2013 / 17th Annual Japan America Kite Festival, Oct. 20

Japan America Kite FestivalExpecting more than 12,000 visitors, the 17th annual Japan America Kite Festival will take place on the beach at the Seal Beach Pier in Seal Beach on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Japan America Kite Festival is the largest single-day kiting event in the U.S. and the largest Japanese-themed kiting event outside of Japan.

Admission to the festival is free.  


Japanese Kite Master Mikio Toki will visit from his hometown, Chiba, Japan, to fly and display and fly his traditional edo-dako, traditional Tokyo-style kites constructed with washi paper and thin bamboo sticks. Toki also will help with the festival’s free children’s kite workshop in which every child can build and fly a small kite.

“Ramen Burger” tasting: Creator of the newest food sensation, Ramen Burger, Keizo Shimamoto, will serving 500 Ramen Burger starting from 11:00 am.

Free children’s kite workshop – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (while supplies last)

Kids game corner (origami, face/hand painting, carp making, Japanese calligraphy head bands and other games) – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Introductory lessons on precision sport kite by world champion, Chieko Tagami 

Edo Amezaiku (Candy Sculpture Artist) Shawn Ichiyanagi – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Hourly Raffle – win great prizes including toys from Mattel and gift certificates and products from Seal Beach’s local businesses.

Japanese Cultural Entertainment

Taiko performances by PROTA

Naginata demonstration by Southern California Naginata Federation

Tsugaru Shamisen by Naoki Atkins

Meet and greet with Japanese samurai action hero Fujiyama Ichiban

Traditional Japanese folk dancing by Kotobuki no Kai

As a part of the grand finale, we will have Japanese Bon Odoridancing(traditional Japanese festival dance) at 4:30pm.  Grab an Uchiwa (Japanese fan) which will be provided, wear a Yukata (summer Kimono) or Happi (festival coat) and join the dance.

Checkout the  official Facebook page for updates. Show schedule will be announced on JAS website.

Presented by Japan America Society of Southern California, Up Up and Away Kite Shop and Up Up and Away Kite Club.