Arts-Connect Japan

Yo! Matsuri Discovery Japan Festival

Friday, April 6

6–10 p.m.


About This Event

The culmination of the Discovery Series Japan, Yo! Matsuri (Night Festival) celebrates the culture of Japan through entertainment and interactive experiences. Visitors may enjoy music, dance, films, food, artist demonstrations and more.

Highlights include Arizona Taiko legend,Ken Koshio, a screening of photographer Luke Dorsett’s Japanese lowrider documentary and sake tastings.

6:05–7 p.m. HopiToWa, a Japanese and Native American fusion band
7:30–8:30 p.m. Surfing Godzillas, retro Japanese rock of the mid- to late-Showa era, 1960–1980
9–9:30 p.m. Arizona Ondo Kai, Japanese folk dance

6:30–7:30 p.m. East Meets West: Live cooking demonstration with Chef Nobuo Fukuda
8:30–9:30 p.m. Collaborative Taiko Show, community Taiko with some of the best local Taiko groups around the Valley

All evening: Three lowrider cars in conjunction with Luke Dorsett’s lowrider film screening in Stage 2
Calligraphy by Encolor, demonstrating and selling personalized calligraphy
Japanese Friendship Garden information table

Yatai Ramen Food Truck, Sasaki Sushi Bar, plus sake at the bar from Arizona Sake

6:15–6:45 p.m. Japanese tea demonstration
7:15–7:45 p.m. Excerpt of Slow and Low Worldwide (film screening)
8:15–8:45 p.m. A Brief History of Horimono Tattooing: Presented by Josh Carter, a tattoo artist and co-owner of Dame of the West Tattoo in Old Town Scottsdale

Catwalk Lounge:
Three 30-minute sake tastings, led by Arizona’s only Sake brewer of Arizona Sake
Tickets: $15, through the box office at 480-499-TKTS (8587)
Times: 6:15, 7:30, 8:45 p.m.

Young@Art Gallery:
Karaoke room



Ticket Discounts

  • Discovery Series: The 2017-18 Discovery Series offers an authentic exploration of Japan, including performances, talks, films and more.
  • Arts-Connect: Connect with artists beyond the stage! The Center offers a variety of pre- and post-show educational events, all free for ticket holders.

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