Events

Discover and attend our educational presentations and connect with us at festivals and other events!

Embark on a journey of learning by discovering and attending our wide array of enriching educational presentations on the topic of kimono. Whether you’ve never worn kimono before, are just beginning to explore this beautiful Japanese fashion, or have years of experience, our offerings cater to enthusiasts at every stage of their kimono-wearing journey.

Matsuri are Japanese festivals that serve as vibrant gatherings where the local community comes together to celebrate traditions, savor delicious foods, and enjoy lively performances. Immerse yourself in Japanese culture and join us while adorned in kimono, fostering connections and creating lasting memories.

Events

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn, connect, and grow with us! Check out the schedule below so you don’t miss the next event or presentation!

If you are looking for opportunities to shop in person, then please check out our Pop-up Shops schedule! Additionally, all of our confirmed events, pop-up shops, presentations, etc., also appear on our Calendar.

2024

An educational presentation on the topic of kimono.
Kimono (着物) is the traditional clothing of Japan, and this presentation focuses on yukata (浴衣), a type of casual unlined kimono typically worn year-round while staying at traditional Japanese inns, visiting hot springs, around the home, or in the summertime to festivals. It is a simple way to experience wearing kimono. This informative overview will cover yukata basics, including dressing differences for men and women, what is worn underneath, kimono accessories, tools to help you get dressed, seasonality and Time-Place-Occasion summary, and important measurements for purchasing and wearing kimono. There will be a discussion about the differences between the layers worn with kimono versus yukata, followed by a Q&A session and, if time allows, a dressing demonstration of how to wear yukata and tie an obi (帯), which will enable you to view the act and art of dressing in kimono, known as kitsuke (着付け).
Organized and hosted by AVIVA Glendale (5020 Ryan Rd, Toledo OH), 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. For residents and families of AVIVA Glendale only. [MORE INFO]

An adult educational presentation on the topic of kimono.

From using a tasuki to tie back your sleeves to using a himo to tie up your partner, this presentation explores the many tying skills required for kitsuke (the act and art of wearing kimono), various accessories used to keep yourself bound in this beautiful fashion, and discover the more naughty ways you can use this fashion’s accessories for some bondage amusement.

Organized by Indy Rope Expo. Hosted at SubSpace Indy (Indianapolis IN), 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Event Ticket Required.

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Hinamatsuri is a festival also known as Doll Festival or Girl’s Day. This wonderful event features several cultural displays, performances, demonstrations, and even workshops!

Organized by the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit, Japan Business Society of Detroit, and Japan Cultural Development. Hosted at Detroit Institute of Arts (5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit MI), 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Festival is free with general admission. General admission is $21.50 for non-members, free for museum members and residents of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.

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A fun night of celebrating cultures from around the world as the University of Findlay international students share where they call home. There will be booths, music, performances, and food samples all available for free! There will also be merch, a silent auction, and a raffle for a multicultural prize. There will also be a demonstration by Japanese artist in residence, Hiroshige Kato.

Organized by the University of Findlay Buford Center for Diversity and Service. Hosted at Winebrenner Theological Seminary (950 N Main St, Findlay OH), 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Admission is free.

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This cherry blossom festival celebrates Japanese culture and customs and features taiko performances, martial arts demonstrations, tap dance, bon-odori, origami, games, calligraphy, ikebana, tea ceremony with tea tasting, Japanese refreshments including sushi, and more!

Organized by the BGSU Japanese Club and the Asian Studies Program. Hosted at Bowling Green State University (Lehard Grand Ballroom, Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Bowling Green OH), 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Free Admission.

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This cherry blossom festival celebrates Japanese culture and customs. Enjoy the blooming of the nine cherry trees in the Japanese Garden while being entertained by live music, games, and activities.

Organized by the Lima Sister Cities Association. Hosted at LSCA Japanese Garden (202 W Eureka St, Lima OH), 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Free Admission.

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This Japanese Culture Festival will feature activity booths (kendama, calligraphy, fishing, tossing game, photo booth, origami, etc.), performances (Japanese music, taiko drums, light show, dances, etc.), and Japanese food! This year’s theme is City Pop!

Organized by the Japan Student Association. Hosted at University of Michigan (Mason Hall Posting Wall, 419 S State St, Ann Arbor MI), 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Free Admission.

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Join guest speaker Linh Song from the Ann Arbor City Council for some fun games and food provided by local Ann Arbor restaurants. 

Sponsored by the Neutral Zone and Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission. Hosted at Skyline High School (Auditorium and Commons, 2552 N Maple Rd, Ann Arbor MI), 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Free Admission.

