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.
FOUNTAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT:
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
VIRGINIA G PIPER THEATER:
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
OTHER OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES:
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
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.