Press Release

January 20, 2016

 

Immediate Release By: J. Carro, 480.495.8924 c. 
jc@MarketingIdeals.com

Arizona Matsuri
P.O. Box 35035

Phoenix, AZ 85069
General Information – azmatsuri.haiku@gmail.com
General Information – 602.262.5029

Plan To Go
32nd Annual Arizona Matsuri: A Festival of Japan
Saturday & Sunday, 2/27 & 28, 2016
Opens @ 10am both days
FREE Event Admission

Heritage and Science Park
115 North Sixth St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Southwest corner of 7th Street & Monroe

2016 Theme: Momotaro. Momotaro means “Peach Boy”, who was born in a peach and traveled with a dog, pheasant and monkey. Momotaro conquered demons through his travels and became a hero of Japan.

 

Phoenix ~ The 32nd Annual Matsuri takes over Heritage & Science Park in downtown Phoenix on Saturday and Sunday, February 27 & 28, 2016. This two-day celebration features colorful displays of authentic Japanese art, crafts, and entertainment. Traditional Japanese food and merchandise are also for sale.

 

For 2016, the festival committee chose the theme Momotaro means “Peach Boy”, who was born in a peach and traveled with a dog, pheasant and monkey. Momotaro conquered demons through his travels and became a hero of Japan

 

The Arizona Matsuri planning committee is inviting all residents of Arizona to participate in the 2nd Annual Haiku Expo scheduled to take place at the Festival. In the spirit of raising awareness of the arts and culture of Japan to the people of Arizona, the committee challenges everyone to write their own Arizona-inspired Haiku and submit it to the Haiku Poetry Expo.

 

Haiku poetry typically contains a reference to images of nature. They use simple concrete images of things we can see, smell, taste, touch, or feel. The best haiku poems reveal the essence of a thing so clearly that the reader can experience the momentary scene or insight that inspired the author.

Haiku Poetry Expo is an event associated with the 32nd Annual Arizona Matsuri: A Festival of Japan:

 

  •   Submission Period: November 16 through February 17, 2016

  •   Entry restrictions: Limited to Arizona residents

  •   Cost: Free of charge

  •   Categories: Six (Students, Adults, Japanese Language)

  •   Submission Limit 3 Haiku poems per author

 

The Arizona Matsuri Planning Committee formed the Haiku Project last year (back by popular demand), with John Sachen as Chair. John is a native Phoenician who has recently returned to his home town after nearly 30 years of residency in Japan. John comments, “Our primary objective is to raise awareness among the children and adults of Arizona of the simplicity and beauty of composing and experiencing Japanese poetry. We encourage all to participate by submitting their own Arizona-inspired Haiku.” We had over 600 entries from across Arizona in our first year's event and more than 100 were selected for publication in our freely downloadable Haiku Expo 2015 e-Book.

 

Selected Haiku from each category will be displayed at the Arizona Matsuri Haiku booth and published online. Entrants may submit up to three Haiku and the author will retain copyright to their poems. What is HAIKU: Haiku is an ancient unrhymed Japanese form of poetry. Generally written in three short lines with a total of 10 to 17 syllables, Haiku convey a vivid message. Haiku typically contain references to nature. Haiku use simple, concrete images of our senses -- things we can see, smell, taste, touch and/or feel. The poem should contain a sentence fragment (one line) and a phrase (two lines with a complete thought). The fragment can be either the first line or the third line. Haiku typically do not make use of capitalization, punctuation or titles. The best Haiku reveal the essence of a thing so clearly that the reader can experience the momentary scene or insight that inspired the author.

 

2015 Haiku Expo Outstanding Entry

Blazing ball of flame

giving all its lavish heat

to our arid land

 

Sean N.

BASIS Ahwatukee, Grade 8 Phoenix, AZ

 

More Highlights:

Fugetsudo, a popular confectionary shop in Little Tokyo, LA will have a booth selling mochi (Fugetsudo has been in business for over 110 years...their owner, Brian Kito will be on site.

 

Author Sunny Seki will be out from LA and will share the story of Momotaro. He will also be selling copies of his new children's book: The Little Kokeshi Doll from Fukushima.

 

There will be several Rakugo performers (a form of Japanese comedy). There is info on the website.

 

Check AZMatsuri.org for news about scheduled entertainment.

 

 

Supported by: The Arizona Matsuri Planning Committee, Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, Phoenix Sister Cities Commission/Himeji Committee, Japanese American Citizens League, Arizona Buddhist Temple, Desert Cross Community Church, the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, The Japanese Culture Club of AZ and the Japanese Business Association of Arizona along with many other individual benefactors and supporters.

Admission to attend the festival is FREE!

 

For more details, please call Heritage Square Office at 602.262.5071. Recorded information is available at 602.262.5029. Or at the website: www.azmatsuri.org and Like on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/events/307841239245552/

 

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Note to the media: Thank you for your continued support and coverage of this special event. Matsuri: A Festival of Japan has been a Phoenix favorite for years and draws 75,000 people during the course of the weekend.

 

To learn more about Matsuri, contact J. Carro 480.495.8924.c 

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