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Tampa Natsumatsuri (Japanese Summer Festival)

THIS IS A FREE EVENT and Open to the Public!

Including Japanese

* Games

* Performances

* Vendors

This year's location will be the same as last year--huge, covered, with electricity, and Real Restrooms!


Tampa Natsumatsuri is Tampa's only authentically Japanese Summer Festival. It's just like what you'd find in rural Japan, only here in Tampa. This festival is community-based and entirely non-profit.

It was started eight years ago when two friends who had both lived in Japan decided they should have a summer festival to remind themselves of what they loved in Japan. That first year, over 100 people turned out and Tampa Natsumatsuri was born.

Local organizations are invited to participate.  There is no vendor fee.   All Japan-related exhibits, performances, games, etc. are welcome.  Many groups adopt an activity that they conduct year after year at the event.  For details on how you can participate, please contact us at [masked].

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  • Sean

    A little belatedly... Great festival everyone! Glad to feel a little of the spirit of Japan here in Tampa Bay.

    June 18, 2014

  • Mike D.

    Yoku dekimashita !!

    1 · June 17, 2014

  • Edward D M.

    I hoping there would be more food options. Oki Doki was really good.

    June 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Food vendors have to be Licensed and health inspected. There just aren't that many Japanese food trucks around.

      June 14, 2014

    • Tampakumicho

      Next year you can volunteer to contact food vendors and get them to sign up.

      June 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun. Hot. Sunny day. Lots of people smiling and laughing.

    1 · June 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The festival was fantastic and Tampakumicho did an amazing job organizing the event.

    1 · June 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I m running late, sorry. See you guys later

    June 14, 2014

  • Tampakumicho

    Tampa Natsumatsuri is tomorrow. Entrance is free, but, of course, tickets for games, raffle tickets, the auction, food, and vendor items will require money. So don't forget to bring CASH! We have some nice items including vintage kimono and a beautiful doll for auction. Not to mention a lot of raffle items.

    Game tickets are $0.25 each, each game takes one. Raffle is $1 each. Other prices set by vendors.

    June 13, 2014

  • koko e.


    1 · June 11, 2014

  • Tehphna R.

    This will be my first time attending the festival, but I'm willing to help if I'm needed.

    June 9, 2014

    • Esther (.

      Please contact John at [masked]. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

      June 10, 2014

  • Esther (.

    A note from the Natsumatsuri coordinator!

    Here's the latest update on Tampa Natsumatsuri. We're trying to get more games this year. I have lots of ideas and can supply materials, but I need people to commit to running them before I buy the stuff. If you can help, please sign up now. It's really only about 3 months away.
    kingyo sukui
    yoyo sukui
    omocha sukui
    yukata try-on
    bean counting
    nageru sumo
    shuriken showdown
    kami fusen
    pick a duck
    prize wheel
    daruma otoshi
    super ball sukui
    I currently have volunteers for:
    shodo: Kazu
    origami: Wako
    wanage: Mako
    sharp shooting: John
    Pokemon challenge: Kail


    1 · February 28, 2014

    • Monyka K.

      When I know for a fact I am going I can help, but I am still desperately searching for a job.

      May 13, 2014

    • Tehphna R.

      can I help?

      June 9, 2014

  • Jacob H.

    I was going to go to the Summer Festival and was wondering if there is anything I can do to volunteer.

    1 · May 31, 2014

    • Esther (.

      Jacob! It will be great to see you again. John will definitely be thankful for your help.

      June 2, 2014

  • Kazu H.

    Hi Jacob, The festival coordinator, John, looks for volunteers. I plan to take care of the calligraphy booth. Could you make a contact with John? Thankyou. His address is .... [masked]

    June 1, 2014

  • Esther (.

    Monyka-chan, Kazu-san,
    I've added the 2014 flyer in our Files section...

    2 · May 17, 2014

  • Kazu H.

    The Natsumaturi (Festival) will be held on June 14th this year.

    May 13, 2014

  • Kazu H.

    I beleieve the flyer is not for this year. The

    May 13, 2014

  • Monyka K.

    Is there a flyer for this year? I'd like to post it a few places on the internet and FB!

    May 13, 2014

  • Jody

    I plan on making it

    March 21, 2014

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