Matsuri 2018

Matsuri originated as a traditional solemn temple festival in Japan, but now brings people together to celebrate the end of summer with Asian-inspired food, performances, art, crafting, dance and more.

The Fourth annual Japan House Matsuri Festival will be held on Sunday, September 9th from 2:00 - 9:00 pm, in and around Japan House and the Arboretum at the University of Illinois.

Matsuri, a family-friendly event, will feature martial arts demonstrations and musical performances, local craft vendors, Asian-inspired food, children’s activities, as well as the crowd favorite Masaji Terasawa, Candy Man, a Japanese street performer whose amezaiku creations are truly ephemeral art pieces.

In celebration of the Japan House 20th anniversary, the festival this year will be an expanded version of years past. New highlights include tours of the Arboretum by Master Gardeners, live art demonstrations, tea ceremonies by International Urasenke Associations, specialty beers brewed by Triptych Brewing, sake tastings from Maverick Wines, and performances by internationally known Japanese all-female rock bands the 5, 6, 7, 8’s and Shonen Knife! The weekend’s events will culminate with fireworks.

Admission to the Matsuri Festival is FREE, and tickets for food and activities are budget-friendly. To purchase tickets and packages available for pre-event pick up or will-call, please click HERE.

Michael's Catering Norden Cream and Flutter Tangerine Mountain Matcha Café Green Onion/Fresh International Market Same Street Studio Soy Fabulous The Pop Stop, Inc. Broadway Food Hall. Flying Machine Coffee Pizza M Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery
Seiran Chiba Candyman Ho Etsu Taiko Ikenobo Ikebana Society of America Chado Urasenke Tankokai Urbana-Champaign Association Shonen Knife 5, 6, 7, 8's Michiyoshi Sato TASC Special Ops Jason Armour
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This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency