The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Japanese Children's Day. Activities are free with museum admission. Weekend Family Fun programs are sponsored by TD Banknorth.
Performance: Isshin Taiko, a Japanese-style drumming group from Western Massachusetts, will present a spirited performance that combines the thunderous sounds of big drums with the melodies of the Japanese bamboo flute, and features synchronized rhythm, movement and voice. The group's name comes from Isshin, which means "one heart" or "wholehearted," and Taiko, which means big drums; 1:30 p.m., on the Quadrangle green (indoors if it rains). Ongoing Activities, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum: Gyotaku – Use rubber molds made from real fish to do gyotaku, Japanese fish printing; 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Sumi-e Brush Painting workshop, noon-1:30 p.m. Jin Shin Jyutsu – Christine Dupont will demonstrate this holistic healing art based on ancient understanding of the connections between mind and body; noon-3 p.m. Make your own "Karp Kite" and other Japanese crafts, noon–3:45 p.m.