Normandale Japanese Garden Festival takes place on September 22

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Japanese Garden Program Schedule

The Normandale Japanese Garden Festival will take place on Saturday, September 22 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The festival will feature traditional food, flute and drum demonstrations, Garden Tours, sword demonstrations, koi feedings, Origami and Ikebani demonstrations, kids activities, Japanese martial arts, boutique shopping and more.

There will also be a two showings of the special documentary Beyond the Barbed Wire: Japanese Americans in Minnesota from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and from 3 to 4 p.m. Bud Nakasone, Veteran, U.S. Army Military Intelligence Service, will be speaking from 1 to 3 p.m., while St. Olaf College Professor Ka Wong will talk about the film from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The festival will also include archery (MN Kyudo Renmei), karate (South Metro Authentic Ancient Arts) and sword (Seiryukan Dojo) demonstrations. Other performances will also include Harisen Daiko drummers (12:15 to 12:45 p.m.), Taikollaborative drums (3:15 to 3:45 p.m.), Sansei-Yonsei Kai Kimono Shows (11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 2:30 to 3 p.m.) and Dance Performances (1 to 1:30 p.m. & 4 to 4:30 p.m.) and Shakuhachi Flute with Leo Hansen (12 to 5 p.m.).

There will also be a Koi Auction by the Midwest Koi Club starting at 11:30 pm., and koi feedings at 12:15 and 3 p.m. Asian Invasion food truck will also be at the event, along with other food options. For more information go to or check the schedule.