You may be wondering, just what exactly is Kodomo Corner? The word kodomo in Japanese means ‘child’ or ‘children.’ Therefore, you can think of it as “Kids Corner.” A brand new addition to Sakura Sunday this year, Kodomo Corner is an area that will feature a variety of activities and showcases geared towards families and our younger attendees. It will even contain its own distinct stage entirely separate from the main, as well as a picnic area with food vendors Hai Street Kitchen and Zuzu Confectionery.
Kodomo Corner Features
Kodomo Corner will host a variety of activities that will be taking place all day. These include:
- Face Painting and Fortune-telling, courtesy of the Japanese Association of Greater Philadelphia
- Singing, Book Reading, and Goldfish Scooping, courtesy of the Japanese Language School of Philadelphia
- Kite Making, courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Sand Art, courtesy of It’s a Print Shop
Furthermore, KYW Newsradio Kidcasts will be making an appearance from 10 am to 2 pm. Parents, guardians, and other adults will be able to decompress with a Shiatsu massage from 12 pm to 3:30 pm, courtesy of the International School of Shiatsu.
Kodomo Corner Stage
Demonstrations and performances taking place at the Kodomo Corner stage will kick off at 9:45 am with a welcome by MC and Comedian Kaori Takamura. The schedule consists of:
- Martial Arts Demo (River of Life)
- Koryu-style Kendo & Iaido (Meishin Muso Ryu)
- Ninjutsu and Japanese Jujutsu (Seishin Warrior Center)
- Doshinkan Aikido Demo (Aikido Association of North America)
- Shotokan Karate Demo (Temple University Karate Club)
- Japanese Language School Choir (Japanese Language School of Philadelphia)
- Kaori Takamura (MC and Comedian)
- IchiFuji Kai (Audience Performance Workshop)
- Japanese Chorus (Japanese Association of Greater Philadelphia)
MC and Comedian Kaori Takamura will also close programming at 4:15 pm. Here’s a little taste of what to expect from Ms. Takamura:
How do I get to Kodomo Corner?
Just go straight up Imagination Lane and take a right down Fun Street….just kidding. To locate Kodomo Corner, just look for balloon columns past the entrance of the Horticulture Center. You can’t miss it. Download the festival map and schedule or see the full Sakura Sunday schedule online.