Oak Park, Ill.
Hours: Noon-4 p.m. Feb. 1, 2014
Annual Japanese Festival. This is a great event for children and adults, which includes performances of professional drummers and dancers, and lots of hands-on activities and games. Activities include origami, calligraphy, crafts, chopsticks, Japanese toys and games, writing your name in Japanese, language and culture lessons, food and drinks. Free admission.
Stage performances include Japanese drums by Tsukasa Taiko, traditional dance by Fujima Ryu Dance Studio and Aikido demonstrations and more. Activtiy stations are set up for guests to enjoy Japanese culture. Try putting on a kimono, face painting, sumo wrestling, origami, calligraphy, practice using chopsticks, making various crafts, play with Japanese toys and games, Dance Dance Revolution, mini language and culture lessons and learn proper table manners. Pre-Fest Drum Concert on Friday.