Japan Summer Festival


Robert F Stevens Courthouse Plaza


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September 24, 2016
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Downtown Lexington 

Try on KimonoSumo TaikenActivity BoothsJapanese Gourmet Market
Try on a traditional Japanese Kimono and walk around the Festival in Style! Appropriate for all ages and sizes.
FREE to try!
Ever wondered what it would be like to be two or three times your size? Now you can with our Sumo Taiken!

Throw on these Sumo Suits and challenge your friend, family member, or fellow sumo admirer at the festival. This is one activity you don't want to miss!
Check out our Activity Booths for fun for the whole family!
  • Japanese Games
  • Origami
  • Get your name written in Japanese
  • One Piece Anime Booth
  • Learn Japanese

Stop by the Japanese market for all your Japanese goods! Authentic Japanese snacks, candy, food, and drink! 

$5.00 Raffle Ticket for 
One Free Round-Trip International Airline Ticket 
(Includes: Africa, Asia, Australia, Inda, Middle East)

Ho Etsu Taiko

Ho Etsu Taiko, a collective of musicians with a fresh take on the art of Japanese drumming, will be the Main Event at this year's festival. Their deep Chicago roots ground their work in a variety of musical styles, from Jazz to Latin and Hip Hop. They work to spread joy and vitality through each and every drumbeat. Youtube Video



Japanese Food

Yakisoba, Sushi, Gyudon, Ramen, and much more! The Japan Festival will be jammed packed with good Japanese food as well as Japanese snacks to take home. Stop by one of the many booths to get some delicious Japanese food and don't forget to make your way over to the JASK Booth for a refreshing drink and snow-cone to wash it down with!
Food/Beverage Vendors
Panda Cuisine
Boiling Kitchen
Crank and Boom Ice Cream
DY Market/Seki
Bubble Tea
Bluegrass Kettle Masters
JASK Beer Trailer
Snow Cones

Giant Pokemon "Go"!

Pokemon Go is portmanteau of "pocket monsters," and an insanely popular Japanese franchise with the an insanely long history.  In Pokemon, monsters roam the lands, and the goal is to find, capture, and train them.  Join others as they battle against each other.  Look for Kentucky's largest Pikachu... 

American Ninji Warrior

Obstacle Course
In partnership with the Ninji Warrior Project of Lexington- The Japan/America Society of Kentucky is sponsoring a free Ninju Warrior obstacle course for this years festival.  (Ages 5 to Adult) 

Japan Workshop Series

Stop by the Workshop tent throughout the day for seminars on Japanese Cooking, Ikebana demonstration (Japanese Flower Arrangement), Martial Arts, etc. 

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

  Volunteer needed!!  
To sign up click HERE



We can't make this festival happen without you! We need people to work our booths, set up and tear down!

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