Highlights of the Festival “Omatsuri” include many different varieties of Japanese performance arts and demonstrations which are showcased throughout the day.   We have been working hard to bring you some terrific talent on our main stage as well as on our cultural stage.

We are still working on the tweaking our program but most of our entertainment has been set, the following list highlights the exceptional talent you will see at this year’s event!

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