Kamome Festival

Kamome Festival Commemorates the 11 Year Anniversary of When the Tiny Barnacled Covered Boat Washed Ashore in Crescent City, California

The annual festival celebrates 11 years from when the boat, Kamome, was discovered on the shores of Crescent City with an opening ceremony, Japanese cultural activities for kids, tsunami education, a Taiko drum performance and more all happening on April 11 -13, 2024.


Ashley Taylor, City of Crescent City, 707-464-7483 x238 mobile 707-458-4131 [email protected]

Lynnette Braillard 541-350-0594, [email protected]

(Crescent City, California) Both Crescent City, California and Rikuzentakata, Japan have something in common: Devastating tsunamis. A tsunami leveled Rikuzentakata and hurled a boat from Takata High School across the ocean in 2011. The boat Kamome floated for years before finding its way to Crescent City. But a somber story sparked a lasting bond between two high schools, two cities and two countries giving good reason to celebrate.

The public is invited to attend the second annual Kamome Festival, a free multi-day day event beginning on Thursday, April 11 with the arrival of Rikuzentakata delegates to Crescent City at the Del Norte County Regional Airport and continuing with events into Saturday afternoon.  

On the afternoon of Saturday, April 13, the festival will start with a drum circle led by Mombo Hernandez followed by an opening ceremony, including a Prayer given by the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, one of Del Norte County’s Indigenous tribes. Highlights of the afternoon include a live performance from the Humboldt Taiko drum group from Eureka, California and a film screening of the Kamome documentary.

There will be interactive tsunami and earthquake preparedness education and Japanese cultural activities on Friday, April 12 for local school children at Crescent City’s Cultural Center. This event is closed to the general public.  

“This year’s Kamome Festival will not only highlight the special relationship our community has formed with Rikuzentakata, Japan, but will also provide an opportunity to share our own community’s diverse culture with the visiting delegation and our own residents. The event will also educate our community of the importance of emergency preparedness and provide our residents a platform to receive resources that will help keep them and their families safer in the event of a disaster. Our two cities share a bond through our histories with tsunamis, and this festival is a way to honor that bond. We are excited to offer this event to our community and share in the exchange of culture, knowledge, and friendship” says Ashley Taylor, Director of Economic Development and Recreation.

Rikuzentakata Delegation Greeting: Thursday, April 11, 2024 – 4 pm – Del Norte County Regional Airport, 1650 Dale Rupert Road, Suite 100 Crescent City 

School Activities (closed to the general public): Friday, April 12 9:00 am – 12 pm – Cultural Center, 1001 Front Street, Crescent City

Live concert featuring UNIT SOUZOU: “Constant State of Otherness” in Crescent City: Friday, April 12 7:00 pm – Elk Valley Casino, 2021 Elk Ranch Road, Crescent City. Purchase advance tickets here. This was made possible by Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness.

Opening Ceremony and Entertainment: Saturday, April 13 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

  • Learn the story from local City and County officials, community members and our friends from Rikuzentakata, Japan

  • Hmong Dancers

  • Kamome documentary screening

  • Traditional Japanese Taiko drum performance by Humboldt Taiko

  • Opportunity to take the self-guided Tsunami Walking Tour through Crescent City to see the Kamome art mural

COST: Free to the public (except for the live concert featuring UNIT SOUZOU: “Constant State of Otherness”)

More information and a schedule of events: https://bit.ly/KamomeFestival


Apr 11 - 13 2024


See schedule for event times at KamomeFestival.com
4:00 pm - 4:00 pm