Seattle’s Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington (JCCCW) invites you to a FREE event celebrating Children’s Day.

Komodo no Hi, or Children’s Day, is one of the most popular national holidays in Japan. Its purpose is to rejoice in the health and happiness of children, wishing them luck in the future. Traditional practices commemorating this holiday include flying streamers outside of houses and displaying samurai helmets and dolls as symbols of courage.

On Sunday, May 6, 2012, from 11:00am to 5:00pm, the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington will have a wide variety of children’s activities, including kamishibai (traditional Japanese story-telling), kamizumo (paper sumo) making and matches, paper kendama (traditional Japanese toy) making and competitions, a paper yoroi (samurai helmet and armor) factory, and a manga workshop.

Also featured are displays of traditional boy’s and girl’s dolls, performances of traditional Japanese folk music, and demonstrations of martial arts like karate and judo.

Children’s Day is a fun and exciting introduction to the rich world of children’s culture in Japan. For more information, check out the website at

The Japanese Cultural & Community Center is located at:
1414 S. Weller Street
Seattle, WA 98144


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