Matsuri! Japanese Arts Festival
There is fun for all at this annual showcase of Japanese arts! Taiko drumming, traditional Japanese dance and music, martial arts demonstrations, Kyogen theater performance, Tea Ceremony, children’s activity booth and mochitsuki (the pounding of sweet rice into cakes using a wooden mallet), and a variety of exhibitors and vendors featuring Japanese arts, crafts, and food.
Celebrating its ninth year, 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 Bay Area artisans, artists, and performers of Japanese traditional arts to showcase their talents.
As a prelude to the festival, Sonoma County Matsuri presents Songs of the Phoenix, a special shakuhachi concert by Grand Master Riley Lee from Australia and local musician Elliot Kallen on Saturday, May 5, at 7 p.m. The Friday concert admission is $15 advance purchase or $20 at the door.