The free festival offers fun and culture for viewers of all ages
ORLANDO, Fla. (November 4, 2020) – Organized by the Japan Association of Orlando (JAO), the Orlando Japan Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary and will take place in virtual form this year. The festival will be held on the Festival’s YouTube channel on Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. (EST). Viewers are encouraged to subscribe and click on the bell icon to receive further updates.
The virtual festival is free and open to the public and will feature electrifying cultural performances including Japanese Taiko drumming from One Thousand Drummers, Koto (Japanese harp), Iai-Nuki, Bon-Odori dance, traditional Japanese tea ceremony, Judo, and more.
Highlight: “1000 Taiko Drummers” from the Taiko groups/performers overseas and allover
- San Francisco Taiko Dojo
- Wako Daiko
- Marco Lienhard from Taikoza
- Jason Seymore from Hokuto Taiko Dojo
- Kenny Endo from Taiko Center of the Pacific
- Asano U.S.
- Fushu Daiko
As an additional treat, this year’s annual raffle is free for everyone. Participants must submit their information through the raffle’s online form before Saturday, November 7. To see the lineup of fabulous prizes, visit the Orlando Japan Festival’s social media accounts. Winners will be announced at the end of the event and contacted directly by the organizers.
The Virtual Orlando Japan Festival is organized by the JAO and supported by the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami and sponsored by Mitsukoshi U.S.A., Asia Trend Magazine, mickeynet and Tachibana-ya.
The JAO is a section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Japanese culture within the community and supporting local organizations and individuals in endeavors to further Japanese visual and performing arts, culture, and education.
We hope you are all keeping well and safe during this unprecedented time. This year marks the 20th year of our annual Orlando Japan Festival and it was our wish to celebrate this special year at the Kissimmee Lakefront Park with everyone. Unfortunately, we have made a difficult decision to postpone the festival to 2021. Instead, we will be hosting a “Virtual Orlando Japan Festival” this year. We are hoping to celebrate our anniversary virtually as well as advertising for next year’s festival.