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Santa Fe Japanese Cultural Festival

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Santa Fe's 14th Japan Cultural Festival will be held Saturday, May 19 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center near the Santa Fe Plaza. It's a family day featuring stage performances and activities in the court yard reminiscent of the festivals of Japan. Admission is $5 for adults, and free for children under 12.

This year, we welcome Tiffany Tamarabuchi and JODAIKO as our headlining performers.

Tiffany Tamaribuchi, an internationally recognized taiko master, achieved acclaim touring with taiko pioneers Ondekoza and Taikoza. In the traditional taiko realm of Japanese born and trained male performers, Ms. Tamaribuchi creates a new powerful voice with her multicultural heritage, youth, and feminine perspective. Her vitality reaches extremely diverse audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. Champion of the 2002 OTAIKO Hibike All Japan Odaiko Contest, she also founded Sacramento Taiko Dan, teaches extensively at North American Taiko and East Coast Conferences, and created an intensive retreat called Taiko Baka (Taiko Crazy!)

JODAIKO, an exclusively women's taiko ensemble she formed to expand the performance opportunities for women, join her on stage. Embodying strong and commanding images, JODAIKO's voice awakens a sense of self-empowerment for women-both as performers and spectators.

Other performances will include...

Aikido by Kaiju Aikido
Japanese archery or Kyudo by Jinko Kyudojo
Japanese fencing or Kendo by Kendo Kai
Japanese tea by Chado New Mexico
Classic Japanese dance by Chizuko Matsumoto and students
Hip-hop Jpop dance by ALJ06
Karate demonstrations by AKKA
Taiko by Santa Fe Wadaiko, Sabakuo Taiko, and BK Taiko.
Shamisen by Tom Berkes
Aikido by Damon Apodaca and students from Santa Fe Budokan.

Visit many specialty vendors and taste festival street food and bento for sale. The festival is presented by local non-profit Santa Fe JIN (Japan Intercultural Network). Partially funded by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodger's Tax.

Looking to stay in Santa Fe for the festival and maybe the weekend? Please considered staying with one of our hotel partners! Staying with one of our partners supports those who support us, and raises our standing in our community as an event that attracts overnight tourists.

Sage Inn - https://www.santafesageinn.com

The discount is a room for $89 a night before taxes. Rooms are either 1 king or 2 queens. Discount available for stay nights May 18th through May 20th, any combination of nights.

Must book by April 17, 2018. To book, call their reservations number at 505-982-5952 or 866-433-0335 and identify yourself as a guest with the JIN’s 14th Annual Japanese Culture Festival. You can also book online at:


Sage Inn is a non-smoking property, and includes complimentary "Fresh Start" breakfast, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi and shuttle service to the plaza.

Inn on the Alameda - https://www.innonthealameda.com

The discount is 10% off any room. To book, call 1.800.289.2122. Reference Santa Fe JIN with the reservations agent to help them find the grouping.

Casa Cuma - https://casacuma.com

Just two blocks away from the Convention Center!

The discount is 20% off any room. To book, call 1.505.216.7516. Reference Santa Fe JIN with the reservations agent to help them find the grouping.