Arizona Matsuri will feature a wide variety of unique and educational exhibitors around the festival grounds.
AARTA Akita Advocates Relocation Team Arizona
Arizona Multicultural Heritage Alliance
Arizona Bunjinkan Ninpo & Budo Kai
Arizona Gakuen School
Arizona Shiba Inu Rehabilitation and Relocation Team
Asian Pacific American Studies
ASU School of International Letters and Cultures
Betty Fairfax High School Japanese Club
Consulate General of Japan Los Angeles
Highland High School Japan Club
Japanese Dolls and Kabuki Prints
Northern Arizona University
Ping Wei Ikebana
Teen Artist Guild-Anime and Manga Art Show
Through Each Others Eyes
Valley Vista High School Japanese Club
Yo Takimoto Wood Carving
Arizona 6th Annual Haiku Poetry Contest Exhibition
Drop by the Arizona Matsuri's 6th annual Haiku Poetry expo booth to see the selected winners from this year's Arizona inspired haiku contest. We will also be displaying the outstanding entries from last three year's haiku poetry contest. Additionally, we will have a display of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu Poems which are a classical Japanese anthology of one hundred Japanese waka style poems written by one hundred poets.
We accept entries from authors accross the State in 6 categories. For more information and to see a collection of all the Outstanding and Honorable Mention Winners from last year and this year, visit the haiku exhibition. Download a free e-Book of all the winners from previous years by visiting the haiku page here.
Japan and US Airline Ticket Raffle
Japan Airlines & American Airlines $1.00 Ticket Raffle
We will be raffling off roundtrip airlines tickets with raffle tickets being sold for only $1.00 each and volume discounts applied when purchasing multiple tickets. American Airlines will raffle one (2) US domestic economy class roundtrip ticket and Japan Airlines will raffle off one (1) economy roundtrip ticket to Japan. Restrictions apply so please inquire before purchasing your lucky ticket(s). The drawing will take place on Sunday afternoon at 4:45 PM, and winners do not need to be present to win. The lucky winners will be contacted by phone/text message soon after the drawing takes place.
Drop by the Japan Airlines and American Airlines booth to learn about their flight destinations and excellent services offered by festival sponsors Japan Airlines and American Airlines. Japan Airines will have children sized pilot uniforms on hand for kids to put on and pose for a memorable photo, free of charge. And be sure to say hello and meet some of the volunteer Japan Airlines pilots who are training out in the East Valley in Mesa.
Visit our sponsor's website and social media channels and begin planning your trip to Japan now!
Photo Booth by Valentino with Twisted Manga
Visit the photo booth located near the Lath House to have a professional quality photo taken of you and your friends in front of several picturesque Japanese backgrounds that you can select. Photographer Valentino Escada will print the photo which you can then share with family and friends on social media and tell them about your sudden trip to Japan (at the Arizona Matsuri). Check out the gallery of some of the photo booth pictures from last year's Arizona Matsuri on Twisted Manga's Facebook page here
The overlay photo booth effects are used to add depth to the photos giving it a very real look and feel. Using modern technology, Valentino can quickly transform whatever Japan background image you like into a memorable photo. Perhaps you want a photo booth effect to make it look as though the photo was taken in front of Mount Fuji or a famous Temple in Kyoto.
Arizona Matsuri will feature these cultural exhibits at the ASU Downtown Campus Main Gate.
Fushicho (Phoenix) Daiko perform both traditional and original Taiko songs with power, energy, skill and joy. Traditional instruments and colorful costumes add to the excitement. The combination of sound, movement, instruments and teamwork create a dynamic, spellbinding audience experience. A Matsuri favorite for 20+ years! Performing both days.
Ken Koshio will lead Koshio Gumi in a highly energetic taiko drum performance in the Spirit of WA (Peace and Harmony). Stop by their exhibit and meet members and instructors, learn about the events scheduled around the valley and interested parties can learn about joining the group or having them perform at one of your own events.