MILLBRAE — The 11th annual Millbrae Japanese Festival will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza, 1 Library Ave. in Millbrae.
The genesis of the event, presented by the City of Millbrae, its Japanese Culture Festival Committee, and the Millbrae Chamber of Commerce, stems from a desire for the Millbrae City Council to celebrate the growing diversity and unique cultures of Millbrae and its surrounding communities on the Bay Area Peninsula.
It is a nonprofit event, providing entertainment, activities for children and adults and an opportunity for vendors of merchandise and food to participate. City philanthropic and community-related groups are also welcome to participate.
10:30 to 10:45 a.m.: Folk dance by Mills High School
10:50 to 11:10 a.m.: Koto by Ikuta Ryu, Chikushi School, Shimaoka Kazusa-kai San Francisco Koto Ensemble
11:15 to 11:35 a.m.: Children’s songs by Ohisama Japanese School
11:40 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Opening ceremony with Millbrae Mayor Anne Oliva and Consul General of Japan Jun Yamada
12:20 to 12:40 p.m.: Shamisen, minyo and hauta by Shamisen Fujimoto Hideki-Kai
12:45 to 1:05 p.m.: Karate by Edwards Karate School
1:10 to 1:30 p.m.: Odori by Kiyonomoto Ryu USA
1:35 to 1:55 p.m.: Folk songs by Satsuki-Kai Inc.
2 to 2:30 p.m.: Okinawan dance and Eisa Shima taiko by Azma-Honryu Seifu Ichisen-kai, Kinuko Mototake Ryubu Kenkyusho USA
2:35 to 2:55 p.m.: Sailor Moon by Animemyu
3 to 3:20 p.m.: Folk music and dance by Ensohza Minyoshu
3:25 to 3:45 p.m.: Kyudo by Seishinkan (NCKF)
3:50 to 4:20 p.m.: Taiko by Drum Revolution
The emcee will be David Louie of ABC 7 News.
Other activities include:
Mochitsuki demonstration and free samples from12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Civic Center Plaza
Display of traditional dolls and armor all day in Chetcuti Room
Calligraphy exhibit and demonstration all day in Chetcuti Room
Origami and kendama for children from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Chetcuti Room
Story time and crafts for children at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Chetcuti Room
San Mateo Bonsai display all day and demonstration at 2 p.m. in front of Library
Tea ceremony by Omotesenke Shimaoka Sohsei-Shachu and Kagami Sohsei-Shachu at 12:15 and 1:15 p.m. in Library Room A
Kimono dressing demonstration at 3 p.m. in Library Room A
Sogetsu ikebana demonstration and display from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Library Room B
Sumi-e display all day in Library Room B
Food Court vendors: JapaCurry (curry rice), J-Shack LLC (crepes), Flatliners BBQ, Satsuki-Kai Inc. (onigiri, yakisoba), Paradise Shave Ice, Food Production (okonomiyaki, natto), Vineyard Gate (beer, sake, wine), Asahi Beer, and Wapioca (Japanese style tapioca drink).
There will also be many craft and information booths.
Free admission. For information, call (415) 602-1660 or visit http://japaneseculturefest-millbrae.org.