Hidden Villa hosts Japanese Cultural Day

Courtesy of Margaret Abe
Young participants at a previous Japanese Cultural Day engage in a game of tug-of-war.

Hidden Villa is scheduled to host its fifth annual Japanese Cultural Day 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19 in the Dana Center, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

The connection between Hidden Villa and the Japanese community dates back to the preserve’s founders, Frank and Josephine Duveneck, who in the 1940s opposed Japanese internment.

The Duvenecks visited many Japanese families during their captivity and used Hidden Villa’s resources to help many of the families by housing them after World War II, including former U.S. Rep. Norman Mineta.

To honor the legacy and celebrate both Japanese culture and Hidden Villa, Japanese Cultural Day will feature Japanese food, hands-on arts and crafts, origami paper folding, calligraphy, a tea ceremony, Ikebana flower arranging, kimono dressing, cultural displays, demonstrations, a treasure hunt, face painting, music, the Bon Odori dance and martial arts.

The event also will feature Undokai games, a Japanese-style sports field day, with professional facilitators and trained staff organizing groups for competitions.

Admission is free and open to all. A $10 parking pass must be purchased in advance at

For more information, call 949-6326 or visit

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