Downtown Phoenix will be the place to be this weekend, February 21st and 22nd, for Matsuri, A Festival of Japan. This will be the 25th anniversary celebration and filled with lots of fun activities.
I lived with a Japanese family during my days at UCSB. Ken Ota was my judo and aikido sensei and living with his family was quite an experience. The respect and integrity of their culture deeply affected me in a wonderful way.
The festival is jammed packed with activities the entire family will enjoy including: Taiko drumming, Kendo karate demonstrations, Japanese Lion Dance, native folk dancing, a Kimono fashion show and much more. A complete schedule of events is posted on the organizer's web site.
If you are traveling by Light Rail its just a short walk from the 3rd St. & Washington stop. Check out RailLife.com for maps and rail info.
The Urban Team at Realty Executives
The Matsuri poster to the right was designed by Phoenix artist Brian Fisher and generously provided by tireless Matsuri web developer and general get-it-done person, Penny Levy.