The beauty and variety of Japanese traditional and modern culture will be on display at the 7th Annual Japanese Culture Festival in Millbrae on Sunday, October 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Millbrae’s Civic Center Plaza.
As the increasing numbers of Japanophiles already know, Japan practically owns some of the coolest animation and trendy fashion styles, alongside iconic images from Japanese history and art.
If you are surprised to learn there is a popular Japanese Festival in sweet and sunny Millbrae, then you are in for a wonderful treat. Now in its 7th year, the Festival is a production of The City of Millbrae, the Japanese Cultural Festival Committee, and the Millbrae Chamber of Commerce. In an effort to celebrate the growing diversity and unique cultures of Millbrae and its surrounding Bay Area Peninsula communities, the Festival aims to provide an opportunity for everyone to come together and enjoy the day while learning more about Japanese culture.
Admission is free, with tons of entertainment and activities for both children and adults, so come with family or friends and bond together in this delightful way. Japanese foods, mochi pounding, arts and crafts, games plus music and dance performances will all be there to enjoy.
What can you expect? The Festival highlight is the Japanese Costume Contest. Here is a fun and animated way to get into the spirit of the culture and give in to your competitive streak too. The categories are: Pop Culture, examples — movies, drama or imitations, Traditional, examples — ninja, geisha, samurai, and Anime/Manga, examples – animated movies. And yes, there will be prizes! In fact there will be 7 prizes, with one grand prizewinner.
There are age divisions within each costume category with prizes for each division. If you plan to enter the costume contests be sure to see the contest rules posted on the Festival’s website. You must register and submit photos of your costume before the event in order to to participate.
Official festivities begin on stage at 11:30 a.m. with a traditional koto music performance followed by the Opening Ceremony with Millbrae mayor Marge Colapietro, State Senator Leland Yee, Consul General of Japan, The Honorable Hiroshi Inomata, and Assemblyman Jerry Hill.
This is going to be fun. Tanoshinde kudasai! Enjoy!
The Basics: Sunday, October 7, 2012, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Millbrae Civic Center Plaza, 1 Library Lane, Millbrae CA 94030
for general information, call 650-692-2258
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