JAPANFes Summer Festival Feat. Yukata Photo Contest & Bon Dance
Sunday, August 27 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
4th Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets in the East Village
Summer is nearing its end, but we can still celebrate in Japanese style at this festival in the East Village. Throw on your yukata – cotton kimono worn in the summer – and enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors provided by Japanese vendors. You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to Japan!
JapanFes Food Vendors
- Teineiya: Grilled Squid and Japanese Soda
- Harmony of Shining Women Foundation: Hawaiian Coffee and Japanese Handmade Crafts
- Fuji Mart NY: Ramen Onigiri Butadon
- Sam’s Ice Cream: Fried Ice Cream
- Kishuya Ramen Noodle Bar: Yakisoba (grilled noodles)
- Osaka-Ya: Osaka-style Okonomi-yaki (savory pancake)
- Omoto: Hashimaki (okonomiyaki served on chopsticks)
- Tea and Milk: Bubble Tea
- Vartex Management Corp: Curry
- Dangoya Masa: Dango (sweet dumpling)
- Dokodemo: Yakisoba
- Eemas cuisine: Spam musubi
- Nohohon Tea: Macha
- RESOBOX: Onigiri
- Narazawa Shoten: Gyu-Kushi Yaki
Wuhao New York will sell tenugui, the Japanese traditional cloth, and Kokeshi 375 and Saki’s Japanese Lesson will sell Japanese clothing. Have your face painted by Japanese calligraphy artist Taisan Tanaka.
A staple of the Japanese festival, the Bon Dance will be performed starting a 2:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate!
Yukata Photo Contest!
There will be a yukata photo contest between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Anyone attending the event wearing yukata can enter the photo contest, limited to the first 50 entries. A Fujifilm representative will take two Instant photos, one of which will be given to the entrant as a souvenir, and the other will be posted onto the contest board. Attendees will vote on the contest winners. JAPANFes organizers will collect ballots from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., with voters indicating their choices for first, second, and third place on each ballot. The three participants with the most votes will be announced by 6:00 p.m.
Yukata contest entry prize:
1 Polaroid print and 1 Calpico drink
Photo contest 1st place winner:
Yukata set from KaedeNYC, a fashion consultancy that specializes in kimono styling and rental
Instant camera from Fijifilm (including film)
Three Japan Fes VIP tickets (expires October 2017)
Photo contest 2nd place winner:
$50 meal gift certificate for Uminoie restaurant
Two Japan Fes VIP tickets (expires October 2017)
Photo contest 3rd place winner:
$30 meal gift certificate for Uminoie restaurant
One Japan Fes VIP ticket (expires October 2017)
There will also be a special prize for the voters! Each participant who submits a ballot will receive one free Calpico drink. Of the ballots that correctly select the winners in order, ONE ballot will be chosen by lottery two round trip flights to Japan! (Travel dates limited to January 6, 2018 through March 16, 2018 OR April 9, 2018 through April 30, 2018, excluding weekends.)
For more information, please visit JAPANFes’s website.