Natsu Matsuri 2011 – Goal to Raise Funds for Japan
When: July 2, 2011, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Uwajimaya Plaza parking lot (10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton)
The exciting Natsu Matsuri 2011 (Summer Festival 2011) is a non-commercial, family-friendly traditional Japanese summer festival centered on culture and Japanese games, foods, music and dance – just like the countless neighborhood and community festivals held throughout Japan each summer. So gather up the family and come enjoy delicious Japanese shaved ice, grilled corn, yakisoba, and lots of other delicious festival foods, fun activities, and great entertainment at Oregon’s very own traditional Japanese Summer Festival.
Takohachi, Japanese Taiko and Dance Troupe, Portland’s most creative and exciting Japanese Taiko performers will headline the entertainment at this year’s Natsu Matsuri. Another headliner this year will be Seijiro Shimomura of Blizzard, a popular Japanese rock band in the late 1980s who opened for Journey during their Japan and Asia tour. This multitalented singer continues to perform, write, and produce music in Japan and remains popular in his home country.
Games will be a lot of fun for children of all ages, and will include traditional favorites like the yo-yo tsuri (yo-yo fishing game), shageki (rubber band shooting game), Kingyo Sukui (gold fish game), and Super ball sukui (bouncing rubber ball game) games. There will also be katanuki, a very old and rare game that uses small slabs of sugar candy that have simple shapes cut into them. Use a pushpin and skill to separate the shape without breaking it and you win a prize – and if you don’t win, you get to eat your game piece!
Donate to Japan Relief
Natsu Matsuri tee-shirts will be on sale during the festival. Additionally, there will be a silent auction with many Japan-related gifts and housewares, gift certificates, and many items donated by businesses and individuals in the community. All proceeds will go to local and Japan-based non-profit organizations to assist in the relief efforts for those affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
Natsu Matsuri 2011 is sponsored by Yoshida Foods International, Dai Ichi International Travel, Uwajimaya, Inc., and supported by Oregon Buddhist Temple, Japanese International Baptist Church of Tigard, Konko Church, Salem’s Japanese Cultural Society, Sakura Kai, Japanese Student Society of Oregon (JSSO), Friends of Japan in Oregon, Takohachi and The Yuuyake Shimbun.