Folklore Family Day: Celebrating Children’s Day

May 1, 2016
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Step into the enchanting worlds of Japan’s folktales in this family-friendly event that highlights the vitality and energy of children! Families can immerse themselves in these dynamic fables through kamishibai storytelling, take in the popular Hanakappa: Adventure in the Butterfly Kingdom animation and try hands on crafts including shodo (calligraphy) and origami.  Featured events includes karate workshops led by instructors from Japan Karate Association’s New York Dojo, where kids can show-off their athleticism. Parents shouldn’t miss the special storytelling workshop led by Master Storyteller Tara McGowan who teaches how to tell a better, more engaging story. There’s something for everyone at this year’s festival!

Tickets: $18/$10 Japan Society individual & corporate members; Free for kids 2 and under

Experience the awe and wonder of this annual child-centered holiday with these hands-on activities:

Captivating Kamishibai Storytelling
Master storyteller Tara McGowan and Theatre Banana will inspire young and old alike through tales of princesses, courageous young men, and good ogres (oni) who exhibit great courage and service to others.

Kickin’ Karate
Kids will release their energy while learning some new karate moves with instructors from Japan Karate Association’s New York Dojo. The sessions will include kid-friendly workshops and a short demonstration of Shotokan-style karate.

Hanakappa: Adventure in the Butterfly Kingdom
Come with Hanakappa as he and his friends journey to the Butterfly Kingdom to save the kidnapped mothers of Yamabiko Village!
Co-presented with the  50 minutes in length.

Art Cart: Spring Sun Prints and Origami Time!
Make spring themed camera-less photo prints using the power of the sun and then fold seasonal origami in a workshop led by OrigamiUSA.

More Crafts and Games
Create carp streamers to celebrate Children’s Day and take shodo (Japanese calligraphy) lesson or try your hand at games such as kendama and paper sumo.

And more!

Healthy Japanese light meals, snacks and festival-related refreshments available for purchase by .

*Please note this event will be photographed and videoed for promotional purposes.


Join us at Family Folklore Day, an all-day adventure at Japan Society!

Inset images: Karate © JKA New York; Hanakappa: Adventure in the Butterfly Kingdom © Akiyama Tadashi/HANAKAPPA movie project; All other photos © George Hirose

Family Programs are made possible by Chris A. Wachenheim, the Wendy Obernauer Foundation,
and The Norinchukin Foundation, Inc.

Family Programs are also generously supported by Kumon Centers of Manhattan.

Art Carts for In The Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11 are planned as part of Folklore Family Day and supported by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc.

Additional support is provided by James and Beatrice Del Favero, and John T. Hutcheson.

Student and Family Programs are supported by the New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Folklore Family Day is supported, in part, by Yomitime.

  • Sunday, May 1, 2016
  • 11:00 am