Take a moment to look through the local and visiting performers that you'll be able to see at this year’s Tanabata Festival! Below, you’ll find brief descriptions of who they are and additional links to their website or social media pages. Additional performers and daily schedules will be announced and added to this page as more are confirmed!

Master of Ceremonies

Emiko Rasmussen

Emiko has been serving as a bilingual master of ceremonies for the San Diego Japanese community.  As she continues her career at Ashford University, Emiko has been a leader, a mentor, a personal branding workshop facilitator, and co-founder of Women @Work to increase the visibility of women in leadership and promote gender equality. Emiko serves as a board member of San Diego Yokohama Sister City Society and through her podcast “Her Confidence Her Way,” Emiko empowers Japanese women to live a purposeful and meaningful work-life they love with confidence and without limiting themselves. Emiko holds an MA in Organizational Management.  As a working mom of two, she actively involves in her daughters’ school activities.

For more information on Emiko’s work, click here or follow her on Instagram!

Onigiri Demonstration

Known for “Renge Rice,” rich flavored A-rank rice is grown organically by a small family farmer in Osaka, Japan. Pink “Rengesou” flowers (Chinese milk vetch) are fed to an entire rice farm in April to enrich the soil before planting rice in May. Minatomo Japanese Community (MJC) members will demonstrate how to make an onigiri (rice ball) with lots of love to taste the difference of real rice flavor.


12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

Facebook | @minatomo.jp
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San Diego Japanese Hula Club

Our Hula Circle, started in 2017 in the beautiful sea and land of San Diego. Our hula lessons are always so much fun and make time go by quickly. You can enjoy Hula dance any ages and with no prior experience . The movement of the upper body spells the feeling of lyrics by hand motion.


1:00 PM - 1:20 PM

Facebook | @sandiegohula


Genbu Daiko

Founded by Noel Garcia - with over 20 years of taiko performance and teaching experience - Genbu’s goal is to teach and share the art form of taiko in hopes of spreading creativity, expression and passion among themselves and throughout the community.


1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

Facebook | @genbudaiko

Instagram | @genbudaiko

San Diego
Kimono Club

San Diego Kimono club was formed in 2013. The members are all volunteers who love Japanese culture and want to carry on their Japanese heritage. The kimonos are very special garments and some members have worn ones that are over one hundred years old where some kimonos have been passed down from their grandmothers and their mothers.


2:20 PM - 2:50 PM

Facebook | @SDkimonoclub

Kids Bon Odori Lesson

Presented by MJC members and Buddhist Temple of San Diego members. Bon odori kicks off with kids’ anime bon odori time along with a quick lesson.

Click here for a preview of what they will be learning!


3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Facebook | @minatomo.jp
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SD Korean Karate Club


3:40 PM - 4:00 PM

Bon Odori

MJC members, Noriko (from Osaka) and Yuka (from Toyama) have a passion for bon odori (summer folk dance) which have passed down through generations in their hometowns. No experience needed - follow the dancers in elegant kimono with hidden faces covered by the folded hats! Bon Odori kicks off with Toyama’s 300-year-old parade song. 

- Bon Dance Songs
Bon Odori Kickoff Parade (Owara Kaze no Bon)


4:10 PM - 5:00 PM

Facebook | @minatomo.jp
Instagram |

Zumba & Dance

MJC members will bring the joy of Zumba + World Music to the festival! From Zumba to Japanese pop culture to Latin divas, feel the beat and enjoy the movement!  Don’t worry about following the steps and fully immerse yourself in the moment!

Click here for a playlist preview!


5:10 PM - 6:00 PM

Facebook | @minatomo.jp
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