Special Exhibits

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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