday, 8-10 p.m. (Japanese Garden)
Experience the serene Japanese Garden after dark.

Throughout the festival. (Spoehrer Plaza)

Masaji Terasawa, the Candyman, creates fantasy sculptures of spun sugar in an exciting street-theater performance.

Children's Activities
Saturday, 1-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Spink Pavilion

The Kodomo No Asobi Japanese Language School offers activities such as origami, calligraphy, top spinning and traditional Japanese games.

Choral Group: Niji & Hana
Saturday, 1:30 p.m. (Shoenberg Theater)
One need not speak Japanese to enjoy this signing and dancing performance that includes traditional Japanese instruments such as the Koto, Shamisen and Jabisen.

Cooking Demonstrations
All three days, 12 and 3 p.m. (Kemper Center for Home Gardening Kitchen)
Members of the St. Louis Japanese community prepare authentic Japanese meals using basic ingredients you can find at your local grocery store.

Saturday, 12: 30 and 5 p.m.; Sunday, 5:30 p.m.; Monday, 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. (Shoenberg Theater)
A unique fashion show featuring highly detailed costumes ranging from pop culture to Japanese street fashion.

Craft Demonstrations
Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Jordan Education Wing)
Participate in the creation of various Japanese crafts in an ongoing workshop.

Saturday, 10:30 a.m. (Festival Procession); Sunday, 1:30 and 3 p.m. (Climatron/Spink Pavilion)
Children pull the ornately decorated dashi stage throughout the Garden's central axis.

Saturday, 12 and 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 and 4 p.m. (Jordan Education Wing)
Japanese instrumental ensemble plays a variety of popular Japanese music.

Ice Sculpture
All three days, 1 p.m. (Spink Pavilion)
Naomi Hamamura sculpts blocks of ice in the popular style of the annual winter festival in downtown Sapporo, Japan.


Monday, 1:30 p.m. (Shoenberg Theater)
The Garden welcomes a visiting group from the Japanese city of Ishinomaki, damaged by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011.


Saturday & Sunday, 1 and 3 p.m. (demonstration); Monday, 11:30 a.m. (hands-on experience). (Orthwein Flora Display Hall)
Attractive flowers are arranged in expressions of a deep awareness of life.

Saturday, 5 p.m.; Monday, 1:30 p.m. (Lehmann Lawn)
Demonstration of judo martial art techniques.

Sunday, 7:30-10 p.m. (Shoenberg Theater)
Visitor musical performances in the karaoke style created in Japan around 1970.

Saturday, 2 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. (Lehmann Lawn)
Demonstration of karate martial art techniques.

Saturday, 12:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m. (Lehmann Lawn)
Demonstration of kendo martial art techniques.

Kimono Fashion Show
Sunday, 1 and 2:30 p.m. (Shoenberg Theater)
A celebration of the formal art of traditional kimono dressing.

Throughout the festival grounds and Japanese Garden
Koi banner displays.

All three days throughout the festival grounds
Dr. Hiroshi Tada performs amazing top-spinning feats.

Koryu Bugei
Saturday, 3 p.m.; Sunday, 3:30 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m. (Knolls)
Demonstration of the koryu techniques rarely taught or practiced outside of Japan. 

Okinawa Diego Kai / Tozan Ryu
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. (Shoenberg Theater)
An exciting mix of Japanese classical dance with popular music.

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m. (Climatron/Spink Pavilion)
A Shinto portable shrine is paraded through the Garden in an energetic celebration.

Opening Ceremony
Saturday, 11 a.m. (Japanese Garden/Yagura Stage)
Honored guests and dignitaries open the festival, accompanied by a performance by the St. Louis Osuwa Taiko drummers.

Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Jordan Education Wing)
The art of paper folding, a popular practice in Japan dating back to the Edo era (17th-19th century).

Pottery Demonstration
Throughout the festival; near the Children's Garden
Observe the practice of raku, an ancient firing technique in which clay pots and vessels are heated and then quickly cooled in a variety of ways to produce a unique glaze.

Sunday, 3:30 p.m. (Yagura Stage/Japanese Garden)
Japanese folklore told in the form of kamishibai (paper theater) from children's books and songs.

Saturday, 1:30 and 4 p.m.; Sunday and Monday, noon and 4 p.m.; (Cohen Amphitheater)
Welcome back former professional sumo wrestlers "Kamikiiwa," "Koryu" and "Sunahama" for some super-sized fun.

Osuwa Daiko: Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 & 7 p.m.; Monday, 2 p.m. (Cohen Amphitheater)
St. Louis Osuwa Taiko: Saturday, 11 a.m.; Yagura Stage (Opening Ceremony); 4 p.m.; Sunday, 4:30 p.m.; Monday, noon. (Shoenberg Theater)
High-energy performances by the Osuwa Daiko and St. Louis Osuwa Taiko drum ensembles.

All three days throughout the festival grounds
Japanese stilt-walking.

Teahouse Island Tours
Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. (hourly); Monday, noon-4 p.m. (hourly). (Japanese Garden)
Guided tours of Teahouse Island, normally closed to the public.

Walking Tours
All three days, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (tours begin every half-hour); Japanese Garden north entrance
Take a tour of the award-winning Japanese Garden.