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Save the Date: Memphis Japan Festival 9/30

Celebrate all things awesome about Japanese culture during the Memphis Japan Festival on September 30th.

From Japanese cuisine and traditional music and dance to martial arts demonstrations, sumo suit wrestling, anime merch, and more, this is the perfect family-friendly opportunity to get a closer look into Japanese traditions both old and new.

  • When: Sunday, September 30th @ 10am-5pm
  • Where: Memphis Botanic Garden
  • Cost: Admission is free for Memphis Botanic Garden Members and children under 2, $5 adults and $2.50 for children ages 2-12. Parking is free of charge in the North lot.


  • Daikin Taiko Drum Team
  • Everybody Dance J-Pop with Musesouth​
  • Hey, Listen!
  • Kent Family Magic Circus
  • Let’s Cosplay with Cosplay Guest, Jaz Hollingsworth
  • Musesouth
  • Nozomi
  • ​Opera Memphis
  • ​Sol Kendamas
  • ​Sunlit Cafe
  • The Maguire Twins
  • University of Memphis Japanese Dance Circle

Martial Arts on the Lawn

  • Fudoshinka Dojo Kenpo Karate
  • ​Memphis Kendo Club
  • ​Mid South Aikido
  • ​United States Naginata Federation


  • Brother – at your side
  • Children’s Activity Area provided by Memphis Botanic Garden and University of Memphis Language Department
  • Consulate General of Japan in Nashville
  • International Student Exchange
  • Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program / Music City JET Alumni Association
  • Japan Outreach Initiative=
  • Memphis Bonsai Society​
  • Origami & Go for Kids


  • Animeggroll: St Louis Anime Store
  • Bat’s Baths
  • ​Bends & Folds
  • Fairys and Frogs Face Painting
  • Hand Stitched by Moms
  • House of Anime
  • Inner Sun Soap
  • Kimono USA
  • Lula Cosplay
  • Mao the Artist X Arcana Angels
  • ​Maricolle
  • ​Memphis Grizzlies
  • Misc., Stuff, etc.
  • Moon Shine Suds & Such
  • Nick’s Bead Art
  • ​Sakiko no Kimonoya
  • Sol Kendamas
  • The Emerald Dragon
  • Twin Modo
origami and the memphis botanic garden

Photo: Memphis Botanic Garden

The festival not only provides an opportunity for attendees to appreciate the east Asian culture with watchful eyes, but allows them to engage in interactive, educational programming such as origami folding, calligraphy and chopstick lessons, a culture camp, kimono dressing, etc.

Pokémon (one of Japan’s most popular media franchises) also has a place in the festival which will act as a hotspot for players to catch ’em all, including 7-8 lures, over 40 PokéStops, and 10+ gyms.

Leading up to the festival, the Memphis Botanic Garden is holding a number of events for you to revel in the wonders of Japanese culture, including their exhibit for Origami in the Garden.

Visit the Japan Festival website for more info.

Follow the Facebook Event Page for updates.

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