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The 2013 Santa Fe Japan festival will take place on
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Santa Fe Community Convention Center
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Festivals, or "matsuri" in Japanese, are an important part of Japanese culture. Across Japan, there are thousands of national and local festivals celebrating everything from cherry blossoms to dolls to ancient folk legends. With the annual Santa Fe Japan Festival (or Matsuri for short), the Santa Fe JIN aims to bring Japan's festival spirit to Santa Fe. Since its founding, the Matsuri has been the JIN's biggest event. With attendees in the thousands, the Matsuri attracts people every year from across the state as well as across the southwest. We hope you will join us this year for the 2013 Matsuri about kimono!
If you would like to do more than just attend this year's Matsuri, we encourage you to sign up as a volunteer. We can always use more help with planning, setup, transportation, food preparation, cleanup, and everything else that makes the Matsuri a success. It's an excellent opportunity to be a part of something truly exceptional and to see a side of Japanese cultural in Santa Fe that you'll never forget! If you are interested, please contact the JIN at
Kimono are the Japanese traditional clothing. They evolved from Chinese Han Dynasty clothing around the eighth century AD, and became the standard garment for men, women, and children. Near the end of the 1800's, kimono were gradually replaced by Western-style clothing for everyday wear, but even today kimono are worn for traditional events such as festivals, and in certain places, such as bath houses.
Kimono can be plain for everyday wear, or they can be lavishly decorated. Some of the most skillfully designed kimono are regarded as works of art for their beauty. There are many different kinds of kimono for different occasions, each decorated in a specific way. There's plenty to learn! Join the JIN in an celebration of the art of the traditional kimono!
- Smokin' Bachi Taiko
- Santa Fe JIN Children's Japanese Language Class
Japanese Classic and Folk Dance
- Chizuko Matsumoto and students
- Chado New Mexico
- Consul General Ikuhiko Ono, Consulate General of Japan at Denver
Honorary Consul General Davis Begay, Honorary Consulate of Japan at Albuquerque
- Smokin' Bachi Taiko
Kimono Fashion Show
- Janine Thormann of Vintage Kimono
- Ikuko Begay
On Stage: Martial Arts
Iaido and Aikido
- Damon Apodaca and Ken Jeremiah, Santa Fe Budokan
- Jinko Kyudo Iba
- AKKA Karate USA
In the Courtyard: Bon Odori Dancing
Learn Japanese Folk Dances
- Marco Lienhard
- Miyagi Ryu Nosho Kai Ryukyu Dance and Music School
Both the booth application and the special event license below must be submitted by those wishing to reserve a booth for the 2013 Matsuri.
Special Event License
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