Events & Activities


Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaiki

Mr. Goktan Kocyildirim, Turkey & Ms. Ghada Alhothali, Saudi Arabia
Guest of Department of State

Greetings from Eiga sensei at the  2015 World Kendo Championship in Tokyo

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
Hiroshi H. Miyamura

M. Inoue sensei 
National Living Treasure - Japan

    Sasebo Japanese Garden
           at Albuquerque Rio Grande Botanic Garden
                                                                 Japanese Garden Guided Tours,
                                                                                                                               10 AM & 11 AM weekly.
                                                                                          For more information visit      




Origami Crane Workshop
Saturday January 25th
10 - 12
Bushido Kenkyukai Dojo

Santa Fe JIN
Saturday, May 11
Santa Fe Community Convention Center
9:30 AM - 5 PM
Admission: $5.00    12 and under FREE

Davis Kansuke Wheeler
Kinko Style
Shakuhachi Master

Anime & Japanese Pop Culture
May 10-11

Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North


Yokai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan

December 8, 2019 - December 8, 2020

Vivid in Japanese art and imagination are creatures that are at once ghastly and comical. Yokai generally refers to demons, ghosts, shapeshifters, and “strange” and supernatural beings. Specific creatures are commonly associated with classical literature, folklore, theatrical performances, festivals, art, and other forms of expressive culture. Yokai are also prevalent in contemporary Japanese popular culture; you find them in manga (comics), anime (animation), and character-based games such as Pokémon (“pocket monster”).

Kumamon Visit

Feb. 11 - 15

 On February 11-15th, KUMANON will visit the state of Colorado. 

     During his visit, with a focus on promoting grassroots-level economic exchange, KUMAMON will attend events in Denver that aim to strengthen relations between Japan and Colorado. KUMAMON is also scheduled to visit the cities of Colorado Springs and Lafayette to promote exchanges toward the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and 2019 Rugby World Cup.
     Through KUMAMON’s visit to Colorado, we hope to promote exchanges across a wide range of fields such as further facilitating economic exchange, increasing in the number of tourists between Japan and Colorado, broadening the base for promoting awareness and understanding about Japan among a wider audience, and further developing sister city and human exchanges.


BK Taiko is supporting the professional Taiko group TAIKOPROJECT on their New Mexico tour! 

 We are also hosting two workshops with them!

Workshops are Saturday, September 30th: 
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Omiyage
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Percussion

Click here for more details...

“Suspended Moment” Sculpture Installation

Join us on the anniversary of the world’s first atomic test to experience Suspended Moment, a sculpture installation and Butoh dance and poetry performance by Los Alamos native Allison Cobb and Hiroshima native Yukiyo Kawano, with Butoh choreography/dance by Meshi Chavez, soundscape by Lisa DeGrace, and video projections by Stephen A. Miller.

At the center of the performance is a life-sized sculpture of the bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945, created by the artist Yukiyo Kawano. Yuki was born and raised in Hiroshima, a third-generation atomic bomb survivor. She creates her sculptures from WWII-era kimonos that belonged to her grandmother, and sews them together with her hair, melding the DNA of generations of atomic bomb survivors.

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The Embassy of Japan is proud to present a fabulous lineup through the Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC) during the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Festival, which commemorates the gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington, DC, is an annual celebration to honor the lasting friendship between Japan and the United States.

In 1912, the Mayor of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki, gifted 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, DC as a symbol of the friendship between the two nations. Ms. Eliza Scidmore, the author of a travel journal who was deeply impressed by the beauty of the cherry blossoms at Mukoujima in Tokyo, had campaigned for years to have them brought to DC. Along with Dr. Joukichi Takamine, famous for his work on adrenaline and the enzyme taka-diastase and a long-time friend of America, she urged First Lady Helen Taft to have the trees planted along the Potomac. Now every year the public parks along the banks of the Potomac River in Washington are covered in gorgeous blooming trees, delighting the public who come to see them.

The first festival commemorating the gift from Japan and the friendship it represented was held in 1927. Now it has grown into the largest such celebration in America, welcoming more than 1.5 million visitors each year. The Opening Ceremony in particular, with its captivating performances from artists representing both Japan and the US, enjoys a high degree of popularity both locally and abroad in Japan. The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival also draw packed crowds.

Kodo at the Lensic

Thursday, March 23, 2017
06:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco Street, Santa Fe

Kodo is probably the most known of the Japanese international touring taiko groups. They train on Sado Island and promote traditional arts, agriculture, crafts, and music. Though steeped in traditional foundations, Kodo also explores new musics and often commissions contemporary composers for new pieces. They also explore contemporary staging, set design and costumes.

Kodo will be at the Lensic this coming spring. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime event! Tickets can be purchased at .

Santa Fe Japan Festival

Saturday, April 29, 2017
09:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Santa Fe Community Convention Center

Come join the JIN for out 13th Annual Santa Fe Japanese Cultural Festival! Watch performances and demonstrations, eat traditional food, and browse booths with traditional arts and crafts. Admission is $5 per person.

You can find more information at the Japan Festival 2017 page.

