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Shaping Pottery

Hands-on Experiences

Enjoy various hands-on experiences in the workshop room and throughout the venue. (Subject to change)

Bonsai Ikeban


Learn about the living art of Bonsai! Unlike other forms of art, it undergoes several changes in form and style throughout its life. There are masterpieces from hundreds of years ago that are still circulating both in and outside of Japan. With this workshop, you can learn about Bonsai and have a chance to create your very own Bonsai. Make Your Own Bonsai" workshop to start your own tree and learn the fundamentals of how to care for your tree. The workshop requires on-site registration and payment, and space is limited. First come, first served.

Trimming Bonsai Tree


Kendo (“way of the sword”), a traditional Japanese style of fencing with a two-handed wooden swords is derived from the fighting methods of the ancient samurai (warrior class). The unification of Japan in about 1600 removed most opportunities for actual sword combat, so the samurai turned swordsmanship into a means of cultivating discipline, patience and skill for building character. Practice with armor and the shinai, a sword made of bamboo, allows realistic fencing without risk of injury. 

Image by B Vi

Classical Japanese Dances

Nihonbuyo is a Japanese classical dance based on the techniques of Kabuki. Its main characteristic is that it developed from the male-only Kabuki theater and incorporated female performers' dances. In modern Japan, Nihonbuyo became independent from Kabuki, with its own refinements. At the JapanFest workshop, you will learn the basic posture and moves of Nihonbuyo.

Girl in Traditional Japanese Kimono


Ikebana, also known as Kado, is a traditional Japanese flower arrangement, with seasonal elements chosen to be symbolic of a theme or with colors to complement a room's decoration.

You will gain the knowledge of Japanese flower arrangements and  create your masterpiece to take home with you.  Sponsored bythe consulate of Japan in Georgia 

Image by Anna Cicognani


Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom, centered on what is now Okinawa. Karate is now predominantly a striking art using punches, kicks, knee strikes, elbow strikes, and open-hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear hands, and palm-heel strikes. A trained karate practitioner can meld the mind and body perfectly, allowing tremendous physical power to unleash at will.

Practicing Karate

Tea Ceremony

The Japanese tea ceremony is preparing, serving, and drinking tea in a ritualistic way where it is used to promote well-being, mindfulness, and harmony. The tea itself is a powdered green tea called matcha. The purpose of the tea ceremony is to create bonding between the host and guest and gain inner peace. The tea ceremony used to be practiced only by the elite Zen monks and noble warlords, but at JapanFest you can learn it.

Image by Roméo A.
Shmisen Kendo
Karate Pottery paintng
Dance Tea

JapanFest Supported By

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Baar Media
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Gwinnett Creativity Fund
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Georgia Council for the Arts
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