The Kent County Public Library, 497 S. Red Haven Lane, Dover, will present its second annual Sakura Mini Matsuri from 1 to 4:30 p.m. April 27.
In Japanese, sakura means cherry blossom and matsuri is a festival. The library will celebrate Japanese culture with crafts, traditional dance and cultural performances.
Certified Japanese kimono consultant and Shinto priestess, the Rev. Kuniko Kanawa, will perform a Kyo-no-shiki, or “Four Seasons in Kyoto of Apprentice Geisha’s Dance,” in addition to a short kimono lecture and a kimono dressing demonstration. Kanawa has been a regular exhibitor at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., and Sakura Sunday Festival in Philadelphia.
There will also be a performance by the KyoDaiko taiko drum troupe of Philadelphia, which made its Delaware debut at KCPL’s inaugural 2018 mini matsuri event. KyoDaiko’s performance is courtesy of the Friends of Kent County Public Library.
The Delaware Anime Society will present an “Introduction to Anime, Manga and Cosplay.” The audio/visual presentation will provide an introduction to anime and manga featuring cosplay, samples of anime shows, trivia and a panel discussion. The presentation is recommended for ages 13 and older.
Japanese-inspired crafts, suitable for all ages, will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. while they last. Japanese/Asian-inspired clothing and family-friendly cosplay are welcome.
The matsuri is free and open to the public; seating for all events is limited.
For more, call 744-1919.