Japanese culture, crafts, music, and food!

Live taiko performances from:

San francisco taiko dojo & watsonville taiko!

We showcase traditional Japanese Culture in Santa Cruz, CA

Our Mission:

The purpose of the Japanese Cultural Fair is to provide an opportunity for the community to increase its awareness and understanding of the Japanese community in Santa Cruz County as well as Japanese culture, both traditional and contemporary. We believe that through the arts, craft, and culture of Japan, we can improve mutual understanding among neighbors on the Pacific Rim as well as enrich our community life here in Santa Cruz.



Learn about our 30+ years of history, meet our team, and find out how to get involved!



Want to help us make the festival even better? You can become a contributor to our cause by making a monetary contribution or even shopping with Amazon Smile.

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This project has been made possible in part by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation.