Want to skip the ticket lines? Print your ticket at home and proceed directly to entry when you arrive. Celebrating the history, culture, and people of Japan, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the United States. Since the Garden has proudly hosted this unique event at one of the largest Japanese gardens in North America. A fruitful collaboration with several local Japanese-American organizations provides authentic Japanese music, art, dance, food, and entertainment for thousands of visitors each year. It originated in ancient times as religious performances to the Shinto gods, but many ancient rituals are still followed.
Andrew Tsubaki was the first chairperson of the Japan Festival Committee. Consul General Tanaka was the driving force behind starting the first festival. Consul General Tanaka did many innovative things to promote the Japanese culture when he was in Kansas City. He enlisted the help of Dr.