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Come Celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary of Kamome in Crescent City, California at the Inaugural Kamome Festival

Logo for the Kamome Festival in Crescent City California

The Kamome Festival will celebrate the 10 year anniversary of when the little boat — called Kamome — washed ashore in Crescent City as result of a tsunami in Rikuzentakata, Japan. This tragic event sparked a special sister city relationship between Rikuzentakata and Crescent City. This is a FREE event. See the current schedule of events below. And read the full story about Kamome and watch the documentary. The Kamome Festival will be an annual event every April in Crescent City.

Kamome Festival Schedule of Events on April 14, 2023 – Be sure to check back here for event updates

  • Tons of activities for kids, from origami and Kanji writing to “go bag” toolkit making for emergency preparedness during earthquakes and tsunamis.
  • Stroll the interactive trail to learn about the story of Kamome, tsunamis and earthquakes,  and our sister city relationship with Rikuzentakata.
  • Ceremony and the Kamome art mural unveiling with City and County officials, Del Norte High School students and our friends from Rikuzentakata.
  • Watch a Taiko drum performance by Humboldt Taiko which utilizes traditional Japanese drums at the Crescent Elk Auditorium
  • Watch a live screening of the Kamome documentary at the Crescent Elk Auditorium.

9 AM – 12 PMFamily activities for school aged children

  • Interactive tsunami education and emergency preparedness
  • Sister city kiosk and art mural viewing
  • Emergency “go bag” making from pillow cases
  • Origami, Kyoto fan folding, Kanji writing and card making

Where: The Cultural Center at the Crescent City – Del Norte County Visitor Center, 1001 Front Street, Crescent City, CA 95531

5 PM – Commemorative Kamome art mural unveiling by artist Harley Munger

Where: Crescent City’s Beachfront Park across from Fred Endert Pool, 1000 Play St, Crescent City, CA 95531

6 – 7:30 PM: Evening program, ceremony and entertainment

  • Learn the story from local City and County officials, community members, students, and our friends from Rikuzentakata, Japan
  • Virtual unveiling of the commemorative Kamome art mural
  • Traditional Japanese Taiko drum performance by Humboldt Taiko
  • Film screening of the documentary Kamome (also streaming for free on Peacock)

Where: Crescent Elk Auditorium at Crescent Elk Middle School, 994 G St, Crescent City, CA 95531

Cost: Free to the public. Tickets are limited to 280 people for Friday evening’s program. You must reserve a free ticket in advance here

The festival was made possible by the Del Norte County Office of Education, the City of Crescent City, the Crescent City-Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce, along with Del Norte County, local first responders, and the newly formed Kamome Foundation


Learn about the incredible friendship that was formed between two countries because of a tiny, barnacle-covered boat named Kamome.


April 14
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Crescent Elk Auditorium
994 G St.
Crescent City, CA 95531 United States
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