NC Japan Summer Festival
July 18, 2020 (Saturday), 1:00-7:00 p.m. (hours are tentative and subject to change)
Exposition Building, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC
KARAOKE SINGERS WANTED! See bottom of page for information
about our "Carolina Idol Japanese Karaoke Contest".
Bon Dance 盆踊り
No Japanese summer festival is complete without bon dancing, a traditional dance honoring one's ancestors. Come join us in celebrating life and the gifts received from family, led by our Bon Odori Club.
Martial Arts 日本武道
Japan has its own unique style of martial arts. Come see our Kendo Doshi Club demonstrate their techniques, and see demos by other local martial arts dojos such as karate, jujutsu, and iaido.
Live On Stage,
In addition to obon dancing, taiko drumming and martial arts demos, other entertainment will include live performances of Japanese pop music and karaoke.
KARAOKE! Are you brave enough to show off your singing talent on stage in front of thousands of people?
A limited number of slots are available for an American Idol-style karaoke show - in Japanese. For more information, see below.
2019 PROGRAM SCHEDULE
(2020 Program will be announced after April 1, 2020, and is subject to change)
11:00-11:30: Japanese Background Music & Videos
11:30-11:40: Kodomo (Children's) Mikoshi Parade
11:40-12:00: Judo Demo by Bushido Judo School
12:00-12:10: Tanabata Decoration Begins
12:10-12:30: Music Show by Junko Fujiyama
12:30-13:00: Bon-Odori led by Bon Odori Club
13:00-13:20: Welcome Remarks
13:20-13:50: Triangle Choir Club Performance
13:50-14:20: Jujutsu Demo by Bujinkan Dojo
14:20-14:50: Taiko Drumming by Triangle Taiko
14:50-15:20: Bon-Odori led by Bon Odori Club
15:20-15:50: Kendo Demo by Kendo Doshikai
15:50-16:10: Music Show by Junko Fujiyama
16:10-16:20: Kodomo (Children's) Mikoshi Parade
16:20-16:40: Taiko Drumming by Triangle Taiko
16:40-16:50: Tanabata Ceremony
16:50-17:30: Bon-Odori led by Bon Odori Club
17:30-18:00: Iaido Demo by Komei Jyuku
18:00-19:00: Carolina Idol Japanese Karaoke Contest
Sponsored by Sapporo Beer
(Please contact us if you wish to sing)
CAROLINA IDOL JAPANESE KARAOKE CONTEST: Show off your singing talent before thousands of people in an American Idol-style karaoke competition sponsored by Sapporo Beer. We are seeking brave talented vocalists to sing Japanese songs at this year's Festival and to compete for cash prizes. After reading the CONTEST RULES, click HERE to signup and enter the contest. This will open an email. When signing up via this email please provide your full name (or the name of your group and everyone in it), first and second song choices, email address and phone number.