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An educational presentation on the topic of kimono.

Kimono (着物) is the traditional clothing of Japan, and this presentation focuses on yukata (浴衣), a type of casual unlined kimono typically worn year-round while staying at traditional Japanese inns, visiting hot springs, around the home, or in the summertime to festivals. It is a simple way to experience wearing kimono. This informative overview will cover yukata basics, including dressing differences for men and women, what is worn underneath, kimono accessories, tools to help you get dressed, seasonality and Time-Place-Occasion summary, and important measurements for purchasing and wearing kimono. There will be a discussion about the differences between the layers worn with kimono versus yukata, followed by a Q&A session and, if time allows, a dressing demonstration of how to wear yukata and tie an obi (帯), which will enable you to view the act and art of dressing in kimono, known as kitsuke (着付け).

Organized by the Toledo-Lucas County Library. Hosted at the Toledo Heights Branch (423 Shasta Dr, Toledo OH), 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Free Admission.

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An educational presentation on the topic of kimono.
Kimono (着物) is the traditional clothing of Japan, and this presentation focuses on yukata (浴衣), a type of casual unlined kimono typically worn year-round while staying at traditional Japanese inns, visiting hot springs, around the home, or in the summertime to festivals. It is a simple way to experience wearing kimono. This informative overview will cover yukata basics, including dressing differences for men and women, what is worn underneath, kimono accessories, tools to help you get dressed, seasonality and Time-Place-Occasion summary, and important measurements for purchasing and wearing kimono. There will be a discussion about the differences between the layers worn with kimono versus yukata, followed by a Q&A session and, if time allows, a dressing demonstration of how to wear yukata and tie an obi (帯), which will enable you to view the act and art of dressing in kimono, known as kitsuke (着付け).
Organized by the Toledo-Lucas County Library. Hosted at the Reynolds Corners Branch (4833 Dorr St, Toledo OH), 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Free Admission. [MORE INFO]
An educational presentation on the topic of kimono.
Kimono (着物) is the traditional clothing of Japan, and this presentation focuses on yukata (浴衣), a type of casual unlined kimono typically worn year-round while staying at traditional Japanese inns, visiting hot springs, around the home, or in the summertime to festivals. It is a simple way to experience wearing kimono. This informative overview will cover yukata basics, including dressing differences for men and women, what is worn underneath, kimono accessories, tools to help you get dressed, seasonality and Time-Place-Occasion summary, and important measurements for purchasing and wearing kimono. There will be a discussion about the differences between the layers worn with kimono versus yukata, followed by a Q&A session and, if time allows, a dressing demonstration of how to wear yukata and tie an obi (帯), which will enable you to view the act and art of dressing in kimono, known as kitsuke (着付け).
Organized by the Toledo-Lucas County Library. Hosted at the Lagrange Branch (3422 Lagrange St, Toledo OH), 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Free Admission. [MORE INFO]
An educational presentation on the topic of kimono.
Kimono (着物) is the traditional clothing of Japan, and this presentation focuses on yukata (浴衣), a type of casual unlined kimono typically worn year-round while staying at traditional Japanese inns, visiting hot springs, around the home, or in the summertime to festivals. It is a simple way to experience wearing kimono. This informative overview will cover yukata basics, including dressing differences for men and women, what is worn underneath, kimono accessories, tools to help you get dressed, seasonality and Time-Place-Occasion summary, and important measurements for purchasing and wearing kimono. There will be a discussion about the differences between the layers worn with kimono versus yukata, followed by a Q&A session and, if time allows, a dressing demonstration of how to wear yukata and tie an obi (帯), which will enable you to view the act and art of dressing in kimono, known as kitsuke (着付け).
Organized by the Toledo-Lucas County Library. Hosted at the Oregon Branch (3340 Dustin Rd, Oregon OH. Free Admission. [MORE INFO]
An educational presentation on the topic of kimono.
Kimono (着物) is the traditional clothing of Japan, and this presentation focuses on yukata (浴衣), a type of casual unlined kimono typically worn year-round while staying at traditional Japanese inns, visiting hot springs, around the home, or in the summertime to festivals. It is a simple way to experience wearing kimono. This informative overview will cover yukata basics, including dressing differences for men and women, what is worn underneath, kimono accessories, tools to help you get dressed, seasonality and Time-Place-Occasion summary, and important measurements for purchasing and wearing kimono. There will be a discussion about the differences between the layers worn with kimono versus yukata, followed by a Q&A session and, if time allows, a dressing demonstration of how to wear yukata and tie an obi (帯), which will enable you to view the act and art of dressing in kimono, known as kitsuke (着付け).
Organized by the Toledo-Lucas County Library. Hosted at the Main Branch (325 N Michigan St, Toledo OH), 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Free Admission. [MORE INFO]
An educational presentation on the topic of kimono.
Kimono (着物) is the traditional clothing of Japan, and this presentation focuses on yukata (浴衣), a type of casual unlined kimono typically worn year-round while staying at traditional Japanese inns, visiting hot springs, around the home, or in the summertime to festivals. It is a simple way to experience wearing kimono. This informative overview will cover yukata basics, including dressing differences for men and women, what is worn underneath, kimono accessories, tools to help you get dressed, seasonality and Time-Place-Occasion summary, and important measurements for purchasing and wearing kimono. There will be a discussion about the differences between the layers worn with kimono versus yukata, followed by a Q&A session and, if time allows, a dressing demonstration of how to wear yukata and tie an obi (帯), which will enable you to view the act and art of dressing in kimono, known as kitsuke (着付け).
Organized by the Toledo-Lucas County Library. Hosted at the South Branch (1736 Broadway St, Toledo OH), 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Free Admission. [MORE INFO]
An educational presentation on the topic of kimono.
Kimono (着物) is the traditional clothing of Japan, and this presentation focuses on yukata (浴衣), a type of casual unlined kimono typically worn year-round while staying at traditional Japanese inns, visiting hot springs, around the home, or in the summertime to festivals. It is a simple way to experience wearing kimono. This informative overview will cover yukata basics, including dressing differences for men and women, what is worn underneath, kimono accessories, tools to help you get dressed, seasonality and Time-Place-Occasion summary, and important measurements for purchasing and wearing kimono. There will be a discussion about the differences between the layers worn with kimono versus yukata, followed by a Q&A session and, if time allows, a dressing demonstration of how to wear yukata and tie an obi (帯), which will enable you to view the act and art of dressing in kimono, known as kitsuke (着付け).
Organized by the Toledo-Lucas County Library. Hosted at the Maumee Branch (501 River Rd, Maumee OH), 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Free Admission. [MORE INFO]
An educational presentation on the topic of kimono.
Kimono (着物) is the traditional clothing of Japan, and this presentation focuses on yukata (浴衣), a type of casual unlined kimono typically worn year-round while staying at traditional Japanese inns, visiting hot springs, around the home, or in the summertime to festivals. It is a simple way to experience wearing kimono. This informative overview will cover yukata basics, including dressing differences for men and women, what is worn underneath, kimono accessories, tools to help you get dressed, seasonality and Time-Place-Occasion summary, and important measurements for purchasing and wearing kimono. There will be a discussion about the differences between the layers worn with kimono versus yukata, followed by a Q&A session and, if time allows, a dressing demonstration of how to wear yukata and tie an obi (帯), which will enable you to view the act and art of dressing in kimono, known as kitsuke (着付け).
Organized by the Toledo-Lucas County Library. Hosted at the West Toledo Branch (1320 W Sylvania Ave, Toledo OH), 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Free Admission. [MORE INFO]

