Explore Eastern culture at the Japan Festival 2013 with two days of performances, music, martial arts demonstrations, cosplay, games and food. Taiko drummers, classical dancers, JPOP stars and martial arts experts fill multiple stages while vendors, community organizations and food booths circle the Hermann Park reflection pool. The Houston Press has named the free Japan Festival among the city's best festivals because of its vibrant, fun atmosphere and variety of family-friendly activities.
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10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Hermann Park Japanese Garden, 6001 Fannin. For information, call 713-963-0121 or visit japan-fest.info. Free.
Sat., April 13, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., April 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2013