The Asian Arts and Culture Center of Towson University and the Baltimore Kawasaki Sister Committee will host a Japan Festival on Sunday, April 13, 1-5 p.m. in the Center for the Arts.
The family-friendly event will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Baltimore-Kawasaki Sister City Partnership, and feature Japanese food, music, art and dance, traditional crafts and games, a tea ceremony and martial arts demonstrations.
The Sister Cities program was established to create a force for international cooperation and understanding through community involvement and people-to-people relationships. Baltimore currently has 10 sister cities, including the multicultural city of Kawasaki, located in the greater Tokyo metro area.
Specific festival highlights include a photo booth with traditional Japanese costumes; martial arts demonstrations by the Japan Karate and Judo Center and Maryland Kendo Club; calligraphy by Yaeko Steir; a tea ceremony presentation by the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Washington D.C. Association; flower arranging with Reiko Royston; music performances by pianist Yoshie Kubota, violinists Naoko Takebe, Noelle Midori Naito and Kenneth Ryu Naito, and singers Kuniko Kanawa and Yoko Sasaki; and a dance performance by Kuniko Kanawa.
Matcha Time Café and Roy’s will provide food for the festival.
All patrons must have a ticket/festival badge, which can be purchased online. Advance tickets are $5 for AA&CC members, BKSCC members, TU students and children 12 and under, and $10 for the general public. All tickets on the day of the festival are $15.