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2020 - 34nd Anniversary Japanese Cultural Fair - Santa Cruz (Sat) - Taiko, Dance, Martial Arts, Bamboo Flute, etc. (Video)Newly Listed

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Date: Saturday, 6 June, 2020       Time: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mission Plaza Park
103 Emmett St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
U.S.A.

The purpose of the Santa Cruz Japanese Cultural Fair is to provide an opportunity for the community to increase its awareness and understanding of the Japanese community in Santa Cruz County as well as Japanese culture, both traditional and contemporary. We believe that through the arts, craft, and culture of Japan, we can improve mutual understanding among neighbors on the Pacific Rim as well as enrich our community life here in Santa Cruz.

The Japanese Cultural Fair is a free event at Mission Plaza Park in Santa Cruz, and takes place this year on Saturday June 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The JCF, a non-profit all-volunteer organization, presents this seasonal slice of Japanese culture (this is the 34th year), and crowds are attracted up the hill from the Clock Tower by the pulsing sounds of Japanese festival drums.  Families gather on the Plaza green in the sunshine to enjoy exotic Japanese foods, arts and crafts, & center stage performances. Watsonville Taiko Drummers lead off the festival events.

Fair events also feature the quiet tones of the Koto ancient zither, shakuhachi flute, storytelling, Kyogen theatre, northern Japan shamisen, Bon odori and Okinawan dance. Food booths serve a wide variety of delicious traditional foods and drink; craft and art booths offer flute-making, sumie ink painting, haiku poetry, bonsai, paper art, jewelry and textiles, ceramics,  joinery & building, information on Japanese travel, language and culture.  The Kids’ Area has fun, hands-on activities. Nearby at Santa Cruz Zen Center, demonstrattions of tea ceremony, ikebana flower arranging, wearing of kimono, bonsai-- and martial arts at Aikido of Santa Cruz. These presentations continue throughout the day and there is something to enjoy for the whole family. The famous San Francisco Taiko drummers wind up the day’s events with a resounding performance.

Festival Fair Date
June 6, 2020, Saturday

Festival Time
This is a one-day, free event starting at 11:00 am and ending at 6:00 pm.

Location
Mission Plaza Park, 103 Emmett St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Festival Fair Schedule
The Main stage is in Mission Plaza Park (in front of the Holy Cross Church), with a wide array of martial arts demonstrations at the Aikido of Santa Cruz Dojo on Mission Street, and "quiet, peaceful" activities at the Zen Center on School Street. Free parking will be available at the Santa Cruz County Government Center where a free shuttle will take you through downtown on it way to the park and back.

Main Stage Schedule (2019 Schedule)
11:00 Chanting/ Zen Center Members
11:30 Martial Arts Demonstration/ Aikido of Santa Cruz
11:40 Taiko/ Watsonville Taiko Group
12:10 Official Greetings/ Vice-Mayor of Santa Cruz and the Japanese Consul General, from San Francisco
12:30 Minyou/ Matsutoyo Kai (Folk Song & Dance)
01:30 Bon Odori (Folk Dance) / Chieko
02:00 Koto / Marimo Kai
03:00 Okinawan Dance / Ohtori Kinsen-Kai
04:00 Awa Odori (Folk Dance) / Sakura Ren
04:30 Shamisen / Bachido
05:00 Taiko/ San Francisco - Taiko Dojo

Shuttle
Toyota of Santa Cruz is providing a free shuttle every 20 minutes or so from Santa Cruz County Building parking lot to the Fair from 11am to 6pm (except for about 45 minutes from 1:30pm).

Public parking on downtown Santa Cruz streets and parking garages "a 3-5 minute walk from downtown up the Mission St hill Mission Plaza Park is across the street from Holy Cross Church & the Santa Cruz Mission. People can also bike or rent Jump Bikes to the Park.

Designated bike parking in upper right hand corner of Park. No sidewalk bike parking. Kindly leave your dogs at home - SERVICE DOGS ONLY ON A LEASH-- in Park on day of the Fair.

Handicapped parking spaces on Emmett St.

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Santa Cruz Fair Location
Mission Plaza Park, 103 Emmett St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Santa Cruz Fair Title
Anniversary Japanese Cultural Fair - Santa Cruz (Sat) - Taiko, Dance, Martial Arts, Bamboo Flute, etc. (Video)




Saturday, 6 June, 2020

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Paul Kaneko

Phone: (831) 426-5686
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