Known for providing traditional Japanese performances and cultural art exhibits, the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC, or the Center) is one of the Festival’s major indoor venues, located at 1840 Sutter Street in Japantown. The Center generously offered the 2021 Virtual Festival livestream studio space.

On the first weekend of the Festival (April 8 & 9, 2023), the Center will provide spaces to display exquisite examples of crafts — ikebana (flower arrangement), kimekomi ningyo (wooden Mataro dolls), shishu (embroidery), and washi ningyo (intricately detailed 3D Japanese paper dolls).

On the second Saturday of the Festival (April 15, 2023), the Center will host Japanese dance and music performances! 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. Refer to the schedule for the list of performers. 

Learn more about the venue, The Center (formerly, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California or JCCCNC).


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Ensemble Shiki
Ensemble Shiki at the Center stage, 2019 Festival