Arts & Crafts and Martial Arts Fair- Independence Park

Saturday, June 11th

11:00 AM – 3:30 PM • Independence Park
Independence Park on Thames Street is transformed into a Japanese-American Cultural Center, featuring demonstrations, workshops, and displays. Including Arts and Crafts and Martial Arts Demonstrations.

ONGOING ACTIVITIES & DISPLAYS 11:00AM-3:30PM 


ARTS & CRAFTS TENT- Japanese Origami, Calligraphy and Tanabata Wish on Bamboo along with Henna tattoos from the Japanese Language Students of Classical High School 


11:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Join the students in some Japanese fun with origami making, calligraphy, henna and more!

THE JAPANESE CONSULATE TENT- Celebrate Summer like they do in Japan

11:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Join staff and volunteers from the Consulate General of Japan in Boston for summer festival activities. Celebrate the summer holiday of Tanabata by writing a wish on a paper streamer and hanging it from bamboo branches. Kids can try their hand at the typical summer festival games of Kendama (ball and cup) and learn Origami.

 

Bristol Garden Club Tent

11:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Ongoing Kokedama demonstrations and selling Kokedama plants. 

Shiatsu with Sakiko Mori and Shunji Morimoto

11:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Shiatsu massage is an ancient Japanese healing method. Due to its name — "shi" (finger) and "atsu" (pressure) — it's often described as a form of acupressure.

 

​​FULL SCHEDULE OF DEMONSTRATIONS & PERFORMANCES

Japanese Ikebana Demonstration

11:00 AM

Representatives of the Bristol Garden Club will demonstrate the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging, Ikebana.

Stimulating your Mind & Body with Okinawan Karate

11:15 AM

This workshop will help coordination and motor skills while exercising mind and body. By Okinawan Temple and Al Gagne.

Taiko Drumming with Odaiko New England 

11:45 AM   

The taiko is said to be the voice and spirit of the Japanese. The sound of the taiko has an irresistible draw the summons people to seek out its source!

Japanese Shinobue (Flute) & Drum Performance

12:05 pm

Japanese Kokedama Demonstration

12:15 PM

Representatives of the Bristol Garden Club will demonstrate the traditional Japanese art of Kokedama.

Iaido Performance from Suio Ryu Iai Kenpo USA Shibu

12:30 PM  

Iaido aims for beauty in perfection and form of using swords.

 

Stimulating your Mind & Body with Okinawan Karate

1:00 PM

This workshop will help coordination and motor skills while exercising mind and body. By Okinawan Temple and Al Gagne

​Taiko Drumming with Odaiko New England 

1:30 PM  

The taiko is said to be the voice and spirit of the Japanese. The sound of the taiko has an irresistible draw the summons people to seek out its source!

Iaido Performance from Suio Ryu Iai Kenpo USA Shibu

2:00 PM  

Iaido aims for beauty in perfection and form of using swords.

 

Japanese Kokedama Demonstration

2:15 PM

Representatives of the Bristol Garden Club will demonstrate the traditional Japanese art of Kokedama.

 

Taiko Drumming with Odaiko New England 

2:30 PM   

The taiko is said to be the voice and spirit of the Japanese. The sound of the taiko has an irresistible draw the summons people to seek out its source!

​SHORIN-RYU Demonstration by Okinawan Temple and Al Gagne
2:45 PM

From Okinawa, the Birthplace of Karate. Consists of exercise, self-defense drills, techniques and several farming tools converted to weapons by the Okinawan people.

 

INDEPENDENCE PARK ON-GOING ACTIVITIES & DISPLAYS

    • Bristol Garden Club

    • Classical High School 

    • Shiatsu with Sakiko Mori and Shunji Morimoto

    • Office of the Council General

    • Okinawan Temple

    • Ohisama

    • Odaiko New England

    • Suio Ryu Iai Kenpo

    • Barken Crafts

    • Sensational Showers

    • Wabi Sabi Décor

    • South County Herbals

    • Dapper Customs

    • Jacqueline Drake Art

    • TurnKey Gifts

    • Barbara Keeley Art

    • Rose & Petal Cakery

    • Communities for People