August 31, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Japanese Fall Festival Sept. 7-9

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 from the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York, Kuniko the Japanese storyteller, the Osuwa Taiko Drummers, Hiroshi Tada's traditional Japanese top spinning, a kimono fashion show, music, martial arts and other performances. The festival also hosts daily tea ceremonies in the lakeside tea house, nightly candlelight strolls through the garden, kids' crafts and activities, authentic Japanese food, regional artisans and merchants. A large tent-top market features Japanese souvenirs and apparel for sale, with all proceeds benefiting Springfield Sister Cities Association and the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden.

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.

The schedule of events includes:

Thursday and Friday, Sept. 6-7
Friday, Sept. 7
Saturday, Sept. 8
Sunday, Sept. 9

For more information, 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.