Children’s Day Festival: Kodomo no Hi

May 3, 2020
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Sunday, May 3, 11 AM–4 PM

PLEASE NOTE: To ensure the safety of all in our community, this festival has been canceled and our building temporarily closed to the public. Please visit our COVID-19 page for information on ticket refunds, donations, and our virtual program initiatives.

Hang the koinobori (carp streamers) and don your kabuto (samurai helmet)—Children’s Day is on its way! Come join us for Japan’s national holiday where all children are stars and their happiness is celebrated. Enjoy a theatrical performance of Peach Boy (Momotaro) featuring storytelling, music, dance, taiko drumming and lots of audience participation. Continue the adventure with other authentic Kodomo no Hi activities!

Tickets: $20/$13 Japan Society members; children ages 2 and under free. Free for Cool Culture members. Advance ticket purchase recommended. This event will be photographed. Recommended for children ages 3-10 and accompanying adults.


Momotaro: The Peach Boy
Three performances: 12 PM, 1:30 PM & 3 PM
Please pre-select your performance with your ticket purchase.

Momotaro the Peach Boy leaves his parents to fight a band of marauding ogres on a distant island! Along the way, he befriends a talking dog, monkey, and pheasant, who agree to help him. Japan Society favorites Crossing Jamaica Avenue return to present an exciting new version of Momotaro. This interactive performance puts your children at the center of Momotaro’s quest with whimsical songs, lively taiko drumming, cool dance, and audience activity!

Traditional Japanese Candy Art by Candy5

Japanese candy art, or amezaiku, is a long-practiced craft dating back as far as the Heian period. The soft taffy-like sugar is twisted and sculpted and transformed into a one-of-a-kind work of art that is as tasty as it is beautiful. Enjoy a decorative demonstration of this classic craft with amezaiku master, Candy5! Candy sculptural art is available for purchase.

Martial Arts Demonstrations & Mini Workshops

Availability of these workshops are on a first come, first serve basis. Participants may register for one workshop on the day of the event.

Karate Demonstration & Mini Workshop
At this mini-class, Noriko Furukara, long-time black belt, will demonstrate the precision and discipline required for karate, a traditional form of Japanese martial arts. Afterwards, participants will get to try out their own moves, guided by a certified expert in the art of Shotokan Karate.

Samurai Sword Fighting Demonstrations & Mini Workshops 
Enjoy samurai sword demonstrations and Samurai Kids Action mini-classes led by Kyo Kasumi of Tate Hato-ryu NY! Kasumi is the founder of Geido Tate Hato-ryu Takase dojo NY, and has been involved as an action stunt and Japanese Sword Fighting coordinator for many productions such as action films and theater performances.

Momotaro Cosplay

Hero or villain, which will you decided to be? Create your own haori coat and hachimaki headband complete with Momotaro’s trademark peach design and transform into the hero yourself, or create horns and a loincloth, to transform into a dastardly oni!

Koinobori Making

Decorate your own koinobori (carp streamer)! Koinobori are commonly flown above the roofs of kids’ houses on Children’s Day. They symbolize the desire for kids to become brave and strong individuals.

Oni Balloon Making

Transport yourself to Oni Island by making an original wild-haired balloon monster. Create a scary, silly, happy, or serious monster—it’s your choice!

Origami Kabuto Making

Make your own wearable samurai kabuto origami helmet! Color and add family crests and symbols to adorn your own special kabuto!

Helmets & Armor from Villagewell Japan

Enjoy and take pictures with life-size samurai kabuto helmets and yoroi armor from Villagewell Japan! View incredible replicas of armor belonging to famous samurai such as Yukimura Sanada.

Festival Food

Healthy Japanese bento box meals, snacks and festival-related refreshments will be available for purchase by BentOn. Enjoy treats such as kashiwa-mochi, rice cakes stuffed with bean paste and wrapped in oak leaves that symbolize strength!

Education and Family Programs receive generous support from an anonymous donor, The Norinchukin Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Council Member Keith Powers through the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, the Japan-United States Friendship Commission as part of the institution-wide Passing the Torch series, and The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.


Additional support is provided by Benton.

Images: © George Hirose

  • Sunday, May 3, 2020
  • 11:00 am