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A look at the 4th annual Matsuri Festival

An Asian man with short gray hair is wearing a teal blue yukata, and holding a sword in one hand. A crowd watches behind him.
Melinda Edwards

This year’s Matsuri Festival, one of the more wonderful local events, had some special flair this time around. Japan House is celebrating 20 years in it’s current location, the location where it’s grown, flourished, and drawn in more and more of the community each year, so an even bigger and better Matsuri was in order. The famed “Candy Man”, tea ceremonies, an array of Asian-inspired food options, Japanese arts, and dozens of local vendors, were a part, as usual, but there were some bonuses as well. This year offered a sectioned off area for libations, including specially crafted for Japan House Triptych beers as well as sake and sake cocktails. There were also performances by two internationally known Japanese all-female rock bands The’s and Shonen Knife. As usual, the event was an amazing amalgam of community and campus, with something for all ages to enjoy and appreciate. 

Photos by Melinda Edwards

The’s, photos by Eric Frahm

Shonen Knife, photos by Eric Frahm

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