Last updated on 7/3/15

Summer Festival - Skip Registration line by pre-registering by July 5th!

What is happening this year?
  • If you pre-register for the Summer Festival, you may skip the registration tent and walk straight in to start enjoying the food and activities!
  • When exchanging cash for coupons to use at the food stalls, we ask that you convert in $5 increments (e.g. $5, $10, $15, $20, etc). We will only be using one color of coupon this year and all coupons represent $1. We are still cash only, so please come prepared.
  • Karaoke: We will have karaoke again this year, from 7-7:30pm. You may sign up in advance or the day of the festival (if there are spots open).
  • The Japanese Language School will be joining us for the first time by hosting their own booth and selling various items (cotton candy, popcorn, water yo-yos, character masks, etc). All profits will benefit the school! Full List and Prices
  • We are still looking for volunteers! If you can help us with set up, sales, or take down, please send an email!

Karaoke Sign Up!

We will have karaoke at the upcoming Natsu Matsuri on Saturday, July 11th, from 7-7:30pm! To sign up, please pick your song(s) from our base song list and email Rocky Iwashima with your name and song choice.

Please note that most of the songs in our database are Japanese. English singers are also welcome, but please note that we have a very limited selection of English songs.

10th Annual Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival)

Matsuri image Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015
Time: 4:30pm - 7:30pm (rain or shine)
      Check in starts at 4pm
Place: NC Japan Center at 705 Barbour Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603
Admission: Free to public, please pre-register
Pre-Register by July 5 to skip the registration line
      Phone: (919) 787-6233 (Iwashima)
      (Name, email, # adults, # children, phone number)
We need volunteers, please submit your contact info online and we will contact you. Thank you!!

English Flyer         Japanese Flyer

Program                 Food Menu
Parking Guide         Layout
JLS Items for Sale and Prices

      You can enjoy Japanese food by purchase, a music show, Martial Arts, Karaoke, kid's games, and taiko performances. Come out with your family, friends, and neighbors to experience Japanese culture!
      Please note that food purchases are cash only! You convert cash to tickets for use at the individual food stalls. If you have leftover tickets, you can convert back to cash.
      Food available: Yakisoba, Kushiyaki, Takoyaki, Curry & Rice, Grilled Corn, Hiyashi Chuka, Snow Cone, drinks, and more.
      Attendance at the festival is around 1000 people so please register your family prior to the event. Volunteers are also welcome, please indicate your interest with your registration.
      The annual Summer Festival is a combination of both Tanabata and Obon. Tanabata is the Star Festival and people write their wishes on strips of fancy paper and display on bamboo trees signaling that summer has finally arrived and that summer vacation is just around the corner. For many Japanese, it would not be summer without Bon-odori (local folk dance) around a drum set.

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