2014 Aki Matsuri at Bellevue College. • Courtesy Photo
2014 Aki Matsuri at Bellevue College. • Courtesy Photo

The 18th Annual Japanese Cultural Arts Event (Aki Matsuri) happens Saturday, September 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Bellevue College (3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue, WA 98007).

The two-day program includes martial arts demonstrations, on-stage performing arts, fine art and craft exhibit booths, Japan Business Fair Exhibits, Yatai (food kiosks), puppet shows, hands-on workshops (origami, taiko drumming, calligraphy), and more.

The Mikoshi from Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America will be on display during the two-day event. From noon on Saturday, there will be a Shinto ceremony to purify the Omikoshi followed by the Omikoshi Junkou carrying festival in the campus courtyards. Participating matsuri visitors will experience the spirit of matsuri.

Three artisans from Gifu-ken will demonstrate the crafting process of Wagasa. In addition, Edo (Tokyo) Yuzen-Zome, Rou Shippō, and Ikkan-bari artists from Japan will host a hands-on workshop. For more info, visit www.enma.org.

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