An educational presentation on the topic of kimono.

Kimono (着物) is the traditional clothing of Japan, and this presentation focuses on yukata (浴衣), a type of casual unlined kimono typically worn year-round while staying at traditional Japanese inns, visiting hot springs, around the home, or in the summertime to festivals. It is a simple way to experience wearing kimono. This informative overview will cover yukata basics, including dressing differences for men and women, what is worn underneath, kimono accessories, tools to help you get dressed, seasonality and Time-Place-Occasion summary, and important measurements for purchasing and wearing kimono. There will be a discussion about the differences between the layers worn with kimono versus yukata, followed by a Q&A session and, if time allows, a dressing demonstration of how to wear yukata and tie an obi (帯), which will enable you to view the act and art of dressing in kimono, known as kitsuke (着付け).

Organized by the Toledo-Lucas County Library. Hosted at the Waterville Branch (800 Michigan Ave, Waterville OH), 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Free Admission.

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The festival aims to promote and celebrate the diverse cultures and heritage of the Asian community in Columbus, Ohio. The event will feature cultural performances, demonstrations, Asian cuisine vendors, a marketplace, and a variety of activities suitable for all ages! Hosted at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (1777 E Broad St, Columbus OH), Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Free admission and open to the public. [MORE INFO]

This festival features music, fashion, and food! The entertainment: pro wrestling, muay Thai, boxing clinic, volleyball tournaments, vendor booths, food-eating contests, and more! The music: Linda Trang Dai, SonsofNOtwon, Heartbreaka, and more! The food: a variety of delicious options that will satisfy any craving.

