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June 6 @ 10:00 am - June 9 @ 3:00 pm$10.00
June 6-9 (Thursday, June 6 is students) Saturday and Sunday shuttles provided from Holiday Inn and Best Western to the festival.
Wakamatsu Farm is a unique historical landmark; the site of the first Japanese Colony in America, the birthplace of the first Japanese-American, and the resting place of the first Japanese woman and immigrant who died and was buried on American soil. The Wakamatsu Colonists arrived on June 8, 1869, and exactly 150 years later we are celebrating with an incredible 4-day festival, the likes of which is unrivaled.
WakamatsuFest150 is a celebration of 150 years of Japanese-American heritage, arts, and cuisine. The festival will feature Japanese and Japanese-American food, art, music, performances, demonstrations, discussions, competitions, and more. Booths will offer Asian and other foods, information, and merchandise. Entertainment will showcase traditional and modern Japanese-American culture. Docents will guide tours and tell stories about the first Japanese colonists who established their tea and silk farm on this Placerville property. Locals, farmers, historians, and naturalists will share knowledge and experience honoring the past, present, and future of Wakamatsu Farm and surrounding El Dorado County. Local, state, national, and international visitors along with distinguished guests will join the historic event.
Only during WakamatsuFest150 can you meet the Consul General of Japan, the descendants of Wakamatsu colonists, and the descendant of Japanese emperors and samurai all together at a landmark first colony site.
Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate the sesquicentennial of these amazing colonists!