Japan Festival Report

Thank you all for making this year's Santa Fe Japanese Cultural Festival a huge success! We had more than 2500 visitors, over 130 volunteers, and over 30 vendors in attendance. We visited 50+ classrooms beforehand educating students about the kabuki theme and working on mask-making projects. We gave 7 scholarships worth a total of $1800. The stage performance and all the booths were busy and lively all day long. The Japanese delegation group enjoyed themselves talking to visitors who are truly interested in Japan. Many free raffle prizes were given throughout the day.

Particular thanks to the chairs of each sections, who worked really hard in the past month or longer.

  • Matsuri director, booth vendor and contact to the convention center: Casey
  • Treasurer: Gloria
  • Art direction for the stage: Kayoko
  • Stage setup: Jon
  • Graphic and general design: Sharon
  • Stage and kabuki display decoration and cosplay: Jaye
  • Signage, volunteer organization, raffle: Ann, Carl
  • School project: Iba
  • Kitchen and food sales: Keiko, Minori
  • Kitchen prep: DJ, Mildred
  • JIN sales: Dee,
  • Admission and transport: Susan
  • Scholarship: Tom, Rose, Stephen
  • Communication with CCA and hotel arrangement for the performers: Ellen
  • MC: Stephen
  • Moving truck: Michael
  • Board meeting consulting: Don
  • Kids' area: Beth
  • Radio communication: Sue

There were also a couple of people who could not be there due to sickness or injury, etc. Their spirit and intentions were there at the convention center. We are sending good thoughts to you for a quick recovery.

2016 Japan Festival Stage Schedule

The stage schedule is included below as an image file and is also available as a PDF. We look forward to seeing you all there!

JIN Fundraiser Collaboration "ONLY YESTERDAY" Premier at CCA

Friday, March 18, 2016
05:30 PM to 09:00 PM
CCA 1050 Old Pecos Trail Santa Fe, NM 87505

Santa Fe JIN will be collaborating with CCA at this USA premier of the beautiful Japanese film. JIN will be serving soft drinks and refreshments before the event to raise funds for Matsuri 2016. (Shoko Café, Nest and others are donating food and drinks for JIN.) Santa Fe Wadaiko will be playing for the reception.

Enjoy taiko, sushi, dumplings, mochi sweets with green tea, yuzu drink and barley tea called mugicha before the film!


Let's invite friends to view the film as we support the Japan Festival!

Admission is $25 per person, $16 of which goes to the JIN.

5:30 Taiko
6:00 Refreshments
7:00 Film starts

In this nearly lost masterpiece from Studio Ghibli, Taeko, a restless young woman, heads for the countryside, a journey that elicits memories of childhood, and worries that she’s lost the spark that made her a happy, even magical girl. Isao Takahata’s film, produced by the great Hayao Miyazaki, features brilliant visuals, as in every Ghibli production, but is a more mature, nostalgic film, a gentle, emotionally nuanced exploration of girls and women that will resonate deeply with many. Daisy Ridley (THE FORCE AWAKENS) provides the voice of Taeko. (Japan, 1991/2016, 118m, digital, GKids)*

Matsuri 2016

Japan Festival 2016

Our Japanese Festival is on Saturday April 16th. Please click on the tab for Matsuri 2016 under Japan Festival for more information.

2015 Bon Odori 盆踊り


Come and join us for our annual folk dance. See calendar entry for details.
We will have a yukata sale on August 1st at our Ikebana workshop if you don't have the traditional yukata to wear, please come and look the part!

Japan Festival 2015

Please join us for the 2015 Japanese Cultural Festival on March 28! This year's theme is cherry blossoms. For more information, check out the Matsuri 2015 page.

Matsuri 2014 Video

Huge thanks to everyone who participated in the 2014 Japan Festival! We had a lot of fun. Check out the thank-you letter from our president Satori and a few photos from the festival in the April 2014 Newsletter. The video summary is available below.

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