The 15th Annual

NC Japan Summer Festival

has been CANCELLED


Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the high risk of further spreading this virus via large crowds in enclosed spaces, and the strong recommendations of health and public safety officials, we must regrettably CANCEL this year's festival.  Our primary concern is the health and safety of our guests, volunteers and participants.  The festival will occur again in the summer of 2021 when things have improved.  Good luck and best wishes to you all in the coming months.

NC Japan Summer Festival

Saturday, July 18, 2020: 1:00-6:00 p.m.

 (11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. for advance online ticket purchasers)

Exposition Center, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC

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.

Taiko  和太鼓

The exhilarating pounding of Japanese taiko drums is not to be missed.  Our own Triangle Taiko and Special Taiko will be performing.


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,

and more...

In addition to obon dancing, taiko drumming and 

martial arts demos, other entertainment will include

live performances of 

Japanese pop music.

Performers Wanted:

If you are interested in performing at the 2020

NC Japan Summer Festival, please contact us HERE.


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)

19:00-19:00:  Closing