Japanese Festival
@Herman Park

Saturday 13, 2019 10:00 AM
Sunday 14, 2019 10:00 AM


     The Japan Festival is in Hermann Park, it is typically adjacent to the Japanese Garden near downtown Houston. This is their weekend, despite the weather. The festival itself was created by volunteers nearly 20 years ago and is still operated by a volunteer staff.

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     Japanese Americans have a long history in the Bayou City. Houston's first Japanese grocery store, the Nippan Daid at Westheimer Road at Wilcrest, in the Westchase district. As of 1998 Japanese is the predominate language and most items are marked in Japanese and English. In 1988 Leslie Watts of the Houston Chronicle wrote that it is "[v]virtually identical in appearance, sound and smell to the small neighborhood markets found in Japan". As of 1988 the store offered noodles, fruit and vegetables. vegetables, cigarettes, video rental, underwear and lingerie, socks, origami kits, toys, dolls, cockroach traps, and pharmaceuticals. As of 1998 the store offered fish, teas, soy sauces, frozen pot stickers and dumplings, alcohol, tofu sauces, miso soups, rice cookers, chopsticks, and Japanese videos. It is a branch of a chain based in White Plains, New York; In 1988 this chain, a Japanese American business, had four other U.S. locations.

     Japan Festival Houston celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Japan with traditional and contemporary performances of Japanese music, dance and martial arts, Japanese/Japanese-inspired food, as well as demonstrations and displays of Ikebana flower arrangement, tea ceremony, origami, bonsai and more.

     One of the most attended events of its type across the entire United States, the Japan Festival brings about a reaffirmation of a commitment to Japanese and Japanese-American traditions, both old and new. The event is FREE and open to the public. Vendors will be charging for their food items and merchandise. Participation in select activities will require a fee.

Japanese Festival
Hermann Park
Japanese Garden
along the Jones Reflection Pool
Houston, TX
Saturday 13, 2019 10:00 AM
Sunday 14, 2019 10:00 AM
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