Family Program

Children's Day Festival: Kodomo no Hi

Children's Day Festival: Kodomo no Hi

Sunday, May 6, 11 AM

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Family Program
Sunday, May 6, 11 AM—4 PM

Hang the koinobori (carp streamers) and don your kabuto (samurai helmet): Children's Day is on its way! Come join us for Japan’s national holiday where all children are stars and their happiness is celebrated. Enjoy a performance of Peach Boy (Momotaro) featuring storytelling, music, dance, taiko drumming and lots of audience participation. Continue the adventure with other authentic Kodomo no Hi activities!

Tickets: $18/$10 Japan Society members; children ages 2 and under free. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Recommended for children ages 3-10 and accompanying adults.

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Momotaro Momotaro and You
Two performances: 12:30 PM & 2:30 PM
Please pre-select your performance with your ticket purchase.

Momotaro the Peach Boy leaves his parents to fight a band of marauding ogres on a distant island! Along the way, he befriends a talking dog, monkey, and pheasant, who agree to help him. Japan Society favorites Crossing Jamaica Avenue return to present Momotaro and You. This interactive performance puts your children at the center of Momotaro’s quest with whimsical songs, lively taiko drumming, cool dance, props for kids, and lots of audience activity!

Sword Fighting Samurai Sword Fighting Demonstrations and Mini Workshops
1 PM, 2 PM and 3PM

Enjoy samurai sword demonstrations and Samurai Kids Action mini-classes led by Kyo Kasumi of Tate Hato-ryu NY! Kasumi is the founder of Geido Tate Hato-ryu Takase dojo NY, and has been involved as an action stunt and Japanese Sword Fighting coordinator for many productions such as action films and theater performances.

Ikebana Demonstration Iris Ikebana
1PM, 2PM and 3PM

Create your own ikebana flower arrangement. Try your hand at a basic composition, emphasizing lines, shapes and color with seasonal materials! Led by Asae Takahashi, renowned instructor of the Ohara School of Ikebana and founder of Zenshow Jyuku ikebana classes.

Koinobori Koinobori Making

Create a courageous koinobori (carp windsock) to add to a giant collaborative art installation! Koinobori are commonly flown above the roofs of kids’ houses on Children’s Day. They symbolize the desire for kids to become brave and strong individuals.

Candy 5 Candy Sculptures

Candy 5, a trained amezaiku artist, will entertain and mesmerize audiences by creating amazing animal-shaped candy for children! Request a flamingo, octopus, unicorn, your favorite cartoon character, or even a lollipop that looks like your cat or dog! Amezaiku is a traditional Japanese candy craft in which an artist shapes multi-colored taffy into incredible edible sculptures.

Kabuto Making Kabuto Making

Make your own wearable samurai kabuto helmet! With endless varieties, samurai helmets often feature family crests and natural elements such as ocean waves, rabbit ears, antlers and dragonflies. Design a family crest and symbols of bravery to adorn your own special kabuto!

Festival Related Food 3D Trick Art

Create the ultimate selfie with our 3D Trick Art photobooth! Fly with koinobori in the sky and more! A popular phenomenon in Japan, trick art is large-scale works of art that seemingly add a third dimension, which the audience can enter and interact with.

Festival Food Festival Food

Healthy Japanese bento box meals, snacks and festival-related refreshments will be available for purchase by . Enjoy treats such as kashiwa-mochi, rice cakes stuffed with bean paste and wrapped in oak leaves that symbolize strength!

This event will be photographed and videotaped.

Family Programs are generously supported by the Nissan Foundation, Delta Air Lines, and Kumon Centers of Manhattan.


Education and Family Programs receive generous support from Chris A. Wachenheim, the United States-Japan Foundation, The Norinchukin Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Additional support is provided by James Read Levy and Hiroko Onoyama.

Images: Candy 5 – Eating (and Drinking) around the World; Kashiwa-mochi photo © Jiangang Wang

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