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17th Annual Japan America Kite Festival® 第17回 日米凧あげ大会

  • Sunday, October 20, 2013
  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • North Side of Seal Beach Pier (Seal Beach, CA)
Southern California's Largest Kiting Event!


Sunday, October 20, 2013 10:00am to 5:00pm

North Side of Seal Beach Pier
Seal Beach, CA MAP

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Free Admission!



Come with family and friends to enjoy Japanese and international kites of all sizes and colors! Kite Workshop and games for Children, Japanese food & cultural booths, GIANT Show kites, Taiko drum performance, Martial arts demonstrations, Shamisen, Traditional Japanese folk dancing, Kite Candy Drops for kids, Kite Battles and Stunt Kite demonstrations and much more!

Creator of the newest food sensation, Ramen Burger™, Keizo Shimamoto, is making his appearance at the festival - made possible by Delta Air Lines. Taste the sensation that has captivated the world! He will be serving 500 Ramen Burgers™ starting from 11:00 a.m.

  • Free children's kite workshop - 10am to 2pm (while supplies last).
  • Kids game corner (origami, face/hand painting, carp making, Japanese calligraphy head bands and other games) - 10am to 2pm
  • Introductory lessons on precision sport kite by world champion, Chieko Tagami 
  • Edo Amezaiku (Candy Sculpture Artist) Shawn Ichiyanagi - 11am to 2pm
  • Hourly Raffle - win great prizes including toys from Mattel and gift certificates and products from Seal Beach's local businesses!
Japanese Cultural Entertainment
  • Taiko performances by PROTA
  • Naginata demonstration by Southern California Naginata Federation
  • Tsugaru Shamisen by Naoki Atkins
  • Meet and greet with Japanese samurai action hero Fujiyama Ichiban
  • Traditional Japanese folk dancing by Kotobuki no Kai
As a part of the grand finale, we will have Japanese Bon Odori dancing(traditional Japanese festival dance) at 4:30pm!

Grab an Uchiwa (Japanese fan) which will be provided, wear a Yukata (summer Kimono) or Happi (festival coat) and join the dance!

Checkout our official Facebook page for updates!
Show schedule will be announced next week.

Presented by Japan America Society of Southern California, Up Up and Away Kite Shop and Up Up and Away Kite Club.

2013 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Entertainment Stage Sponsor

Nikkei Women Legacy Association

Official Airline Sponsor


Food Vendors






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