Hosted at Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk (44175 W 12 Mile Rd, Novi MI), Friday 04:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM and Sunday 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Admission BLAH. Veterans, Active Duty Military, Children under 10, and Elders over 70 are free all weekend.

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This annual student-led celebration showcases various local food vendors, performers, and organizations. Spectators will be able to watch performances in the amphitheater, tour booths run by other student organizations and local businesses, enjoy a diverse collection of delicacies, and participate in cultural activities such as henna or letter exchanging.

In liaison with the Novi Public Library and City of Novi Parks and Recreation and led by students at Dear Asian Youth Novi (DAYN). Hosted at Fuerst Park (45325 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi MI), 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free and open for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy.

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An educational presentation on the topic of kimono.
Kimono (着物) is the traditional clothing of Japan, and this presentation focuses on yukata (浴衣), a type of casual unlined kimono typically worn year-round while staying at traditional Japanese inns, visiting hot springs, around the home, or in the summertime to festivals. It is a simple way to experience wearing kimono. This informative overview will cover yukata basics, including dressing differences for men and women, what is worn underneath, kimono accessories, tools to help you get dressed, seasonality and Time-Place-Occasion summary, and important measurements for purchasing and wearing kimono. There will be a discussion about the differences between the layers worn with kimono versus yukata, followed by a Q&A session and, if time allows, a dressing demonstration of how to wear yukata and tie an obi (帯), which will enable you to view the act and art of dressing in kimono, known as kitsuke (着付け).
In partnership with the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum and the Japan Outreach Initiative. Hosted at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library (206 Broadway St, Findlay OH), 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Free Admission. [MORE INFO]

This matsuri (festival) celebrates Tanabata (Japanese Star Festival). Write your wishes on tanzaku (colorful strips of paper) and hang them on the bamboo tree, learn more about Japanese calligraphy, toys, and more!

In partnership with the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum and the Japan Outreach Initiative. Hosted at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library (206 Broadway St, Findlay OH), 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Free Admission.

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An educational presentation on the topic of kimono.

Are you not really sure how to wear a kimono? Have you been swooning over a particularly beautiful one but wonder if it will fit? Do you just want the alluring sleeves but do not want to take the time to learn to wear a kimono traditionally? This presentation discusses where to start and what to consider when exploring kimono fashion, including traditional kitsuke and fusion fashion. Let’s learn how to transform yourself through the exploration of kimono fashion with Traeonna, The Kimono Kitsune!

Organized by Otaku Detroit and hosted at Sheraton Detroit Novi (21111 Haggerty Rd, Novi MI), 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM. Badge Required.

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Come as you are this summer—or wear your favorite festive clothing, like a Japanese yukata kimono or happi jacket—and join the spirited energy of taiko drumming leading into a presentation of festive Bon Odori songs during which the performers will provide the audience with brief instructions and encourage them to join the dances. The Japanese Garden will be open throughout the festival for exploration and informal tours, including a musical interlude between activities in the open meadow.

Organized by Great Lakes Taiko Center. Hosted at Cranbrook Japanese Garden (550 Lone Pine Rd, Bloomfield Hills MI), 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM. Free Admission. Advanced Registration Required.

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Annual matsuri (festival) will feature stage performances (taiko, koto, etc.), demonstrations (bonsai, ikebana, origami, etc.), tea ceremony ($10/ticket), children’s games, refreshments, and so much more!

Hosted at Japanese Cultural Center, Tea House, and Gardens (527 Ezra Rust Dr, Saginaw MI), 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Free Admission.

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This indoor event will feature performances (taiko, kendo, koto, nihon-buyou, Japanese songs & dance), cultural workshops (tea ceremony, origami, calligraphy), and other attractions (traditional games, children’s activities, Japanese foods).

Organized by Japan Business Society of Detroit and Japan Society of Detroit’s Women’s Club. Hosted at Novi High School (24062 Taft Rd, Novi MI), 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Free Admission.

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This banquet features Asian food, presentations, and performances. This event will raise funds for crucial initiatives such as internship stipends, community projects, and other operating expenses for MotivAsians for Cleveland, a non-profit organization with a mission to retain and help develop Asian professionals and allies, fostering a diverse and thriving community.

Organized by MotivAsians for Cleveland. Hosted at John Carroll University (1 John Carroll Blvd, University Heights OH), TBA to TBA. Ticket information to come.

As a Jade sponsor, Kimono Kitsune will be providing an educational presentation on kimono and have a kimono item in the auction.

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2025

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