Wooden Lanterns, Shinkansen Making Experience and Japanese History in 3D Displays at CREATE
 

The Arizona Science Center's CREATE will be holding a special workshop during the Arizona Matsuri where participants will construct their own wooden lantern or shinkansen train that can be race against others on a track. View a rare Japanese Friendship Doll,  Miss Kagoshima, presented to the U.S. following WWI in CREATE at Arizona Science Center.  Be sure to check out the display of 3D printed models of iconic Japanese history and culture. 

There will be a materials fee associated with each project. Parents may accompany child to assist in this project. 

 

At CREATE™, people of all ages can share ideas, collaborate on projects and learn about science, technology, engineering, math and art through making. By using state-of-the-art, computer-controlled equipment and traditional crafting tools, visitors will have the chance to cut, saw, code, hammer, sew, paint, solder, and much more!  To learn more about CREATE and register online visit the CREATE  website here

Chandler Museum: CULTURE, HISTORY, ART
 

Chandler Museum will have its brand new banner exhibit on display, recounting the history of Japanese American incarceration during World War II at Gila River Internment Camp.  Visitors to the Museum's booth can also make a paper crane to contribute to the community-wide 16,655 Paper Cranes Project, one crane for each individual who was incarcerated at the internment camp.

 

The Project will be on display as part of Chandler Museum's exhibit, Un-American: Japanese Internment in our Backyard, February 7 through Summer 2017.

 

Chandler Museum: CULTURE, HISTORY, ART
 

Chandler Museum will have its brand new banner exhibit on display, recounting the history of Japanese American incarceration during World War II at Gila River Internment Camp.  Visitors to the Museum's booth can also make a paper crane to contribute to the community-wide 16,655 Paper Cranes Project, one crane for each individual who was incarcerated at the internment camp.

 

The Project will be on display as part of Chandler Museum's exhibit, Un-American: Japanese Internment in our Backyard, February 7 through Summer 2017.

 

Special Exhibits

Arizona Matsuri will feature these and other cultural exhibits at the 2020 Festival

Indian School Visitors Center Gallery

Kokeshi Dolls, by Nancy Wilson
Kokeshi, are Japanese dolls, originally from northern Japan. They are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk and an enlarged head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face. The body has a floral design painted in red, black, and sometimes yellow, and covered with a layer of wax. One characteristic of kokeshi dolls is their lack of arms or legs. The bottom is marked with the signature of the artist. They are exchanged amongst friends with written messages stored within them as tokens of friendship.  Nancy Wilson has quite an impressive collection of Kokeshi Dolls which she will have on display at this year's matsuri festival.
Hiroshima Calling Poster Exhibit
Promoting peace and education through art and cultural exchange. There are only two cities that experienced the Atomic Bomb – Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. These two cities have offered Atomic Bomb poster exhibits to every state in the US through the end of 2008. The Arizona exhibit, “Hiroshima Calling” is sponsored by WYVEAA (World Youth Visit Exchange Association of Arizona, 501c-3) in Collaboration with local artist and musician Ken Koshio. It is said that the uranium used to make the Atomic bomb that was dropped on Japan was taken from Native lands of Northern Arizona. It is of great historical importance for an Atomic bomb survivor to visit this place and to connect with the people of Arizona through art and culture.

 

This exhibit provides an opportunity for our community to meet atomic bomb survivors guest speakers whose mission is to share and recognize our past while making a prayer for peace and hope for the youth of today that will carry us tomorrow.

Origami exhibit by the Arizona Origami Society -  Meenakshi Mukerji  
Origami is the ancient art of Japanese paper folding, an art form spanning over 1,000 years. Origami is unique among paper crafts in that it requires no materials other than the paper itself. The word "origami" comes from the Japanese language. "Ori" means folded and "kami" means paper. Paper-folding as a traditional folding art pervaded the Japanese culture more strongly than any other. Origami was first practiced in the Japanese imperial Court, where it was considered an amusing and elegant way of passing the time. Over the centuries the skill has been passed down to ordinary people, who took it up with enthusiasm and made it into the folk art that it is today.  Come visit the unique origami on display at this exhibit.
Recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Iwo Jima Flag Raising 
American Legion Ira H. Hayes Post No. 84 & Auxiliary Unit No. 84
 75th anniversary of the raising of the flag raising at Iwo Jima
Ira Hamilton Hayes was a Pima Native American and a United States Marine who was one of the six flag raisers immortalized in the iconic photograph of the flag raising on Iwo Jima during World War II.
Haiku Poetry Expo

​The 5th Annual Haiku Poetry contest had over 1000 participants and we will have more than 100 Outstanding Haiku on display from this year's contest as well as another 100 from last year's contest.  Please stop by and read a few of the many Arizona-inspired haiku.

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