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Not Going to Homecoming? Attend the Japan Festival!

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For those of you who aren’t planning on going to homecoming, here’s why you should attend the annual Greater Kansas City Japan Festival hosted by Johnson County Community College:

Homecoming dances may be a staple, but the Japan Festival promises an immersive journey into the heart of Japanese culture. Dazzling Kabuki spectacles, thunderous taiko drumming, and traditions that most in the Midwest have never heard of.

Swap the predictability of homecoming for a schedule bursting with variety. Traditional Japanese dance, contemporary pop beats, and martial arts prowess—the festival caters to diverse tastes, ensuring you’re not just entertained but captivated.

Why settle for mundane refreshments when you can savor the authentic flavors of Japan? From sushi and ramen to tempura and mochi, the festival’s culinary offerings are a feast for the senses. These sweet treats will be sold throughout the festival grounds at your convenience.

Miyuki Sugimori, a Japanese candy artist, will be showing off her talents, giving attendees a chance to watch the making of fresh candy.

Step out of the passive homecoming scene and dive into the vibrant workshops at the festival. Learn the art of calligraphy, master origami, or try your hand at ikebana or even bonsai. It’s not just an event; it’s an opportunity to unleash your creativity.

Homecoming has its charm, but can it match the awe-inspiring martial arts demonstrations and the visual spectacle of the Cosplay Contest at the festival? From kendo to Aikido, witness and practice the skills and discipline that come with Japanese martial arts. The cosplay contest is the last event in thefestival’s schedule and is great for those who enjoy anime and manga.

More than a celebration, the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival builds bridges between cultures. Opting for the festival over homecoming is a great choice if you don’t feel like being out late, dressing up, and making your own plans.

So, why settle for the ordinary when an extraordinary journey awaits? Choose the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival and make this weekend a celebration of culture, diversity, and most importantly, good food. If homecoming isn’t your priority, make it the Japan Festival!

Photos by Lisa Atkins

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