The Hatsume Festival: Drums, Anime and Japanese Gardens

Some of us will be drinking green beers and kissing people because they’re Irish this weekend in honor of Ireland’s Patron Saint Patrick.  But in Delray Beach from March 17-18, fans of anime, martial arts and other unique Japanese cultural institutions will flock to the Hatsume Festival to celebrate the first budding of spring.

The Morikame Museum and Japanese Gardens kicks off their largest event of the year just in time for the first flowers to sprout and that fresh spring air to kick in.

Its 33rd annual festival features four stages highlighting unique and distinctively Japanese concepts.  The first stage, and the largest, the Tokyo Stage provides taiko performance from Florida’s leading taiko drumming groups: Ronin Taiko and Fushi Daiko.  Ronin plays on Saturday, while Fushi keeps the beat going on Sunday.

The Osaka Stage kicks things into full gear with live martial art performances from local dojos disciplined in ancient styles.  Along with wood shattering punches and kicks, the stage will feature modern Japanese dance by Florida International University’s Japanese Dance Club, also classes on how to make Saki and eating Sushi the right way will be some focal points that can’t be missed.

Do Hello Kitty, Naruto and Dragon Ball Z tickle your fancy?  Then be sure to check out the Pikachu stage, with talks by anime experts on subjects like how to travel to Japan and zany snacks.  The real highlight on this stage is the anime costume contest on Saturday and a cosplay contest on Sunday to end things on a Manga bang.

You better be ready to dance at the fourth and final stage.  DJ HeavyGrinder will be bumping pulsating electro, dubstep and bass music on the Sakura Stage all weekend.  The L.A. based DJ will make her debut at the Hatsume Festival, she has made a buzz on the West Coast and now she brings her talents to South Florida.   HeavyGrinder has performed at Coachella and Electric Daisy Carnival to name a few.

Along with events on the four stages, vendors are set up all over the garden offering Asian foods, a Kirin Beer Garden and Saki and Tea tasting stations.

For more information you can visit the event website.

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Source: PB Pulse