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~Past Event ~
2006 Information

The 9th Annual Aki Matsuri
September 9 & 10, 2006 at the Bellevue Community College Main Campus

2006 attendance increased to an estimated 9,000 ~ 9,500 visitors. Core programs of martial arts, fine art & craft, and performing arts were similar in scope and size to 2005.

Special features included:

A return visit of a Master Tsugaru Shamisen performer, Mr. Hiroshi Matsuda (The Third Grand Master, Rinshuei Kida) and his accompanying student, Ms. Kazuko Ota (Rinka Kida) from Aomori, Japan.

Following Aki Matsuri weekend, they visited Renton and Mountainview (Auburn) High Schools to give presentations to approximately 400 students and faculty. Also, they performed on the stage at the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

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Sosaku Ningyo
Sosaku Ningyo(Original Dolls) exhibit and demonstration by Ms. Kazuyo Nakahashi from Saitama, Japan.

Following Aki Matsuri weekend, she exhibited and gave workshops at the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art.

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Kokeshi Dalls
The World of Kokeshi Dolls - The Japan Foundation in cooperation with the Consulate-General of Japan, Seattle arranged for this traveling exhibit titled "The World of Kokeshi Dolls" to be shown at this year's Aki Matsuri.

This outstanding exhibition provided a comprehensive introduction to the various styles and production methods of Kokeshi, Japan's representative folk dolls. The exhibit illustrated three general types of kokeshi: the traditional dolls made primarily in the Tohoku region of Northern Japan; the "creative kokeshi" produced according to each artist's unique conception; and the wooden kokeshi toys that children like to play with.

Nomi-no-ichi 2006
The Japan Business Association of Seattle (JBAS) presented the 3rd "Nomi-no-ichi / Charity Yard Sale" at this year's matsuri. All proceeds from the sale of the donated items go to support the Seattle Japanese School (Saturdays at Interlake High School for High & Junior High School students and at Odle Middle School for kindergarten & elementary students). Learn more about these very important Japan-related educational and cultural programs by visiting the JBAS website at

Special Projects included Omikoshi Procession, Taiko Workshops, Bonsai Workshops, and Japan Culture in Classroom Workshop.

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