Tampa Natsumatsuri Presented By Florida JETAA Returns June 22

The Florida Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association (Florida JETAA) presents its 14th annual Japanese summer festival, Tampa Natsumatsuri, on Saturday, June 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, located at 821 S. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. Admission is free.

Tampa Natsumatsuri is a non-profit, community-based festival featuring traditional Japanese games, treats, crafts, martial arts demonstrations, music performances and more. Guests are encouraged to cosplay as their favorite anime character, wear a kimono or yukata, or attend in their favorite comfortable clothes and shoes.

Festival games include wanage (ring tossing), shodo (Japanese calligraphy), omikuji (fortune telling), otedaruma (doll making), yoyo sukui (water balloon fishing), omocha sukui (fishing for toys), origami (paper folding), hanetsuki (badminton), daruma otoshi (similar to Jenga), ohajiki (marbles), taketonbo (bamboo toy making) and more.

Tampa Natsumatsuri is organized by Florida JETAA and sponsored in part by the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami. For more information, contact tampakumi@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/tampanatsu/.

Guests browse through Japanese crafts during Tampa Natsumatsuri
Festival goers try on traditional Japanese yukatas and kimonos
Attendees watch a martial arts demonstration during Tampa Natsumatsuri