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Memphis Botanic Garden to Host Memphis Japan Festival

Celebrate the rich culture and the people of Japan at this year’s Memphis Japan Festival メンフィス日本まつり

Memphis has a rich variety of cultures in our city and an abundance of festivals to give us all the chance to get a taste of each culture in a respectful way. So what should you expect to experience at the Memphis Japan Festival? There will be an abundance of art and traditional gardens, only enhanced by the location at Memphis Botanic Gardens where you can find a traditional japanese garden even when the festival is not happening. Music, performances, martial arts exhibitions, and lectures will give you a chance to make this a fun experience as well as an opportunity to learn. And, of course, many of us will be looking forward to the authentic Japanese cuisine. There also a few activities going on you may already be familiar with like Pokemon Go and Origami. This is super family friendly with a lot of options for the kids.

Presented by the Japan-America Society, The festival will provide plenty of ways for you to immerse yourself into a Japanese experience. You can also still donate, volunteer, or find another way to help make this event amazing.

The Basics:

  • When: September 24th (10AM-5PM)
  • Where: Memphis Botanic Gardens
  • Cost: Admission is free for Memphis Botanic Garden Members, $5 adults and $2.50 for children ages 3-12. Parking is free of charge in the North lot.

Check out some of the Festival attractions:


  • Bunraku Bay Puppet Theater
  • Carl & Alan Maguire
  • Kent Family Magic Circus
  • Masaji Teresawa, the Candyman
  • Musesouth – Jay Mattingly
  • The Daikin America Taiko Group
  • University of Memphis Bon Odori Group

Martial Arts

  • Fudosinka Dojo
  • Mid South Aikido
  • Racquetclub Shotokan Karate
  • United States Naginata Federaton


  • ​Consulate General of Japan in Nashville
  • Go Club for Kids
  • Jackson International Food and Art Festival
  • Origami Club for Kids
  • Memphis Bonsai Society
  • Memphis Botanic Garden and  the University of Memphis
  • Murray State and Hendrix College JOI Coordinators
  • Tennessee Foreign Language Institute
  • Free admission to “David Rogers’ Big Bugs at the Garden


  • Animeggroll
  • Bat’s Baths
  • Bunraku Bay Puppet Theater
  • Central BBQ
  • MEMPops
  • Milk and Honey Pottery
  • NEO Nippon​
  • Rice Burner
  • Sakiko no kimonoya
  • T-Mobile

Update: Early birds who arrive at the Garden between 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. are invited to Tea House “Edo” for complimentary coffee and muffins and a coupon redeemable for a Japanese puzzle eraser at Animeggroll or a kid-size Italian ice at Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice.

Visit the Japan Festival website for more info.

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