A fundraiser to benefit Fairfield’s Sister City Exchange Program returns for its fifth year. Japan Fest will take place on Saturday, August 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fairfield Community Center, 1000 Kentucky Street. The event will include performances and activities for all ages, as well as an Asian-inspired lunch.
Performers include Ensohza, an exciting Japanese folk dance group, as well as the Wesley Ukulele Band from San Jose. The Sacramento Kendo Club will give an on-stage demonstrations of Japanese martial arts. Children and families can learn origami, calligraphy, and many other aspects of traditional Japanese culture at numerous activity and game tables. Experts from the Northern California Japanese Sword Club will display swords, and an ikebana teacher will teach the art of flower arrangement as well. There will also be plenty of Japanese goods for sale.
Japan Fest is held the same weekend as the Tomato Festival. Take a break from the festival and visit Japan for a couple of hours, just three blocks away!
The Fairfield-Nirasaki Sister City Program is an official program of the City of Fairfield. It is a nonprofit organization run by local volunteers who want to cultivate cultural understanding between Americans and Japanese at a citizen level. The program began 46 years ago as a basic sister city relationship between the cities of Fairfield and Nirasaki, Yamanashi, Japan. For the past 30 years, adults and students from the Fairfield area have traveled to Nirasaki each summer, and adults and students have come to Fairfield from Japan each winter. The program receives no outside assistance and is dependent on donations.
Tickets for this year’s Japan Fest are available online. Lunch and entry is $20, entry only is $5 per person. Entry for children ages 4 and younger is free.