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Japanese Cultural Fair

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General Agency Information
Name:Japanese Cultural Fair
Address:P.O. Box 3458
Santa Cruz, CA  95063
Primary Phone:831-462-4589
Secondary Phone:831-476-7040
Fax Number:831-462-4589
Description:The Japanese Cultural Fair is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the presentation and preservation of the cultural traditions of Japan. It is an annual event at Santa Cruz in June of each year to celebrate the beginning of the summer. This year's festival is on June 6, 2015 which will be the 29th consecutive year of the event. Admission is free.
Mission:The purpose of the Japanese Cultural Fair is to provide an opportunity for the community to increase their awareness and understanding Japanese culture. We believe that through education and exposure to 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.
Programs:The fair introduces Japanese music(koto, Shamisen, Shakuhachi, and Taiko), folkdance, Okinawan dance, audience participatry folk dancing(Bon Odori), Kyogen comical play, Haiku reading,storytelling, tea ceremony, flower arrangement, bonsai demonstration, Kimono workshops,and martial arts demonstrations.

The fair's highlight is the internationally well known San Francisco Taiko Dojo which attracts several thousand people every year.

Our spondors are: the City of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Sister Cities Program (Shingu, Japan is the City's Sister City), Santa Cruz Timberframes, the Japanese American Citizens League, Aikido of Santa Cruz, The Zen Center of Santa Cruz, Arts Council of Santa Cruz County, Cruzio Internet Services, Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, and The Buttery.
Facilities: The main stage and 45-50 vendor booths are located in Mission Plaza Park in Santa Cruz from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.. At the same time, martial arts demonstrations are presented at the Aikido of Santa Cruz on Mission Street, and tea ceremonies, flower arrangement, kimono workshop, and bonsai demonstrations are held at the Zen Center on School Street.
Meetings:Regular meetings of the Board of Directors are held monthly on the second Monday from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Conference Room of the City of Santa Cruz City(Location might change, so call for more information).
Volunteer Info:Anyone(regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, religion, physical disabilities, etc.) who are interested in Japanese culture is welcome to get involved and participate preparing the fair. The Japanese Cultural Fair is a complete volunteer organization(no paid staff).
Languages other than English:Japanese
Accommodations for Disabled:Call for Information
Public Transportation:Call for information
Eligibility:Open to All
Areas Served:California
Funding Source:City Government
Miscellaneous Income
Proceeds from Sales

Chieko  Yoshikawa
Executive Director

Contact Persons

Paul  Kaneko

Subject Headings
 Cultural Heritage Groups
Private Nonprofits
This record last modified April 1, 2015

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