Known for providing traditional Japanese performances and cultural art exhibits, the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) is one of the Festival’s major indoor venues, located at 1840 Sutter Street. Over the first three days of the Festival, visitors will be surrounded by authentic performances of both classical and folk dances in traditional costumes. For music, both classical and modern pieces are performed on traditional Japanese instruments, such as the koto and shamisen.

The JCCCNC building also provides venues to display exquisite examples of crafts—Ikebana flower arrangement, bonsai and suiseki, shishu (Japanese embroidery), and washi ningyo (intricately detailed paper dolls). Visitors can join the Ikebana and shodo (calligraphy) demonstrations, as well as request for a takeaway souvenir with your name and a favorite word written by the calligraphy group! You can also try your hand at karuta, a poetry card game. All activities are FREE to the public and performed by volunteers. Make sure to stop by the JCCCNC!

2018 Performance Schedule

Read about this year’s performers on the 2018 Performer Profiles page.

Saturday, April 14th

12:00 – 1:00 Japanese Music Institute
1:00 – 2:30 Minyo Minbu
2:30 – 3:30 SF Koto Group Hanaikada
3:30 – 4:30 Shigin

Sunday, April 15th

12:00 – 12:30 Chorale May & Ensemble Shiki
12:30 – 1:00 Gen Ryu Arts
1:00 – 2:00 Kazuma Ishikawa SF Koto, formerly Shimaoka Kazusa Kai
3:00 – 4:00 Seiha Koto/Sangen Masazuka Kai

Saturday, April 21st

12:00 – 1:00 Wesley Ukulele Band
1:00 – 2:00 Azama Honryu Seifu Ichisenkai USA & Senjukai Hawaii
2:00 – 2:30 Marimo-Kai
2:30 – 3:30 Edo Ensemble & Kohaku
3:30 – 4:00 Nishikawa Ryu Nihon Buyo
7:00 SF Taiko / Cherry Blossom Taiko Festival

2018 Exhibit Schedule

Read about this year’s exhibits and demonstrations on the 2018 Cultural Programs page.

Classrooms 1 and 2 are located on the 2nd floor.
The Issei Memorial Hall is on the 1st floor.

Saturday, April 14th

Classroom 1 – 11:00-5:00 Washi Ningyo paper dolls
Classroom 2 – 11:00-4:00 Shishu embroidery
Issei Memorial Hall – 11:00-5:00 Ikebana flower arrangement

Sunday, April 15th

Classroom 1 – 11:00-5:00 Washi Ningyo paper dolls
Classroom 2 – 11:00-4:00 Shishu embroidery
Issei Memorial Hall – 11:00-5:00 Ikebana flower arrangement

Saturday, April 21st

Classroom 1 – 11:00-5:00 Calligraphy by Shoyukai
Classroom 2 – 11:00-4:00 Karuta poetry card game
Issei Memorial Hall – Bonsai & Suiseki

Sunday, April 22nd

Classroom 1 – 11:00-5:00 Calligraphy by Shoyukai
Issei Memorial Hall – Bonsai & Suiseki

Learn more about the JCCCNC.