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~Past Event ~
2007 Information

The 10th Annual Aki Matsuri
September 8 & 9, 2007 at the Bellevue Community College Main Campus

2007 attendance increased to an estimated 10,000 matsuri visitors, and we were favored by beautiful weather. Core programs of martial arts, fine art & craft, and performing arts were similar in scope and size to 2006.

Special features included:

Wa-rosoku (Japanese Candles) by Yasukazu Matsumoto from Nishinomiya-shi, Hyogo-ken.

A 4th generation warosoku craftsman (Yasukazu Matsumoto) from Nishinomiya-shi, Hyogo-ken exhibited and demonstrated the making of "Japanese Candles" using traditional techniques and materials.

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Take Zaiku (Bamboo craft) by Kazutaka Toda from Miki-shi, Hyogo-ken.

A 5th generation take' zaiku craftsman (Kazutaka Toda) from Miki-shi, Hyogo-ken exhibited and demonstrated traditional bamboo craft, and conducted a "kids toy making workshops" and a "making bamboo basket for flower arrangement" using bamboo materials.

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Higo Chonkake Goma (an intangible folk cultural asset of Kumamoto) by Kazuhito Miki from Itami-shi, Hyogo-ken.

Mr. Kazuhito Miki demonstrated his splendid feat using a top and a cord on the main stage to shamisen accompaniment by his wife

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Usa Jingu
100 Shrine Forest Exhibit of paintings and photographs of Ichinomiya (original No. 1 shrines) with the theme of "The Journey to Pray for World Peace and Live in Harmony with Others" by Yukihiro Sekiguchi and Noburo Yonezawa of Ichinomiya Junpai Kai of the Kansai Region of Japan.

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After participating at the 2007 Aki Matsuri, Toda-san also gave a 2 hour workshop to the Northwest Basket Weavers Guild at their monthly meeting. Toda-san, Matsumoto-san and Miki-san traveled to Spokane to present workshops and demonstrations for the Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute / Japan Community Center.

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