Highlights of the Festival “Omatsuri” include many different varieties of Japanese performance arts and demonstrations which are showcased throughout the day.   Our Entertainment committee is currently accepting applications for this year’s event.  If you are interested in performing at Omatsuri 2018, please fill out our Entertainment Application.

We are pleased to confirm that Eitetsu Hayashi will be performing at this year’s event.  Here are the details about this talented Taiko drummer, for additional information, please see this website:  http://jftor.org/taiko2018/

Eitetsu Hayashi Japanese Taiko Drum Concert Tour with EITETSU FU-UN no KAI

Eitetsu Hayashi, Japan’s premier solo Taiko drummer, unleashes the power of sound with Makoto Tashiro, Shuichiro Ueda, Tomonori Hasegawa, and Tasuku Tsuji, members of the Taiko ensemble EITETSU FU-UN NO KAI, as they make their way to Calgary in August in celebration of the 90th anniversary of Canada-Japan diplomatic relations.

Let this extraordinary ensemble take you to the frontier of exciting Taiko vibes at Studio Bell National Music Center and the Calgary Japanese Festival “Omatsuri” this summer.

While we continue to work on this year’s program, please check out the highlights from 2017 and check back closer to the date as we will be updating this section as performer’s are confirmed and finalized.

2017 Entertainment Highlights:


Don’t miss your favorite act, check out our 2017 EVENT Schedule to see what time each act will be taking the stage!

Martial Arts Demonstrations:

Cultural Program:

MC:  Bryan McMillan

11:30 PM  Koto/Shakuhachi/Taiko Concert  Misue Asai-Kauffman & Friends
 12:00 PM  The Art of Kimono/Obi (Sash) Dressing Demonstration  Chiho McCord
 12:30 PM  Sogetsu Ikebana Floral Demonstration  Keiko Otsuki & Students
 1:15 PM Readings of Nikkei Stories & Poetry by 2017 Richard Carver Emerging Artists Award Winner  Diana Morita Cole
 2:30 PM  Japanese Calligraphy Demonstration  Mami Humphreys
 3:00 PM  Manga Caricature Demonstration  Sachie Ogawa
 3:45 PM  Art & Craft of Japanese Sword Video  Rick Corbin
4:45 PM Nikka Yuko Gardens 50th Anniversary Michelle Day
 Ongoing  Ikebana Display  Keiko Otsuki & Students
  Ongoing  Japanese Doll Display  Kumiko Sato
  Ongoing  Japanese Sword Display  Rick Corbin
  Ongoing  Go Information Sessions & Demos  Vincent van der Ploeg