Featuring exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, children's activities, bonsai displays, Japanese food, games and contests, and stages with live entertainment.
The theme for the 2015 Arizona Matsuri will be Tanuki (Raccoon-Dog).
What is a Tanuki, you might ask…
A Tanuki is a trickster character from Japanese mythology and children's stories.
He is often depicted carrying a sake flask as he likes to have a good time; and, often he carries a bill of sale which he promises to pay but never does.
Here the tanuki appears in a children's song: a Tanuki hears a monk beating a mokugyo - a wooden block - while he chants the sutra; and the Tanuki realizes he can make the same sound by slapping his tummy. All the Tanuki's friends join him in the beautiful garden, under the full moon, and slap their tummies in time with the mokugyo.
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