Top 5 reasons why you should be at Kodomo no Hi this Sunday!

BY CAMMI KANEKO

Kodomo no Hi, our Japanese Children’s Day festival, is this Sunday, May 5th! The popular annual event draws in nearly 1,000 youngsters and parents from around the Seattle area, all of whom get to experience the magic and uniqueness of Japanese culture. For people who are from Japan, or have lived in or visited the country, the event will stir up positive memories and sentimental feelings for the ‘Land of the Rising Sun.’ Build on these experiences from Japan by creating new priceless memories at Kodomo no Hi among friends, family, and community.

Here are five top reasons why you should mark your calendar for the Sunday event!

NUMBER 1: Mesmerizing Performances

Kaze Daiko dazzled our 2018 Kodomo no Hi audience.

Kaze Daiko dazzled our 2018 Kodomo no Hi audience.

Come see the taiko performance by Kaze Daiko (風太鼓の太鼓演奏) at 1:00 PM! Taiko is a popular event at Kodomo no Hi every year; you do not want to miss out on this impressive show. There will also be Kamishibai storytelling ( 紙芝居) ; this year we are presenting a tale about Hachi, a loyal dog whose story became a legend of faithfulness and love. Additionally, there will be a karate demonstration by Seattle Seido Karate, a classical dance performance by Fujima Dance Ensemble (藤間流日本舞踊) , and many more!

NUMBER TWO:  Tasty Japanese Inspired Food

Photo: Hurry Curry Tokyo

Photo: Hurry Curry Tokyo

All day, we will be supplying food from these amazing vendors: Hurry Curry of Tokyo (ハリーカリーオブ東京) and Gourmet Dog Japon & Sushi Burrito Gaburri (グルメドッグジャポン&すしブリートーガブリ). We will also be holding a bake sale (手作りお菓子の販売). Come eat yummy, authentic Japanese food with us at Kodomo no Hi!

NUMBER 3:  Helpful Tips from Japanese Organizations

The mascot from the Hyogo Business & Culture Center is always a popular hit with children.

The mascot from the Hyogo Business & Culture Center is always a popular hit with children.

There are many different organizations tabling at Kodomo no Hi! For example, the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington (ワシントン州日米協会). JASSW promotes mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples of Japan and Washington by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information.

Additionally, the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle (在シアトル日本国総領事館) will also be on site.. As the official representative of the Government of Japan, the Consulate assists Japanese nationals, works together with local communities to promote Japanese culture and serves under the mission of strengthening bonds between Japan and the Pacific Northwest. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to talk to these amazing organizations and many more at Kodomo no Hi!

NUMBER 4:   Going for Gold with Games

Koinobori fishing game from our 2018 Kodomo no Hi.

Koinobori fishing game from our 2018 Kodomo no Hi.

Are you as stoked as we are for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? During Kodomo no Hi, we are hosting a variety of Tokyo inspired activities (東京オリンピック記念ゲーム大会) to commemorate this exciting event! We will also be hosting a scavenger hunt (prizes are involved!) (スカベンジャーハント). Many more fun games and activities are planned!

NUMBER 5: Exploring Your Creativity with Arts & Crafts

Kids make paper Koinobori during our 2018 Kodomo no Hi.

Kids make paper Koinobori during our 2018 Kodomo no Hi.

The fifth reason you should attend Kodomo no Hi: the fun and entertaining arts and crafts! Community Art Project Koinobori making (みんなで作ろう、こいのぼり) will be happening all day, as well as Seattle Japanese Language School Display & Japanese name tag making (シアトル日本語学校の展示と日本語の名札作り) and more exciting activities! It’s easy and fun for the kids to enjoy!

For a full schedule of Kodomo no Hi activities, visit here. And we hope to see you Sunday!