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Japanese Festival of Houston is one of the largest Japanese festivals in the USA. It's held every spring, attracting nearly 30,000 visitors during one weekend. The festival's theme changes from year to year, but the idea still remains the same — to promote Japanese culture and educate the citizens of Houston on Japan. The Japan Festival takes place in Hermann Park, not far from the Japanese Garden near downtown Houston.
The festival was inaugurated in 1993. In 2009, it was called the "Best Festival" by the Houston Press.
Japan Festival Houston features traditional and contemporary performances of Japanese theater. There is a lot of music, dance, martial arts, and Japanese food. Demonstrations and displays of Ikebana, tea ceremony, origami, and bonsai are especially popular activities of interest among visitors.