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.

Over the first three days of a future in-person Festival, the Center’s gymnasium 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.

On all four days of a future in-person Festival, the Center will also provide spaces to display exquisite examples of crafts — ikebana (flower arrangement), bonsai and suiseki (nature exhibit), shishu (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. Don’t forget to stop by the Center to enjoy live cultural entertainment and a variety of Japanese arts!

Learn more about the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC/the Center).

Meet Dave Dunham, dedicated JCCCNC stage manager in his Committee Member Spotlight blog.

Ensemble Shiki
Ensemble Shiki at the Center stage, 2019 Festival