Special Activities

Candy Art by Candy Miyuki

Japanese Candy Art

MIYUKI the Candy Artist

Midwest Trust Center Room 211
11am–2pm, 3pm–5pm, and 6pm–7pm

Miyuki Sugimori is a candy artist and the only female professional who can skillfully shape candy material into flowers and animals by blowing air into it. Ms. Sugimori then finishes the candy by shaping it with her fingers and scissors and colors her creations with edible dye. She has been a favorite at past Japan festivals.

Children's Mikoshi Parade

Children’s Mikoshi Parade

The Saturday Kansas City Japanese School

2:30 pm • Torii Gate in the Midwest Trust Center

A mikoshi is a divine palanquin (also translated as portable Shinto shrine). Shinto followers believe that it serves as the vehicle to transport a deity in Japan while moving between main shrine and temporary shrine during a festival or when moving to a new shrine. Often, the mikoshi resembles a miniature building, with pillars, walls, a roof, a veranda and a railing.

During a matsuri (Japanese festival) involving a mikoshi, people bear the mikoshi on their shoulders by means of two, four (or sometimes, rarely, six) poles. They bring the mikoshi from the shrine, carry it around the neighborhoods that worship at the shrine, and in many cases leave it in a designated area, resting on blocks called uma (horse), for a time before moving it from side to side to “amuse” the deity (kami) inside.

Participating in the parade will be Japanese children carrying the traditional-style festival float and accompanied by taiko performers. Please come to watch and enjoy this traditional Japanese tradition.

The Mikoshi Parade will start at the Torii-gate, proceed around the 1st floor of Midwest Trust Center, then proceed to the courtyard, then stop and turn around in front of Cafeteria (Regnier Center) and come back to the Torii-gate.

Fun with Kamishibai (Japanese Paper Theater)

Danial Roy

12:30–1:30, 1:45–2:45, and 3:30–4:30 pm • MTC 126B

Starting in the 1920s, each Saturday morning would find the children of Japan running to
the local parks to hear the Kamishibaiya tell funny and heroic Kamishibai (Japanese
Paper Theater) stories.

These stories would go on to help in the creation of anime and manga as well as creating the first manga hero Ogon Bat. This kid friendly event will begin each session with stories for children ages 3 and older and will end with a brief informational presentation on the Kamishibai.

With over 20 years of storytelling, playing middle eastern drums and teaching Asian
drumming and Chinese lion dance the Kamishibai seemed like a perfect fit for Danial.
Hidden Ninja Taiko was started in 2022 and Kamishibai was brought under the name so
that there would be more options to share during their performances. Danial will be
returning this year to share the traditions of the Kamishibaiya as well as some fun
stories. If you are interested in telling stories, please feel free to ask him for more

Go and Shoji Game

The Games of Go and Shogi

Steve Woodsmall
The Four Dragons Go Club (Daniel Gentry)

11:00 am–6:00 pm • MTC 216

Come to this workshop to play actual games, see demonstrations and competition games, and hear a brief discussion of the history and rules of “go” and “shogi.”

Learn about the game “go” that inspires laughter and anger, love and obsession; that creates and destroys worlds. Based on three simple rules, it is the game that inspired the world-famous series “Hikaru no Go.”

Steve Woodsmall is an international attorney who lived and worked in Japan for 12 years. He learned to play “go” and “shogi” during that time.

The Four Dragons Go Club is a Kansas City based group of go players who have been spreading the game of “go” together since 2010. Daniel Gentry has played “go” for over 15 years and has achieved a ranking of Shodan. Daniel started playing “go” in 1999 and has taught and promoted “go” at the KC Japan Festival and in the Kansas City area for many years.

Kids at the Cultural Village

Japanese Cultural Village

10:00 am–7:00 pm • Midwest Trust Center

Featured again at this year’s festival is the Japanese Cultural Village operated by the Kansas City Japanese School. All proceeds from sales are used to support the Kansas City Japanese School. Young and old attendees will be entertained with many opportunities to experience the “real” Japan here in Kansas City. No babysitting services will be provided. Adult supervision is required for all children ages 10 and under.


Enjoy shopping for beautiful Japanese handicraft items at the “Village” Bazaar including Japanese toys, books and more.