2018 Events

It has been a very eventful year for JFF – in addition to launching a new series of Japanese culture fairs, we have also been planning multiple overseas events to bring Japanese culture to a wider global audience. In particular, we are looking forward to the Japan Folk Festival in Prague, scheduled for March 3rd-4th of next year. We’re currently coordinating with a number of amazing performers, artists, and craftsmen from throughout Japan, and are also excited to be showcasing local Czech performers as part of the festival. We are also excited to announce our participation in the 2018 Sakura Days Fair in Vancouver, scheduled for mid-April.

As we prepare for our upcoming events, we’ll be taking a couple of months off from our regularly scheduled culture fair. Check back soon for upcoming dates. We look forward to hearing from you!

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:


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!

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