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2014 Aki Matsuri Information


The 17th Annual Aki Matsuri


A celebration of Japan's rich cultural heritage
presented by the Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association (ENMA)


Japan comes to the Bellevue College (BC) for a weekend!
A two-day program of Japanese cultural and educational events for all ages!


When:
Saturday, September 6 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) and
Sunday, September 7 (10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.), 2014
Place: Bellevue College Main Campus [directions]
3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue, WA 98007

G (Gymnasium), E-Bldg (Carlson Theater, E-129), C-Bldg (Cafeteria, C120, C130, C164, C165), D-Bldg (D101, D106), and R-Building (Lobby, R101, R102, R103, R110, R207) [campus map] [parking map]


Admission & Parking are Free during Aki Matsuri Weekend!

(Please note that some workshops and seminars require registration and fee.)




~ 2014 Aki Matsuri features ~

Kubodera-san Photo
An innovative ceramist, Kubodera Keizaburo from Tobe-Town, Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku, Japan will be a 2014 Aki Matsuri featured guest artist. He will exhibit many of his works of art and interact with the Matsuri visitors to share information about his specific art-form. Kubodera san is hoping to meet many of you during the 2-day Aki Matsuri to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for ceramics.

For more details, please click here.

Richard Emmert
Professor of Asian Performing Arts at Musashino University & Certified Kita School NOH Instructor, Mr. Richard Emmert will present a Noh Introduction/Training session during the 2-day Aki Matsuri to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for Noh.

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Mikoshi Junkousai ... The Mikoshi from Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America was on display during the two-day event. From 12 PM on September 6 (Saturday), 2014, there was a Shinto ceremony to purify the Omikoshi followed by the Omikoshi Junkou carrying festival in the campus courtyards.  

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Heiando America, Inc. established to expand Urushi (Japanese lacquer) traditional crafts to the wider world will participate in 2014 Aki matsuri. Please visit the exhibit booth of Heiando America Inc. (C-Bldg. Lobby) to learn more about the Japanese tradition of Urushi (Japanese lacquer) and Urushi crafts. 

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Other popular Matsuri activities including: 2 full days of on-stage Performing Arts, Martial Art demonstrations by local dojo members, Puppet Shows, Tea Ceremony and Ikebana demonstrations, more than 70 exhibit booths, and workshops on Bonsai, Taiko, and Shakuhachi. Meet with Aki Matsuri Mascot! Browse through “Nomi-no-ichi … a Japanese style flea market” to make a lucky find!

We will invite everyone to join in the many activities of the matsuri. Where else can you shop, eat, and browse so many diverse and interesting family activities in one location? Yes, there really is something for everyone! The matsuri is an excellent opportunity to experience some of Japan's rich culture heritage as we bring "Japan to the Bellevue College for a weekend!"



Volunteer Opportunities!

Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association (ENMA) is currently recruiting total about 300 volunteers to help out at this year's Aki Matsuri. We still need 150 more volunteers for September 5 (Fri; Set-up only), 6 (Sat), and 7 (Sun), 2014. This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Japanese culture and meet people from the Japanese / Japanese American communities. Volunteers need to be at least 15 years old but you don't need to know anything about Japan - you just need to be willing to help. Thanks to those of you who have already signed up to volunteer!

Our new volunteer registration system is available online: Please click here.


     
   
 
 
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