2018 Aki Matsuri Fall Festival

2018 Aki Matsuri Fall Festival 0

October 20, 2018

Come celebrate Aki Matsuri, fall festival marking our 50th Anniversary of Japan Center! Featuring top Japanese cultural groups of San Francisco and greater bay area in Japanese drumming, dance, martial arts, and more!  Two stages of performances, demonstrations, and workshops. Bring the whole family for a day of culture and art! #SFJAPANTOWN
Peace Plaza Stage:


  • San Francisco Taiko Dojo
  • San Jose Taiko
  • Michiya Hanayagi and Michisuya Hanayagi Japanese Classical Dance Group
  • Gen Odori
  • Sakura Ren
  • Koryu, San Francisco Suio Ryu

East Mall Stage:

  • SF Kendo Dojo
  • Washi Ningyo, Rochelle Lum
  • Shamisen, Fujimoto Hideki Kai
  • Shodo, Reverend Kawahatsu
  • Origami, Vicky Mihara Avery & Linda Mihara of Paper Tree
  • Mari Tsukino
  • SF Koto Group Hanaikada
  • Ito Yosakoi

Onsite Workshops

  • Origami, Vicky Mihara Avery & Linda Mihara of Paper Tree
  • Washi Ningyo, Rochelle Lum
  • Shodo, Reverend Kawahatsu

Sponsored by the East and West Japan Center Malls, Japantown Merchants Association and the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco.

In Partnership with the Japan Center Garage Corporation, Japantown Taskforce, San Francisco Taiko Dojo, San Jose Taiko and San Francisco Rec and Park.


When: 12:00 -4:30 PM
Where: San Francisco Japantown Peace Plaza
Cost: Free
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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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Marin Fair 2018 0

Events and Attractions

Come see world class Origami at the "Fold For Fun, Fun For All" exhibit at our new location in the Exhibit Hall.  Curated by our own Linda Mihara, Awesome !!

(All free with gate admission) - Visit the Marin Fair Website for details
  • 28 Free Carnival Rides featuring 10-story Giant Ferris Wheel and Solar Carousel from Butler Amusements.
  • Fireworks over the lagoon nightly at 9:30 pm.
  • 48th Annual International Short Film and Video Festival in the 300-seat Showcase Theatre at 5 & 7 pm daily.
  • Attractions for the entire family: Something Ridiculous comedy juggling duo, Marin Galactic Outpost and the appearance of all your favorite Star Wars characters, Balloonacy, the Stilt Circus, and Rawhide Express Train.

  • Over 12,000 Exhibits including Fine Arts and Crafts, Art Chairs, Cartoons, Photography, Bonsai, Home Arts, Baked Goods, Junior Arts, Gardens and Flowers.
  • Barnyard features farm animals, Great American Pig Races & Petting Zoo, Fur & Feathers Tent, Vaulting, Junior Dairy Cattle Show, Sheep Dog Trials, Junior Dairy Goats and Classic Beef Show, Market Swine Show and Pygmy Goats.
  • Three Twins Solar Stage features popular contests: Hip Hop and Break Dance, Dancing Stars, Singing Stars and “Star Search” Performing Arts Competitions.
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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
  • Linda Mihara
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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