The Friendship Reception is a special ticketed event with dinner, performances by Japan Groups, mochitsuki (mochi pounding) and a gathering to welcome our guest participants from Japan and across the U.S.! The Festival Committee takes this opportunity to express their gratitude to our Festival participants. This reception will take place on Friday evening right before the second weekend of the Festival.

Friendship Reception, Sachiko Suzuki's Recreation Dance Group
Sachiko Suzuki’s Recreation Dance Group from Tokyo, 2014 Festival

Special thanks to all of our past Japan Groups in the Festival, including but not limited to the following:

Read about Toyomi Tanaka, dedicated Japan Groups Committee member who helped take care of our Japan Groups in the Festival.