We invite you to join a multi-sensory journey through Japan. At the 2018 JapanFest, you will be able to "Experience Japan" in a whole new way. Engage all SIX senses through interactive performances, demonstrations, workshops, and more!
JapanFest, now in its 32nd year, typically draws crowds exceeding 20,000. It is the largest Japanese festival in the Southeast. Organized by JapanFest, Inc., JapanFest celebrates Japanese culture as it promotes understanding between Japanese and Americans in the Southeast. Tickets are $10 on-line and $12 on-site. Children age 6 or younger may attend for free. Teachers can bring their students to JapanFest for free by applying online at www.japanfest.org. Larger organizations can save money by purchasing advanced ticket packages online.
The theme of this year's festival is the four seasons of Japan. The beauty of the four seasons is an important part of Japanese culture. Each season has its own distinct food, flowers, and festivals, and at this year's JapanFest, we will highlight the flavor of each season for visitors to enjoy.
The Japan-America Society of Georgia will have various Japanese goods, t-shirts, temporary tattoos, and more; the Ginza-dori, organized by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia and named after Tokyo's famous shopping district, will feature Japanese ceramics, traditional Japanese clothing and accessories and fun items such as masks and toys; at the Bazaar on Sunday organized by the Georgia Japanese Language School you will find books and household goods. Traditional Okinawan items will also be available.
Kids will have a fantastic time experiencing Japanese culture firsthand. In our Children’s Area, they can make their own Japanese tops, and the Suburban Atlanta Kite Enthusiasts will be on hand to teach them how to make a Japanese kite. The Ginza Dori shopping arcade has tons of games and activities for kids as well, such as ring toss, water yo-yos, Japanese toys, and more! They can even take part in carrying the o-mikoshi, a traditional Japanese portable shrine.
Many of the approximately 600 Japanese companies based in Georgia will display their products in the Made in Georgia exhibition. Interactive exhibits include the latest in Japanese technology, such as automobiles, tractors, and electronics.
JapanFest features the best of Japanese cuisine in Atlanta! Local Japanese restaurants will offer a tantalizing menu of roll sushi, bento boxes, ramen noodles, takoyaki, shaved ice, curry rice, yakisoba, torikaraage, and more!
JapanFest is not possible without the help of over 200 volunteers. To fill out an application, please visit www.japanfest.org. For more information, call 404-842-0736 or visit www.japanfest.org.