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30th Annual Matsuri: A Festival of Japan
A celebration of Japanese culture featuring Japanese Exhibits, Demonstrations, Arts and Crafts, Children’s Activities, Bonsai Displays, Japanese Food and Entertainment.
For 2014, the festival committee chose the theme Kazari, 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 Kazari 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 Kazari 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-
Stay posted to AZMatsuri.org for entertainment updates.
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