@ Infinite Energy Center
Sept. 26, Sat. - 10am-6pm
Sept. 27, Sun. - 10am-5pm
2019's Theme Was:
"Get Ready to Travel Japan--
With 22,000+ attendees in 2018, JapanFest 2019 continued in its 33rd year with 25,000 visitors as the largest Japan-related event in the Southeastern United States! JapanFest 2019 took place on September 21 - 22, 2019.
With over 120 vendors featuring Japanese food, Japanese goods, and more, together with 25 performers and workshops, it was an event celebrating the rich, multi-layered culture of Japan. JapanFest 2019 was a great chance to immerse yourself, together with your family and friends, in all things Japanese!
A joint production brought to you by the Japan-America Society of Georgia and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, and with the support of the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta, visitors enjoyed two full days of fun and learning all about Japan on a virtual trip around the nation hosting the 2020 Olympics!
Our Food Court was filled with affordable Japanese delicacies, Ginza Dori "main street" was lined with even more vendors with Japanese novelties for sale; Anime Village was popular as ever for our loyal Anime fans; Children's Playland was rollicking with fun Japanese games; The Way of the Warrior with sword and martial arts exhibits was one of our star performances; the Japanese Arts Studio where you could learn about Ikebana Flower Arranging, Calligraphy, Kimono, and Tea Ceremony drew crowds; screenings about the Olympics to learn all about next year's festivities and travel to Japan played throughout the day; and a Sake & Beer Garden for adults, and so much more--there was something for everyone no matter what your interests!
Tickets were only $10 per day in advance, $12 at the door, or $18 in advance for a two-day pass. That was a steal for endless fun and education for the family! For K-12 schools, we offered 50 free tickets if applied for by your school administrator. Companies could purchase blocks of tickets and offered them as perks to employees.
Sponsors had a major opportunity to gain visibility and show their support for the dynamic Japanese community in Georgia. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the benefits of sponsorship in 2020.
Shop Japanese Goods
Visitors can purchase an amazing array of Japanese goods, including kimono, Japanese tea, Sake, dolls, ceramics and more. You can find locally handcrafted Japanese jewelry, ornaments, and decorations such as lanterns. At the Georgia Japanese Language School Bazaar on Sunday, you will find unique items gathered by Japanese families, including Manga, books, and household items.
The Ginza-dori, organized by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia and named after Tokyo's famous shopping district, will feature Japanese festival-style games, Omikuji, Japanese ceramics, traditional Japanese clothing, accessories and fun items such as masks and toys.
Japanese Street Food
JapanFest features the best of Japanese cuisine in Atlanta! Local Japanese restaurants will offer a tantalizing menu of roll sushi, bento boxes, ramen noodles, takoyaki, shaved ice, curry rice, yakisoba, torikaraage, and more!
The popular Anime Village will be back this year with a whole new schedule of performers, workshops, vendors, games and much more! Thanks again to the Momocon crew, the Anime Village is sure to be a lively and engaging part of JapanFest.
Many of the approximately 550 Japanese companies based in Georgia will display their products in the Japanese Business in Georgia (JBiG) exhibition. Interactive exhibits include the latest in Japanese technology, such as automobiles, tractors, and electronics.
Omikoshi is a portable shrine where the spirit of a deity stays during a festival held in his honor. At JapanFest, kids will carry the authentic Omikoshi, made by a highly skilled Japanese carpenter. On Saturday, the Omikoshi will be displayed together with an information panel and a video. On Sunday, there will be 5 sessions for kids to carry the Omikoshi and walk around Ginza street calling out “Wasshoi!（わっしょい）”.
Anyone can just show up and join us on Sunday!