I am incredibly excited for Oita Japan Festival #OitaATX! The festival celebrates all things Japanese and has phenomenal programming lineup that you will not want to miss.
Date: August 12th
Date: August 12th
Time: 2-4 p.m. & Anime Festival kickoff to follow
Location: Asian American Resource Center (AARC)
Address: 8401 Cameron Rd., Austin
Activities will include taiko drumming, a kimono show, gold fish and water balloon scooping, a tea ceremony, a noodle eating contest, and a demonstration of the martial art of kendo. Children can try their hand at origami, write their name in kanji, and practice using chopsticks.
Films highlighting Oita and business opportunities in Japan will be shown, and seminars about traveling and doing business there will be conducted.
Admission to the festival, presented by the Austin-Oita Sister City Committee (AOSCC), is FREE.
Japanese ceramics, kimonos and calligraphy, as well as Japanese foods and sake will be sold. A silent auction also is planned.
The festival is being held in conjunction with Planet Cinema 2017, which will feature a week of Japanese anime films presented by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department Division of Museums and Cultural Programs. The Japanese Anime Series kicks off 4-6 p.m. Aug. 12 at the AARC with a screening of “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.” The Studio Ghibli film, directed by Isao Takahata, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2015.
OITA JAPAN FESTIVAL #ATX
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
(subject to change)
Festival activities (12:00 PM to 4:00 PM)
Food by Komé
Name-writing in kanji (Chinese characters)
Learning how to use chopsticks
Matsuri (festival) goods sale
Goldfish fishing, water yo-yo scooping (outdoors)
Seminars and Films (12:00 PM to 4:00 PM)
Traveling to Japan seminar
Business opportunity in Japan seminar
Introduction to Oita seminar
Films of Oita and Japan shown at 20 minute intervals
12:15-12:45 PM: Kendo (Japanese fencing) demonstration, performed by the Austin Kendo Doshikai
12:55-1:00 PM: Austin-Oita Sister City Committee (AOSCC) greeting
1:00-1:30 PM: Chado (tea ceremony) demonstration, performed by Central Texas Chado
1:30-2:00 PM: Kimono fashion show
2:15-2:45 PM: Noodle eating contest
2:50-3:10 PM: Silent auction winner announcements
3:15-3:45 PM: Taiko (Japanese drumming) performance by Austin Taiko
Austin-Oita Sister City Committee