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Obon Festival Guide

Summer means the start of Obon season. Holding a special significance to the Japanese American community on many levels, the annual Obon festival honors the spirits of one’s ancestors. It is a way to show appreciation, remember, and say thank you to those who came before us…

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    Celebrating its 7th year, the 2017 Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival is the largest festival of Japanese animation in Wales. Running September 28 – October 1 and October 28, 2017, the Kotatsu Festival showcases the latest and very best in Japanese animation with an expansive and varied......

  • 2017 Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco

    Celebrating its 10th year, the 2017 Iranian Film Festival (IFF) is the first independent Iranian film festival outside of Iran. Running September 23-24, 2017, the Iranian Film Festival presents an assortment of 40 of the best in Iranian films made by or about Iranians from......

  • 2017 Los Angeles Chinatown Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

    Celebrating its 79th year, the 2017 Los Angeles Chinatown Mid-Autumn Moon Festival celebrates tradition in a modern way with the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival or Zhongqiu. Considered one of the most important East Asian festivals of the year, the festival dates back over 3,000 years and......

  • 2017 Luckyrice Feast New York

    Celebrating its 8th year, the 2017 Luckyrice Feast New York is a celebration of Asian-style cuisine and culture in America. Running September 22, 2017, Luckyrice Feast will showcase New York’s most enticing Asian food experiences: from Southeast Asia to China, fine-dining restaurants to casual local......

  • 2017 Sumo Champions Exhibition

    Celebrating its 6th year, the 2017 Sumo Champions Exhibition offers a one-of-a-kind event showcasing the ancient Japanese sport of Sumo. Running September 16-17, 2017, the Sumo Champions Exhibition offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet real Sumo Wrestlers, learn about life as a Sumo and......

  • 2017 J-Pop Summit

    Celebrating its 9th year, the 2017 J-Pop Summit Festival is a pop culture-themed street fair in San Francisco’s Japantown. Running September 9-10, 2017, the two-day event hosted by SUPERFROG Project introduces the latest in Japanese popular culture every summer to the United States. Hosting over......

  • 2017 Starbucks Mooncake Collection

    Seattle-based international coffee and coffeehouse chain, Starbucks is continuing its tradition of celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with the introduction of a variety of limited edition Starbucks-inspired mooncake collections. Available for the Chinese market, Starbucks’ distinctive high-end ingredients and innovative mix of western dessert and......

  • Jaden Smith Stars in Upcoming Netflix Anime Series

    Premiering September 22, 2017, Neo Yokio is an anime television series produced for Netflix. Written, created and produced by Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, the six-part series is set in a mashup city of Tokyo and New York called Neo Yokio. Joined by his faithful mecha-butler, Charles......

  • 2017 Sake Day

    Celebrating its 12th year, the 2017 Sake Day is the original and largest “Nihonshu No Hi” celebration outside of Japan. Running September 30, 2017, Sake Day is a celebration of all things sake, featuring over 200 different types of sake to taste, sake education stations and......