Penang, Malaysia: Part 2

More photos from our event in Penang, Malaysia! For the second year, we held a joint cultural collaboration with the local Phor Tay high school. It was a wonderful opportunity to see local dance and drumming performances, and share a bit of Japanese culture with the students.

Penang, Malaysia: Part 1

We were thrilled to once again arrange the stage performance for the annual Bon Odori festival in Penang, Malaysia. The two Japanese groups, DDM Company and Kinjokai Taishogoto School, were extremely well-received by local audiences. Our first stop was at the Penang Japanese School, pictured here! More updates to follow.


A World Heritage Festival in your own yukata!



In 2016, 33 festivals around Japan were declared UNESCO intangible cultural property, all of which feature ornate parade floats, traditional music, and celebration. Sunari Matsuri, based in Kanie, is unique for its waterborne float, covered in dozens of lanterns and bearing charms and good luck amulets for observers. To celebrate its recent designation, JFF has organized a new English-friendly tour with an optional yukata (summer kimono) included. Family friendly, and perfect for people nervous navigating a cultural event all in Japanese. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this Edo-period culture!

Contact japanfolkfestival@jffjff.com or call 052-413-8200 for reservations.

Final preparations for Malaysia!

This week marks JFF’s eleventh year arranging the stage performances for the Bon Odori festival in Penang, Malaysia, sponsored by the Consul-General of Japan in Penang. This year we’re very excited to present taishogoto, koto, shishimai lion dancing, and yosakoi dance by Kinjokai and DDM Company.





Founded in 1971 by Kinjo Suzuki, the Kinjokai Taishogoto School is dedicated to the development and promulgation of the taishogoto, a unique autoharp-style instrument that was invented in Nagoya’s Osu Kannon district. Uniquely representative of Nagoya’s culture, it will be performed by the iemoto, or head, of the school, also known by the honorary artist name Kinjo Suzuki, and her top students. Lesson and upcoming event information available in Japanese at:

琴城会

DDM Company dance troupe is led by Emiko Nagata and based in Handa, but has performed throughout Japan and in the United States. They offer a unique, modern take on traditional dance styles, including the famous yosakoi clapper dance that originated in Kochi. More information at:

DDM Company

We look forward to more great events with these groups in the future, both in Nagoya and overseas!

Hanayome/Hanamuko

We received these wonderful photos from Daniel and his wife Yoshimi, who joined us at the June culture fair, enjoying the full men’s and women’s kimono. Thank you for coming out, guys!