Best Cultural Festival - 2010
What does Phoenix have to do with Japan? Perhaps more than you know. Phoenix is a sister city to Himeji, Japan. It has a Japanese Friendship Garden. It's also home to a fantastic Japanese festival. Called Matsuri (conveniently, the Japanese word for "festival"), the annual festival features plenty of fun from the Land of the Rising Sun, whether you're an anime otaku or just a fan of yakitori. Check out performances from local taiko drummers or learn about pruning bonsai trees while sipping Ramune and munching curry pan. We're partial to kendo (Japanese sword fighting) demonstrations and rockin' out to local J-rock band Toybox.