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Wakamatsu Farm|941 Cold Springs Rd, Placerville, CA | Map

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American River Conservancy invites the public to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first Japanese colony in America at the historic location of their 1869 tea and silk farm in Placerville, CA. Check out our festival website for more information WakamatsuFest150 is a celebration of 150 years of Japanese-American heritage, arts, and cuisine. The festival will feature Japanese and Japanese-American food, art, music, performances, demonstrations, discussions, competitions, and more. Booths will offer Asian and other foods, information, and merchandise. Entertainment will showcase traditional and modern Japanese-American culture. Docents will guide tours and tell stories about the first Japanese colonists who established their tea and silk farm on this Placerville property. Locals, farmers, historians, and naturalists will share knowledge and experience honoring the past, present, and future of Wakamatsu Farm and surrounding El Dorado County. Festival Dates: June 6, 7, 8, 9 of 2019 Festival Times: 10:00am to 4:00pm VIP Event Time: Saturday, June 8 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm Location: 941 Cold Springs Road, Placerville, CA 95667 Schedule of Events During each day of the festival, visitors will celebrate with performers, docents, speakers, demonstrators, vendors, and many others who are enjoying the legacy of the Japanese American experience for the past 150 years. Around mid-day each day, everyone will be treated to the world premiere of a live action play telling the story of the Wakamatsu Colony from Japan to America during 1869 to 1871. Generally, each festival day centers on the following topics with some overlap each day: Thursday, June 6 – Kids Explore Japanese Culture Friday, June 7 – Japanese Tea and Culture Saturday, June 8 – THE BIG DAY* – Wakamatsu History Sunday, June 9 – Wakamatsu Authors and Japanese American Farmers Kids activities, tea, history, and authors will be available each festival day. *The Wakamatsu Colonists arrived at their Gold Hill Farm on June 8, 1869 making this date exactly 150 later. The festival location is Wakamatsu Farm, the site of the first Japanese Colony in the USA. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this one-and-only sesquicentennial celebration!