Japan Week 2018 0

Genryu Arts and Japan Week/SF in collaboration with the Japan Center East and West Malls is pleased to announce the 2018 Japan Week Festival to take place June 25 through July 2.  Under the Artistic Direction of resident artist Melody Takata, Japan Week/SF is a Japantown-based cultural festival featuring performances and workshops/demonstrations promoting the unique contribution of Japanese cultural arts. The Festival opens with workshops by shamisen masters Tatsu Aoki (Toyoaki) and Chizuru Kineya (Nagauta), followed by a workshop by Nihon Buyo (Classical Dance) grandmaster Yoshinojo Fujima, the world premiere of Melody Takata's interdisciplinary theater performance Boxes, culminating in Japan Dayactivities in the historic Japantown Peace Plaza and Japan Center East Mall.

Japan Week/SF is made possible through the generous support of Grants For The Arts, California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission, and Generous Individuals.

Featured events:
SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2018
@ Post and Buchanan Streets, San Francisco Japantown
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Japan Day 2018 0

Japan Day Festival

July 01, 2018

Celebrate the Japanese cultural heritage of Japantown! Enjoy the GenRyu Arts production of Japanese artists from Tokyo, Chicago, and the Bay Area. Experience Japanese cultural arts, music and dance. FREE

Schedule of Events


  • 12:00PM -12:45 PM: Kokuseiryu Shigin1:00 PM – 1:10
  • PM: Shubukai of Chicago dance troupe, Grandmaster/ Founder Shunojo Fujima and Grandmaster Yoshinojo Fujima
  • 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM Tsukasa Taiko of Chicago
  • 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Gen Ensemble, Gen Taiko School, and Satellite Program Clarendon JBBP Taiko
  • 2:45 PM – 2:55 PM Shubukai of Chicago dance troupeGrandmaster/ Founder Shunojo Fujima and Grandmaster Yoshinojo Fujima
  • 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Gintenkai National Project
  • 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Sakura Ren


  • 12:00 PM -12:30 PM Sanjuro Toyoaki and Master Artist Chizuru Kineya Shamisen
  • 12:30 PM – 12:45 PM Gen Odori School
  • 12:45 PM – 1:05 PM Origami demonstration – Paper Tree
  • 1:15 PM – 1:35 PM Japanese Doll Demonstration -SF East Mataro Miyabikai Merry Nishimura
  • 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM SF Koto Group Hanaikada
  • 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM Shodo Demonstration – Rev. Kawahatsu Sensei
  • 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Nisei Week Ondo demonstration


  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Origami – Paper Tree
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM SF East Bay Mataro Miyabikai Demonstration – Merry Nishimura
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Shodo Workshop – Rev. Kawahatsu Sensei
When: 12:00 - 4:30 PM
Where: Japantown Peace Plaza
Cost: Fre
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Origami-Palooza & The Great Paper Airplane Contest 2018 0

Learn from origami experts to create amazing things with paper. More than a dozen teachers and activities for folders of all levels.

MAKE A WISH, FOLD A CRANE. Join members of Rainbow World Fund as they gather wishes and cranes for the World Tree of Hope. Named one of the most ‘Beautiful Trees in the World’ by American Express Travel, this famous tree appears during the holidays in San Francisco’s City Hall.

ORIGAMI IN COMMERCIALS. Origami pro Linda Mihara takes you behind the scenes of some amazing commercials featuring Origami.

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John Collins Book Signing

John Collins Book Signing 0

Meet John Collins, the Paper Airplane Guy!  John will be at Paper Tree sharing his secrets to folding World Record paper airplanes, and will be signing his newest book, The World Record Paper Airplane! 12-4.

See John's latest video

Buy a signed copy

John's Website:

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Japan Center 50th Anniversary Ceremony 0

Please join us in celebrating 50 years of the Japan Center here in Japantown!

Click here for more information!

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Cherry Blossom Festival - 5 San Francisco Festivals to Plan a Trip Around

Cherry Blossom Festival - 5 San Francisco Festivals to Plan a Trip Around 0

Our Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival made U.S. News' "5 San Francisco Festivals to Plan a Trip Around" list!

Read the full list Here
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