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Japanese Language Festival 2021

  • Saturday, March 06, 2021
  • 2:45 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Online - links will be sent out prior to event


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Join us for an afternoon of Japanese language learning, trivia and fun in celebration of Japanese language education in Washington State. Fun activities include a special ramen eating "course" and breakout rooms where people can talk about Japan. Don't miss it! 

In partnership with The Hyogo Business and Cultural Center, we will present the finalists  of the 38th Annual Washington State Japanese Speech and Skit Contest and announce winners! .

Click HERE for more information about submission rules and deadlines for the 38th Annual Washington State Japanese Speech and Skit Contest.

Date: Saturday, March 6

Time: 2:45 PM - 4:30 PM PST

Application: Zoom*

Registration required

Registration fee: Free!



2:45 pm:


3:00 pm:

Opening Remarks

Japanese Skit and Skit Contest Results

Kahoot Trivia Quiz

Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) Program Report 

Closing remarks from Consul General Inagaki

Entertainment: Rakugo de Ramen by Yanagiya Tozabura III

Fun Fun Breakout room: Let's talk about Japan!!!

4:30 pm

Event ends


Yanagiya Tozaburo III "ZABU"

Born and raised in Tokyo, Yanagiya Tozaburo became a disciple of master Rakugo performer Yanagiya Gontaro III in 1999 after dropping out of a prestigious private university. He was promoted to the master Shin’uchi rank, in which he himself is certified to train disciples, in 2014. Ever since, he has performed all over Japan and appeared in the Shoten Rakugo show and other television programs.

Tozaburo excels in the classic Rakugo stories such as Ikuyomochi, a love tale set in Edo Period, Meguro no Sanma, comedy about Shogun’s misunderstanding and Toki Soba, depicting a silly man trying to cheat a soba noodle vendor. He is ambitious in expanding his horizons by adapting Rakugo stories into stage plays and vice versa. He created a Rakugo version of “The Darling” by Anton Chekhov in 2010 in celebration of Chekhov’s 150th anniversary. Currently, Tozaburo is completing his first novel about his late father, Rakugo and theater.

He was awarded the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ Arts Festival Newcomer Award in 2016.

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