Hatsume Fair 2015 is just around the corner, and we are so excited to celebrate spring with you all! That’s why we’re putting together a new series of Happening at Hatsume blogs, so you’ll be the first to get the inside scoop on what we’re planning. This is part 1, but part 2 and part 3 are available as well!
Maybe some of you are on the fence about whether a weekend pass is right for you – so here are a few reasons you should absolutely get yours today!
10) It’s a Great Deal!
With a weekend pass you can stroll the gardens, and enjoy all of our festival activities, all weekend for half the price of two days at the museum normally. Not only that, but a Hatsume weekend pass gets you into the festival both days for just $17 for adults and $11 for kids. That means your Sunday ticket is just $5! We love a good BOGO, don’t you?
9) Taiko x2
Without a weekend pass you’ll miss out on South Florida’s premiere taiko drumming groups. On Saturday, Ronin Taiko and the Wadaiko Academy open our spring celebrations with their signature brand of crowd-pleasing performances. Then, on Sunday, Fushu Daiko takes the stage to bring down the house with heart pounding rhythm and time-honored tradition. Both of these groups are at the top of their game, and you don’t want to miss a single beat!
8) Martial Arts for Every Taste
Our Osaka stage is brimming with demonstrations from the diverse disciplines of some very talented martial artists. Saturday brings you Aikido, Judo, and Budokai, while Sunday will feature Okinawan Karate, and a fusion of Aikido, Kung Fu and Jiujitsu. Learn about each of these ancient arts and let them show you how it’s done!
7) Two Days Two Catwalks
The highlight of each day at Hatsume is always the catwalk. On Saturday we welcome cosplayers and costume contestants alike to strut their stuff dressed as their favorite characters from anime, manga and beyond. Then, on Sunday, we transform the catwalk into the streets of Harajuku as fashionistas take to the stage in their best lolita, decora and other Japanese Street Fashion-inspired outfits.
P.S. Even if the limelight isn’t your gig, stop by the costume and fashion show registration area under the anime tent where our sponsor Temple University will be giving away a FREE Kindle Fire!
6) Two Days of Foodie Fun at the Culinary Stage
Chef Roy Villacrusis joins us Saturday for a sushi demonstration and a discussion of Wine vs. Sake, and on Sunday for a panel discussion on pairing sake with delicious bites (both Japanese and otherwise). If your mouth is already watering, you’re going to want to check back in on Friday for the next blog in our Happening at Hatsume series where we get down to the details of what Chef Roy has in store!
5) Shop ‘Til You Drop – Then Shop Again
Hatsume is our largest festival and welcomes about 50 vendors whose selection ranges from hand-crafted accessories, to tea and spices, and bonsai trees. Hatsume Marketplace is also home to an assortment of anime dealers and artists offering original prints, plushies, and more. Of course, no Hatsume Fair would be complete without the Museum Store’s annual Sweet Shop! Swing by the lobby and stock up on all your favorite sweets like pocky, mochi ice cream and ramune. With a weekend pass you can peruse at your leisure and be sure you’ve stopped at every last booth.
4) A Full Weekend for the Kids
Weekend passes for the kids means two full days of fun for the whole family! Kids will enjoy taking in the sights and sounds of Roji-en: Garden of the Drops of Dew, playing Japanese festival games, making educational crafts, and exploring the Yamato-kan’s Japan Through the Eyes of a Child exhibit. We’ll also have face painters on site all weekend, and the little ones won’t want to miss out on the interactive just-for-kids’ taiko show at 11:30am, led by Ronin Taiko (Saturday) and Fushu Daiko (Sunday). Plus, kids love us!
3) Meet and Greet with All Your Favorite Characters
South Florida is a hub for talented cosplayers, and we’ve got some of the best joining us at our meet and greet station on Haru Hill. Stop by Saturday and Sunday to see who’s here (we won’t ruin the surprise, but don’t expect to see the same characters twice!) Don’t forget to snap a photo in one of our anime faux-to ops, and learn a little about anime while you’re there!
2) Gotta Try ‘Em All
Our ever-popular sake station will feature a new flavor this year – Dewatsuru’s Sakura Emaki. This cherry blossom colored sake is derived from an ancient purple rice strain that gives the sake its blush pink color, making it the perfect sake for our spring celebration. The sake station will also feature some fan favorites, and a few flavors from the Tozai and Konteki breweries. Also, for the first time ever, we’ll be offering Japanese craft beer at the Beer Garden. With so many delicious drink options, you’ll need a weekend pass to try them all.
P.S. Check back soon for our beer and sake installment of the Happening at Hatsume blog series for details and a little secret about a very special guest!
1) Weekend Passes are Online Only!
The biggest reason to get your weekend pass today is they’re only available online, in advance! If you want to take advantage of everything Hatsume Fair has to offer you’ll need to get a weekend pass before they’re gone on April 17th. We know….you’re excited – so are we!