5 Things To Do At JapanFest
On Saturday, September 15th, 2018 Novis Creative was privileged to sponsor JapanFest, an annual festival celebrating culture and people of japan. The Infinite Energy Arena was packed with thousands of visitors and over 140 international artists and vendors enjoying cuisine, activities, workshops, art, and performances. This year celebrated 32 years of showcasing the authentic beauty, art, and cultural exchange JapanFest brings to Atlanta.
Here are things to do at JapanFest:
Saturday, 10 a.m. Welcomed families to the 13th annual Georgia Sumo Open, presented by the Georgia Sumo Association. The event encouraged audience participation through demonstration and brief discussions, concluding with a tournament featuring some of Georgia’s best wrestlers. A special Kagami biraki ceremony officially launched the festival featuring speakers from the Japan-America Society of Georgia, the Japanese chamber of commerce Georgia, and the Consulate General of Japan.
Saturday, all day at the Delta Air Lines Stage included a massive showcase of century-old performances and demonstrations including the thrilling “Bushido, the way of the Samurai” by Samurai Sword Soul and “Orochi” performed by the Japan performance arts, Inc of NYC. On Sunday 12 - 1230 p.m. Samurai Sword Soul invited visitors to an up-close and personal “samurai bootcamp!” For all those looking for an extra slice.
Saturday & Sunday, all day. The Anime Village offered inspiring artists and fans to meet Voice acting coaches, engage design in cosplay workshops, and crunchyroll & chill with newest anime from Japan.
Sunday, 1:30 - 2 p.m. Urasenke Tea Ceremony. The members of the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Atlanta Association presented an afternoon of tea with guests. Visitors were not only treated with tea, but with the accompanying buddhist aspects of the ceremony. After being guided through the tea ceremony, visitors were invited to try it for themselves.
Saturday & Sunday, all day. The Beer Garden is held outdoors overlooking the main venue. The event hosts Japanese beer, Sake, BBQ, and street foods from local businesses. Food can also be purchased indoors with over 20 international food and dessert vendors in the food court. Both locations have plenty of seating and access to restrooms. If you want to try a variety of authentic Japanese foods and snacks there are few places that compare.
For the past 32 years the JapanFest has worked with other international organizations and institutions to build appreciation of international culture and community in Georgia. They seek not just to teach about Japanese culture, but to introduce Japanese and American individuals to one another with the purpose of forming lasting professional and personal relationships!
2018 JapanFest Official Sponsors:
Delta | Baker Donelson Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC | Momocon | Taylor-English | WSBTV | AT&T | Goldman Sachs | KPMG | The Coca-Cola Company | Temple University - Japan | Georgia Power | Aflac | TOTO USA | YKK Corportation of America | National Endowment of the Arts
Did we miss anything on this list? Let us know what you like to do at JapanFest.