Nihon Matsuri Japanese festival is April 27 in Salt Lake City

Published: Thursday, April 11 2013 12:15 p.m. MDT

Jordan Johstone gets his face painted at last year's Nihon Matsuri Japan Festival in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The Nihon Matsuri Japan Festival will share Japanese culture and traditions through activities and entertainment for all ages on Saturday, April 27.

This year, the festival will welcome Kauakilihune Hawaiian Dancing Troupe as the guest artist. The dance group has performed throughout the world for more than 50 years and has studios in Hawaii, Amsterdam, Mexico, Guam, Japan and most recently Salt Lake City.

There will also be performances from many other groups that showcase Japanese American culture including cosplay, taiko drums and martial arts. The festival features tea ceremonies, anime, Japanese dance, martial arts demonstrations, taiko drumming, kimono fashion show and Japanese-American history exhibits.

A variety of Japanese specialty foods will be available, including sushi, teriyaki chicken, beef sukiyaki, manju and much more.

The festival is located at Japantown Street, 100 South between 200 and 300 West, in Salt Lake City. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, visit www.nihonmatsuri.com.

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