Japanese Children’s Festival to Feature Nationally Acclaimed Artist


Nationally recognized artist Aki Sogabe, whose art can be seen at places like Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market or in the public state art collections of Oregon and Washington,  will be sharing her colorful talents during this year’s Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day Festival.

Sogabe will demonstrate kirie, the Japanese art form of paper cutting, to both children and adults during the public and free festival which takes place on Sunday, May 3rd, from 11AM-5PM at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington located in Seattle. Sogabe’s workshop will be held from 11am-2pm.

“So many kids are constantly using electronics or technology, so most of the art they make are on computers, tablets, or smartphones” Sogabe, an illustrator of 10 children books, said. “I hope things like kirie helps children be creative and use their imagination in a way they are not used to.”

The artist also made a wall-sized mural that attendees will be able to color during the festival.

In addition to Sogabe’s presentation, Kodomo no Hi attendees can enjoy activities like kendama demonstrations, J-RUNS’ modern and fast dance version of the popular Japanese folk song Soran Bushi, the energetic Japanese drumming known as taiko, martial arts, the always popular calligraphy workshop by Midori Kono Thiel, kids’ tea ceremony, games, Japanese cuisine made by area food trucks, and many other Japan-related cultural activities and experiences.

For a full list of events and a schedule please visit: www.jcccw.org/annual-events/kodomo-no-hi/