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Come Celebrate the 11 Year Anniversary of Kamome Arriving in Crescent City, California at the Annual Kamome Festival

Logo for the annual Kamome Festival in Crescent City, California

The Kamome Festival will celebrate the 11 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 mainly a FREE event. See the current schedule of events below. And read the full story about Kamome and watch the documentary. The Kamome Festival is an annual event every April in Crescent City.

Kamome Festival Schedule of Events:

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Friday, April 12, 2024 

  • 9am – 12pm: Kids’ activities (closed to the public):
    – Interactive tsunami education & emergency preparedness
    – Emergency First Aid kit making
    – Origami, Kanji writing and card making
  • 7pm: Buy tickets to see UNIT SOUZOU: “Constant State of Otherness” in Crescent City. Their exhilarating performance with a fusion of music, dance and culture featuring at the Betty Green Event Center at Elk Valley Casino, brought to you by Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA). Purchase advance tickets here.

Saturday, April 13, 2024 

  • 1-2pm – Drum Circle Led By Mombo Hernandez & Cultural Activities;Vendors; and Refreshments
  • 2-2:15pm – Opening Ceremony, including a Prayer given by the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation
  • 2:15-2:30pm – Hmong Dancers
  • 2:30 – 2:50pm – Watch a live screening of the Kamome documentary at the Cultural Center
  • 3pm – Watch a Taiko drum performance by Humboldt Taiko which utilizes traditional Japanese drums on the Cultural Center Lawn

Kamome Festival 2024 Celebrates the 11 Year Anniversary of When the Kamome boat landed on the beach in Crescent City, California

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 Kamome Foundation


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


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Cultural Center
1001 Front St.
Crescent City, CA 95531 United States
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