August 06, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Japanese Fall Festival Returns to Stroll Garden

The Springfield Sister Cities Association, with support from the Springfield–Greene County Park Board, hosts the 17th Japanese Fall Festival Friday, Sept. 7, through Sunday, Sept. 9, in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave.

This year's festival includes special Shi-Shi-Mai (Lion Dance) performances, a professional Japanese storyteller, the Osuwa Taiko Drummers, Japanese top spinning, martial arts, a kimono fashion show 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 $7/adult; $5/kids 3-12; toddlers age 2 and younger are free. Weekend passes may be purchased at the gate for $10/adult; $7/kids.

This year's highlights include:

The festival also hosts daily tea ceremonies in the lakeside tea house, nightly candlelight strolls through the garden, 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 Sept. 1, visit

For media inquiries, call Cindy Jobe, Festival Coordinator, 417-864-1341, or Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2176 or 417-224-5510.

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