Houston Community News >> Japanese Culture

3/13/2011 Houston, TX-- The Japan Festival is held in Hermann Park (near downtown Houston) and provides a wide variety of opportunities to absorb the rich and diverse culture of Japan. Thanks to the City of Houston and generous sponsors, we are going to hold the 19th Japan Festival this year. Past 18 consecutive years, the Japan Festival has been consistently growing and proudly supports over 20,000 attendees each year. In 2009, a local publisher Houston Press rated it as the "Best Festival in Houston"! This event was started in 1993 in the hopes of developing a stronger relationship between the greater Houston community and Japan. The event provides a stage entertainment and an impressive array of food and beverages for everyone to enjoy. This year's main attraction is the group called Oyama x Nitta Duo. They play shamisen, a Japanese three string music instrument. The Tsugaru shamisen is a banjo-like instrument from the Tsugaru region in Aomori Prefecture in the northernmost part of Japan’s central island of Honshu. Both Oyama and Nitta are known for using the instrument to bring a modern sensibility to an ancient, highly percussive folk music, which is sometimes referred to as “Japanese bluegrass.You will be sure to feel an ambiance of Japanese culture in the midst of Houston. Come on and join us!

Date: April 9 (Saturday) & 10 (Sunday) 2011
Time: 11:00 - 5:00
Place: Hermann Park