Do you think you’re turning Japanese? Do you think you’re turning Japanese? Do you really think so?
Well then grab your kimonos and katanas and bring them to Heritage Square on Saturday, February 22, for Arizona Matsuri. This 30th annual festival – matsuri is actually Japanese for “festival” – is a celebration of everything the land of the rising sun has given us, from sushi to sake, karate to karaoke, Bonsai trees and sumo to mahjong and George Takei. The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. with the Matsuri Parade – in which anyone wearing Japanese attire can participate – and continues throughout the day with showcases of Japanese food and drink, art displays, live music, and martial arts demonstrations.
Say konnichiwa to Matsuri 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23, at Heritage and Science Park, 115 North Sixth Street. Admission is free. Visit www.azmatsuri.org for more.