Event | Special Events Japanese Culture Day

Date and Location

  • When: Saturday, April 9, 2022

    10:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT

  • Where: Thomas Jefferson Building - Great Hall

    10 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20540

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.

Children of all ages, families and teachers can learn about Japanese culture through reading, writing and craft-making with Japanese cultural and linguistic professionals during the Library’s Japanese Culture day. Books related to Japan and Japanese culture will also be on display. Special highlights include a Japanese drum presentation by Miyako Taiko led by Mark Rooney and a karate demonstration by Tsuyoshi Takemori from D.C. Yamato-juku Club.

Drum Presentation: Outside – Neptune Plaza (west side of the Jefferson Building) if weather allows; Coolidge Auditorium in case of rain. Four performances will be presented at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Rooney will also introduce the history of the Miyako Taiko and answer questions.

Karate Demonstration: Mezzanine level of the Great Hall, Jefferson Building. Three demonstrations will be provided at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. Visitors may have opportunities to practice a basic Kata (form).

Other activities include:

  • Display and introduction of Library collections related to cherry blossoms and Japanese culture
  • Hands-on lessons about origami artwork creation
  • Kamishibai (Japanese storytelling)
  • Decorative Koinobori and Japanese woodblock print coloring

Time entry reservations are required at: https://loc.usedirect.com/LOC