Matsuri! Japanese Art Festival

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Matsuri! Japanese Arts Festival will return to Juilliard Park and the SOFA Arts
District of downtown Santa Rosa on Sunday, May 6, from 11am to 5pm.
Matsuri! has become one of the signature cultural festivals in the North Bay. The event is organized by
Sonoma County Matsuri, whose mission is to offer deep insights into Japanese culture by providing a
forum for artisans, artists, and performers of Japanese traditional arts to showcase their talents.
Performances and demonstrations at the admission-free, family-friendly Japanese festival will take place
throughout the day in Juilliard Park and will feature taiko drumming, traditional Japanese dance and
music, martial arts demonstrations, Kyogen theater performance, Tea Ceremony, and more. Joining the
roster of performers this year will be Kyle Abbott, a shamisen player, builder, and educator from Santa
Cruz, and Yuzu, a singer/songwriter from Japan who also plays the shamisen. Back by popular demand,
there will also be a children’s activity booth and mochitsuki—the pounding of sweet rice into cakes.
Complementing the festivities and performances will be a variety of exhibitors and vendors featuring
Japanese arts, crafts, and food.
“This will be our ninth year to hold Matsuri, and we’re thrilled that the festival continues to grow year
after year thanks to the generosity and strong support of our sponsors and the entire community,"says Henry Kaku, Sonoma
County Matsuri Board President. We are honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the cultural richness and diversity of Sonoma County by
showcasing authentic Japanese arts, music, theater, and entertainment."

The Matsuri! Japanese Arts Festival will return to Juilliard Park and the SOFA Arts District of downtown Santa Rosa on Sunday, May 6, from 11am to 5pm.

Matsuri! has become one of the signature cultural festivals in the North Bay. The event is organized by Sonoma County Matsuri, whose mission is to offer deep insights into Japanese culture by providing a forum for artisans, artists, and performers of Japanese traditional arts to showcase their talents.

Performances and demonstrations at the admission-free, family-friendly Japanese festival will take place throughout the day in Juilliard Park and will feature taiko drumming, traditional Japanese dance and music, martial arts demonstrations, Kyogen theater performance, Tea Ceremony, and more.

Joining the roster of performers this year will be Kyle Abbott, a shamisen player, builder, and educator from Santa Cruz, and Yuzu, a singer/songwriter from Japan who also plays the shamisen.

"This will be our ninth year to hold Matsuri, and we’re thrilled that the festival continues to grow year after year..." says Henry Kaku, Sonoma County Matsuri Board President. "We are honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the cultural richness and diversity of Sonoma County by showcasing authentic Japanese arts, music, theater, and entertainment."

Where: Juliard Park - 227 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

When: Sunday, May 6 - 11AM-5PM

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