August 01, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Japanese Fall Festival Highlights Include Sumo Wrestlers

graphic of japanese sumo wrestler and taiko drummerThe Springfield Sister Cities Association, with support from the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, will host its 16th Japanese Fall Festival Friday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 11 in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., with special performances by a world champion sumo wrestler, an authentic candy artist, taiko drummers and a wide array of other activities and performances.

The three-day festival runs from 5:30 – 10 p.m., Friday night; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday; and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for kids 12 and younger; and toddlers two years of age and under are free.

This year's highlights include:

The festival also hosts daily tea ceremonies in the lakeside tea house, nightly candlelight strolls through the garden, hands-on activities for children, presentations by local performers, authentic Japanese food and regional artisans and merchants. A large tent top market features Japanese souvenirs and apparel for sale, with all proceeds benefiting SSCA and the Japanese Garden.

For a copy of this year's performance schedule, available online Sept. 1, visit

For more information, media contact: Cindy Jobe, Festival Coordinator, 417-891-1191.

Springfield Sister Cities Association (SSCA)
P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801 • (417) 864-1191