【Event Report】 Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) Festival

On May 14, 2022, the Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) Festival was held at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington (JCCCW) in person for the first time since 2019.  

Many local Japanese organizations participated, presenting activities such as Japanese folk dancing, taiko drumming, kamishibai (Japanese storytelling), martial arts, games, and more. The event was busy with a constant flow of visitors eager to participate in hands-on activities and enjoy the live performances.  This year’s theme was the concept of Mottainai, or the Japanese practice of using everything to its maximum potential before discarding in order to not be wasteful.   

【Mottainai Craft-making】

【Kamishibai - Lucky Cat Story Telling】

【Taiko Drumming】

【Japanese Folk Dance】


The Consulate and the JCCCW teamed up to introduce furoshiki, which is an eco-friendly answer to wrapping paper and plastic bags. About 80 visitors, including children and their parents, were able to decorate their own furoshiki and learn furoshiki wrapping techniques at the Consulate’s activity table. The Consulate also provided tourist maps and travel guides for those interested in learning more about Japan. 

【Furoshiki Designing】

【Furoshiki Wrapping】

Consul General and Mrs. Inagaki stopped by to join the festivities, tour the festival, greet visitors, and meet the enthusiastic staff and volunteers who made this event possible. 

Visitors were also able to participate in a scavenger hunt, test their chopstick skills, enjoy yo-yo tsuri (Japanese water balloon fishing), and try different arts and crafts projects like making carp streamers, which are popular decorations for Children’s Day.  

【Koinobori (Carp Streamers) Craft】

【Yo-yo Tsuri】

The festival attendees also ate delicious food from Hurry Curry of Tokyo and visited the Hosekibako, the Japanese resale shop. The many smiles on the children’s faces, the fun activities, and the positive energy created by returning to an in-person event made Kodomo no Hi Festival a big success! 

The Kodomo no Hi Festival is hosted every year by the JCCCW, introducing the greater Seattle area to children’s culture in Japan. Thank you to the JCCCW for hosting and welcoming the community to take part in this celebration. 

Event website: https://www.jcccw.org/kodomo-no-hi