Japanese-Inspired Family Fun  at the Memphis Japan Festival 

Japanese-Inspired Family Fun

at the Memphis Japan Festival

Got Anime? Yes, we do, and lots of it! Anime vendors from far and wide are coming to the Memphis Japan Festival at Memphis Botanic Garden on Sunday, Sept. 30th from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and with them come plush toys, figures, pokeball soap, neko ears and tails, lanyards, posters, cds, perler bead art and much more!

Purveyors of kimono, yukata, parasols, chopsticks and origami jewelry will satisfy tastes more traditionally inclined, while cultural exhibits – including The Memphis Bonsai Society’s new and expanded “Bonsai at the Garden” area and an array of workshops – promise to enhance the overall experience of Japan at this year’s family-friendly festival.

Returning with children’s activities are perennial favorites to keep minds in gear and hands in motion, including:

Brother – at your side – create works of art using Japanese-themed images, such as temples or cherry blossoms

Memphis Botanic Garden and the University of Memphis Language Department – craft koi windsocks and try your hand at calligraphy and a chopsticks lesson game

The Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville and Japan Outreach Initiative (coordinators from Austin Peay State University and the University of Central Arkansas) – try on a yukata, play with Japanese toys and take a go at yo-yo fishing

Origami and the game of Go will tempt all ages, as will sumo suit wrestling

Hello Kitty and Ninja Turtle Bounce Houses will open their doors to the younger set for the best bounce per ounce

Culture Camp, the festival’s lecture series, will feature Japanese Garden tours, Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), Kimono, a beginner’s Japanese language lesson, bonsai workshops, a traditional tea ceremony and a large scale calligraphy performance by Ms. Seiran Chiban from Fukushima, Japan.

The Festival will be held outdoors, rain or shine. Special half-price admission to Memphis Botanic Garden applies on Festival Day, compliments of festival sponsors and co-hosts the Japan-America Society of Tennessee and Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville: $5 per adult and $2.50 for children 12 – 3 years old. Admission is free for Memphis Botanic Garden members and children under 2 years. Admission includes access to the Memphis Japan Festival and Memphis Botanic Garden and the newest outdoor exhibition, Origami in the Garden. Parking is free.

An Advisory Council and a working committee of active community volunteers provide essential support for this celebration. Primary funding is provided by civic-minded corporate sponsors and individual donors. Tax deductible donations may be made online or on-site at the festival. For more information and updates, please visit us leading up to the festival at www.memphisjapanfestival.org.

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