The 12th Annual Japanese Cultural Arts Event (Aki Matsuri)

Date: September 12 and 13, 2009
Time: Saturday (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Location: Bellevue College (BC), Main Campus
Buildings: Gym, C-Bldg. & R-Bldg.
3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue, WA 98007
Contact: [email protected]
Website: (has links to BC & Campus Map)
Cost: Admission & Parking are free. Fees apply to some workshops.

Japan comes to Bellevue College for a weekend! A two-day program of Japanese cultural and educational events for all ages. Join with thousands of other visitors to celebrate Japan’s traditional and rich cultural heritage.

The matsuri includes 2 full days of on-stage Japanese Performing Arts, Japanese Martial Art demos by local dojo members, Puppet Shows based on Japanese Folk Tales, Tea Ceremony demonstrations in the Teahouse, 65+ Exhibit booths, and Japanese food booths. Browse through “Nomi-no-ichi … a Japanese style flea market” to make a lucky find! Meet with “Hello Kitty”!

This year’s features are:

Tsugaru Nuri (Lacquerware) and Tsugaru – Exhibit & on-going demonstration by Tsugaru Nuri Craft person, Kozo Fujino, and lecture on Tsugaru region (3 PM at Classroom C164 on both days) by Tsugaru District Researcher, Anthony S. Rausch (PhD), from Hirosaki, Japan.
Yakumaru Nodachi Jigenryu (one of the ancient Martial Arts of Japan) – A group of twelve (12) members from Kagoshima Headquarters and Tokyo branch of Yakumaru Nodachi Jigenryu Hozonkai lead by Head Master & President Ryuichi Higashi will give Hono Enbu demonstrations from 1 p.m. on both days. Prior to the demonstrations each day, Professor Hisashi Takahashi will give special Power Point presentations in English to introduce the history of Yakumaru Nodachi Jigenryu (12 PM at Classroom D101).
18th Annual Koi Show presented by Washington Koi & Water Garden Society with more than 200+ koi on display, judging Koi, Koi sales, lectures, and more!

Where else can you shop, eat, and browse so many diverse and interesting family activities in one location? Yes, there really is something for everyone!

To learn more about Aki Matsuri 2009, please visit