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MATSURI! Japanese Arts Festival Saturday, May 7

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MATSURI! Japanese Arts Festival
Saturday, May 7

On Saturday, May 7, MATSURI! Japanese Arts Festival will again take place in Juilliard Park and the SOFA Arts District of Downtown Santa Rosa from 11am till 5pm.

Since its beginning in 2011, the festival has grown to become recognized as one of the signature cultural festivals in the North Bay. The festival's goal is to offer deep insights into Japanese culture, increasing the participation of Bay Area artisans, artists, and performers of authentic Japanese traditional arts.

The free-to-the-public festival will set up a stage in Juilliard Park and offer non-stop Japanese traditional entertainment in the forms of taiko drumming, traditional dancing and singing, Gagaku ensemble, and martial arts demonstrations. Also, there will be a variety of exhibitors and vendors who bring Japanese arts, crafts clothing, and food. This year, the festival will have a children's activity booth.

The proceeds from the raffle at the festival will go to the Matsuri Scholarship Fund, which supports individuals and organizations in Sonoma County who study or teach Japanese culture in the community.

In addition, this year, a portion of the festival proceeds will be donated to relief efforts in five-year commemoration of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

"We are very pleased to continue offering traditional and authentic Japanese culture first-hand in Sonoma County," says Henry Kaku, Sonoma Matsuri Board President. Kaku states, "This year, we are excited to welcome new food vendors and a new performing arts group.  The festival is growing, thanks to the community's strong support."

As a prelude to the festival, Sonoma County Matsuri will offer a special evening concert Haru no Yo: Shakuhachi Music for Spring Evening by Grand Master Riley Lee, a highly acclaimed shakuhachi player on Friday, May 6 at 7pm. It will be held at the Church of One Tree in Santa Rosa. Ticket are $15 advance sale and $20 at the door.

For more information about the Matsuri Festival and the pre-festival concert, please visit www.sonomamatsuri.com or contact info@sonomamatsuri.com.

Sonoma County Matsuri Festival is a non-profit organization based in Santa Rosa.  Its mission is to share and promote Japanese arts and culture by providing educational opportunities and better intercultural understanding in the greater Bay Area.