12 Oct
  • By gfulton@usabalsolutions.com
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Japan Day 2021

The Japan Day Fall Festival/Akimatsuri was celebrated on October 10th at the Meeting House, in Columbia, MD. Japan Day reflects the strong ties between Maryland and the Japanese community within it, as well as the thriving Sister State partnership of Maryland and Kanagawa Prefecture. This program was organized by Dr. Tomoko Hoogenboom, Chairperson of the Maryland – Kanagawa Sister State Committee, and committee members. With a full agenda of performances, cultural immersion stations, and offerings of delicious Japanese food, the event benefitted all in attendance.


  • Kendo & Naginata Demonstration by Maryland Kendo Club
  • Ballet by Misako Ballet
  • Karate Demonstration
  • Japanese Choir 



  • Angela Cabellon, Chief Innovation Officer & Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Office of the County Executive
  • Christina Poy, Administrative Director, Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and Governor’s Commission on South Asian American Affairs, Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives


Japanese Culture Stations:

  • Flower arrangement
  • Tea Ceremony
  • Origami/Newspaper folding
  • Calligraphy
  • Yukata picture
  • MarylandKanagawa Sister State
  • BaltimoreKawasaki Sister City


Thank you to all that made Japan Day 2021 such a success:

1. Tomoko Hoogenboom, Chair, Kanagawa Sister State Committee, and Japanese Area Coordinator, UMBC
2. Hitoshi Suzuki, Director, Kanagawa Division JETRO New York
3. Michiko Ogata, Adjunct II Faculty, UMBC
4. Michiko Perry, Adjunct II Faculty, UMBC
5. Mina Seat, Adjunct II Faculty, UMBC
6. Tomoko Nakamura, Second Secretary, Public Affairs Section, Embassy of Japan.
7. Misako Aoki, Owner, Misako Ballet Studio
8. Hatsumi Smith, Owner, Matcha Time Cafe
ANA Inspiration
Bourbon Corporation
Embassy of Japan
Ito En, Ltd.
JFC International
Kanagawa Prefecture
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Sister States of Maryland
State of Maryland
Yamamotoyama USA