New Mexico JACL

AkiMatusri 2017

Sept. 17th, Sunday

National Hispanic Cultural Center

10 AM - 5 PM

More information for Vendors & Performers :

6th Worldwide
Uchinanchu Festval
Naha, Okinawa
Oct. 26 - 30, 2016

Contact Information:
Art & Cultural Evening
Studio Ghibli
Movie Poster Arts
Sept. 17     5:30 PM - 9 PM
National Hispanic Cultural Center

New Mexico JACL
AkiMatusri 2016

Sept. 18th, Sunday
National Hispanic Cultural Center
10 AM - 5 PM


RoboRAVE International 
May 1 - May 2
Albuquerque Convention Center

for more information

May 9, Saturday
Asian American Association of New Mexico
"Festival of Asian Cultures"
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
New Mexico Veterans Memorial Park

 Kite Crazy in Japan
Museum Of Internationa Folk Art
Santa Fe, NM
June 9, 2013 to March 23, 2014

Sho Chiku Bai




 Mayor Norio Tomonaga and Mrs. Tomonaga of Sasebo, Japan
offical vist to Albuquerque with a Delegation.
November 9, 2012
NMJACL Aki Matsuri 2012
" Japanese Fall Festival"
Sept. 30, Sunday 
 Japan American Society of New Mexico
"The Makioka Sisters"
 UNM Sub Theater
 Arigatou Tour
"Thank You" 
Expressing Japan's appreciation for United States'
suport during the days
following the 3/11/12 earthquake.
Santa Fe, NM 
 Remember 3/11
1st Anniversary of the Devastating
Earthquake & Tsunami Disaster
in Northern Japan 
The New Mexico Japanese American Citizens League invites
the general puiblic to a Memorial Observation 
Halloween Origami
Bushido Kenkyukai Japanese Martial & Cultural Arts Center
Sister Cities Celebrate Culture
Music & Dance
Albuquerque's Asian Sister Cities


Albuquerque, NM


 Santa Fe JIN
August 20, Saturday
 Asian Pacific Islander
American Heritage Day
May 14, 2011
Festival of Asian Cultures
Sunday, May 15th

Asian American Day at Legislature
February 23, 2011
Santa Fe State Captial Building
Tsugaru Shamisen Duo
(Mr. Mike Penny & Mr. Kevin Kmetz)
Japan Foundation present the Tsugaru Shamisen Duo co-sponsored by The Consulate General of Japan at Denver and NM Japanese American Citizen League.


           National Hispanic Cultural, Sept, 2010
      TAIKO & FUE (Flute) WORKSHOP by Mr.  Ken Koshio     Albuquerque, NM
          2010 Sister Cities International Conference     
          Albuquerque, NM
          July 29-31
          NMJACL Aki Matsuri , Sept.
            National Hispanic Cultural Center
          Ikebana Show, Oct 2&3
              Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, is a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together.  
      Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration , May 22
                                National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will celebrate the cultural traditions, ancestry, and native languages represented among the ethnic groups of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Activities will include martial arts demonstrations, Thai Dancers, East Asian Performance, Taiko Drummers, Food Samples & Demo, and many more.
      Ms. Keiko Murakami, Hiroshima survivor, with Mr. Ken Koshio will gave  presentation at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Museum, May 27
     Festival of Asian Cultures
                                 Asian American Association of New Mexico
                                 Harry E. Kinney Civi Plaza , May 16                      
     Hana Matsuri  "Flower Festival"
             , demonstrations and activities to celebrate the coming of spring flowers and cherry blossom season, April 10.           
      Santa Fe  Japanese Cultural Festival
       Theme: Samurai
       March 13, 2010
       Honor & Endurance , Anne Frank Project , March 6

           Honor and Endurance – a lecture by Davis Begay, Honorary Consul of Japan at Albuquerque

Honorary Consul General Begay’s presentation will try to answer why the American-born Japanese American men and women endured cruel inequities and racism, particularly during WWII and how they came through with honor.

   Japan Minister of Economy, Trade & Industry signed MOU with the State of New Mexico
      May 1, 2009
      Minister T. Nikai and Governor Richardson sign an agreement to cooperate in reseach and development.
 Consul General Kubo, Governor Richardson, & Minister T. Nikai
     Sandia National Laboratories signs MOU with Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology
    May 26, 2009 
    University of New Mexico's Medical School of Emergency Department and Mie Prefecture University School of Medicine signed a MOU
  June 2009
    Japan & New Mexico Smart Grid
     June 2009
     Group of Japanese companies including Hitach and Toshiba Corporation with the State of New Mexico and Government of Japan agreed on to help to build smart grid in the southwestern part of New Mexico. Smart grid use digital technology to monitor and efficiently control the flow of electricity from supplier to consumers.
    English Rakugo Japanese Traditional Sit-Down Comedy
        Mr. Kaishi Katsura
       NM Offers Graduate Research in Japan    
       Ogata Kai  "Garden-Within-A-Garden"
         NMJACL  Aki Matsuri - Japanese Fall Festival     
       Fugo Balloons, 1944-45                                                                      
    Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
     Children of War, Voices for Peace: Japanese and American Perspectives
     On going display. Regular Hours 9 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday through Sunday
                                 2009 Fiesta Hours 6 AM to 5 PM, Daily  
    For more information contact the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, (505) 768-6028

Nishimura to Deliver Pearl Fellow Lecture Oct. 30

TempleYukio Nishimura from the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Urban Engineering, delivers the Pearl Fellow Lecture on Friday, Oct. 30 at 5:15 p.m. in the Pearl Hall auditorium. Nishimura’s lecture is Japan’s World Heritage Wooden Structures: Preservation and Authenticity. Pearl Hall, home of the UNM School of Architecture and Planning, is located on Cornell and Central NE.