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~Past Event ~
2004 Information

The 7th Annual Aki Matsuri
September 11 & 12, 2004 at the Bellevue Community College Main Campus

Aki Matsuri 2004 set yet more records with a significantly increased attendance, and expanded activities. The overall program of martial arts, culinary arts, fine arts & crafts, and performing arts was augmented with the addition of a Nomi-no-ichi (flea market) by Japan-America Society and the Japanese Business Association of Seattle, a Master Tsugaru shamisen artist from Aomori, Japan, a Edo-style woodcarver from Tokyo, and a Japan Culture in the Classroom workshop conducted by the East Asia Resource Center, University of Washington for area K~12 teachers. The attendance for this 2-day free admission event was estimated to be 7,000 ~ 7,500.

Mr. Hiroshi Matsuda, (The Third Grand Master, Rinshuei Kida) from Aomori-ken, played the Tsugaru Shamisen (a lute-like instrument) on stage.

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Mr. Hideta Kitazawa, an Edo Woodcarver from Tokyo, displayed his art pieces ... Noh and Kyogen Mask and other ornamental woodcarvings. He completed the carving of a noh mask during the two-day matsuri!

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The Japan Business Association of Seattle (JBAS) and the Japan America Society - State of Washington (JASSW) brought the very first "nomi-no-ichi" to the 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) and the Japan in the Schools programs.

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