Kim trains with sumo wrestlers for the Japanese Festival

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The Japanese Festival kicks off for the 37th year at the Missouri Botanical Gardens this Labor Day Weekend.
MOBOT staff expect thousands at the annual cultural festival, which is like at trip to Asia couched in South St. Louis. There will be blooms and trees from the island nation, authentic Japanese food, martial arts demonstrations, and music from the Hana Children's Chorus.

Sumo wrestlers Eric "Fats" Gaspar (Koryu), Wayne Vierra (Kamiki-iwa), and William 'Tyler' Hopkins (Sunahama) train Kim for a traditional match at the garden.

Japanese Festival
Sept. 5 - 7, 2015
Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110

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