About ENMA

Who is ENMA?

ENMA (acronym of the Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association) is a non-profit organization staffed by a team of community minded volunteers who are interested in preserving and furthering the arts and crafts of Japan for the enjoyment of all community members in the Greater Seattle area.

The objectives and purposes for this corporation are educational and cultural in nature. The organization was established solely for charitable purposes.

The Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association (ENMA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation registered in the State of Washington, and is granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service. ENMA raises funds for matsuri activites primarily through the generous financial and in-kind support of Sponsors sharing a like interest in preserving and nuturing the Cultural Arts of Japan for the community-at-large. Without their support we would be unable to continue the tradition of an Aki Matsuri. Other sources of income and support are through individual donation, selling T-shirts, advertisements in our Matsuri Program, sale of raffle tickets, and we do charge an admission for certain Performing Art Programs. We strive to bring as many activities to the public "free of charge" as we can.

Organizational Mission & Vision Statement

Mission Statement
  • Build improved personal and community relationships through the understanding of Japan's rich culture
  • Encourage a wider participation in the Arts and Crafts of Japan
  • Provide a meeting place for the community-at-large to observe and participate in Japan related educational and cultural activities
  • Provide a forum for the continuation and practice of Japanese art forms for the benefit of the artists and artisans
  • Provide a "Japanese Style" community event for the enjoyment of the Japanese expatriates
Vision Statement
  • Increased awareness and participation in Japan related educational and cultural events
  • Continued strong presence of Japanese related arts and cultural activities
  • A diverse population engaged in the observance and practice of Japanese arts forms
  • Increased exchange between citizens of Japan and America through the arts
  • Maintain the "purity" of the art forms through understanding, exchange, and practice
  • Improved mutual understanding and appreciation of cultures between citizens of Japan and America
Historical Information

ENMA began as an ad hoc group of community minded volunteers in 1998. For the nine (9) years prior to 1998 a group of volunteer's known as the "Japan Week in Bellevue Committee" presented a Japanese Style Festival. The group announced their intention to suspend operations following the 1997 festival. Leaders in the Greater Seattle Japanese Community encouraged a continuation of the festival (matsuri) offering their support. We accepted the challenge to present a fall matsuri for the 1998 season changing the name to the Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association.
We operated under the auspices of the Lake Washington Japanese American Citizens League in 1998, and again in 1999. 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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