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Phoenix, AZ 85004
The 30th Annual Matsuri Festival takes over Heritage & Science Park in downtown Phoenix on Saturday and Sunday, February 22 & 23, 2014. This two-day celebration features colorful displays of authentic Japanese art, crafts, and entertainment. Traditional Japanese food and merchandise are also for sale.
Japanese Exhibits, Demonstrations, Arts and Crafts, Children's Activities, Bonsai Displays, Japanese Food and Entertainment and 3 stages of live entertainment.
For 2014, the festival committee chose the theme Chochin, otherwise known as a traditional Japanese ball/paper lantern. These colorful paper lanterns come in various shapes and sizes. Sometimes, these lanterns are made from silk or even vinyl fabrics and consist of collapsible bamboo or metal frames. Vinyl lanterns are more durable and can withstand rain, sunlight and wind. Often associated with festivals, paper lanterns are most common in Japan and are hung outside of businesses to attract attention. When asked about the theme Chochin and why the committee chose it for their 30th celebration, Matsuri co- chair- Ted Namba stated, "We're so proud to celebrate 30 years in Arizona, and particularly to present this grand event in Phoenix, which is symbolic of light and renewal. For three decades we've drawn attention to Japanese traditions, old and new. As the phoenix is a symbol of renewal and Chochin of light, through Matsuri we aim to illuminate Japanese culture in the Valley and to carry on the traditions of Japan, that we love so much.
Also new this year, the committee has brought in a number of martial arts demonstrations, authentic arts and crafts exhibitions, vendors, and performing arts groups, both local and internationally-renowned. Co-chair Doris Asano noted that Kat McDowell will be performing live at this year's event. "We're so pleased to have Kat McDowell on the bill this year. Kat was born in Tokyo and raised in New Zealand. Her performance will add a contemporary and vibrant component that will draw in a younger audience."
Saturday & Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join us for our Awa Odori & Mikoshi Parade!
The Matsuri Parade will start at 10 AM on Saturday, February 22rd.
Anyone in Japanese attire is invited to participate in our parade!
Please begin gathering next to the Plaza Stage at 9:30 AM.
Asahi Beer Garden open both Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM ~ 5 PM. All proceeds benefit the Arizona Matsuri. We will be serving Asahi Beer and premium Japanese sake by PIL! Thanks to our sponsors!
Shan Ichiyanagai, the candy man, will be performing Amezaiku (Japanese Candy Sculpting) on Saturday and Sunday.
Ramune Drinking Contest on Saturday at 4:50 PM and 4:45 PM on Sunday at the Plaza Stage. Two contests, one children's and one adult's, 5 contestants each. Sign up at Water Yo-yo Booth
Three stages of traditional arts, taiko and martial arts
New merchandise and food vendors!
Fun children's activities, calligraphy and more!
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Sunday, 23 February, 2014
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