JapanFest Atlanta Sept 16 and 17

This year’s festival will take place at the Infinite Energy Center.

The largest Japanese festival in the Southeast, JapanFest is an annual celebration of Japanese culture

Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

and Sunday, September 17 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Festival tickets are available at the gate during the event or you can order them now, or when you get to the gate.


Memphis Japan Festival Sept 24, 2017

This year’s festival will take place at the Memphis Botanic Garden on the TruGreen Lawn, with performances on the new Jim Duncan Stage!

Entry for festival events will be at the north gate, with ample free parking in the North Lot.

Sunday, September 24
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

MBG members $5/non-members $10
Festival tickets are available at the gate during the event.

C2 Church on May 13

The Bunraku Bay Puppet Theater will perform at C2 Church on Saturday evening, May 13. There will be two showings, at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Christian Chapel Academy  K-8 Scholarship fund.


Screening of Sundance Film at MIZZOU on April 13

KB Movie poster“Kaiju Bunraku,” directed by Jillian Mayer and Lucas Let’s, was one of only 70 short films selected from more than 9000 entries to be screened at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The film features the puppetry of Bunraku Bay Puppet Theater, which is directed by Japanese Studies Program Coordinator and Professor, Martin Holman. The film will be shown in the Leadership Auditorium in the MU Student Center on Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 PM.

“Kaiju Bunraku” is not a documentary about Japanese puppets. The Bunraku Bay puppets are the actors in a story, with a script by Lucas Leyva.

The event is sponsored by the Asian Affairs Center and the Japanese Studies Program at the University of Missouri. The evening includes a screening of “Kaiju Bunraku,” a live demonstration of traditional Japanese Bunraku puppetry, and an audience Q & A. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.