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~Past Event ~
2000 Information

In 2000 we moved to a new venue, Bellevue Community College. A 2-day matsuri featuring guest artists from Japan along with a multitude of local area performers and artisans was held on the weekend of September 23 and 24 at the Bellevue Community College's Gym.

The expanded program included on-stage performing arts, martial arts demonstrations, booth exhibits, Japanese food cooking demonstrations by Yukiko Moriyama, and food booths (Yatai).
Program Booklet Front Cover
"Program Booklet Front Cover""

~ 2000 Aki Matsuri Highlights ~

Yuzen Kimono by Sojiro Hoshino

"Photo Courtesy
of Sojiro Hoshino"

Featuring Kimono Arts:

  • A treasured Yuzen-Zome kimono exhibit by Mr. Sojiro Hoshino, a well-known Yuzen designer and director (shikkaiya) from Japan. He has produced more than 10,000 kimono of high artistry.

  • Shifu ("paper fabric") Kimono and Obi display by Masayo Miyanaga from Japan Shifu is a kimono fabric combining the botanical fibers of washi paper with silk, flax and cotton fibers.

  • Antique kimono exhibit by Sustainable Community Center Japan.

Tea House
A Japanese demonstration teahouse measuring 17 feet x 17 feet was erected in the Gym. Japanese Tea Ceremony (Cha-no-yu) demonstrations were conduced by local tea groups.

Recognizing the community's interest in continuing this tradition of a fall matsuri that is complementary to the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival held in the spring brought about the realization that incorporation as a tax exempt non-profit organization would be advantageous for the purposes of recruiting volunteers, focusing effort, and gaining financial support.

ENMA received a Certificate of Incorporation from the Secretary of State, State of Washington on July 11, 2000, and a Letter of Determination from the IRS October 16, 2000 declaring ENMA exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (a) of the Internal Tax Code.

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