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Interview: Aki Matsuri Festival this weekend!

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Japanese Chamber of Commerce President Carole Hayashino along with members of the Kenshikan Kendo Club joined us on "Sunrise" this morning to talk about the upcoming festival and to do a live demonstration for our audience.  We were joined by Leighton Hara (kendo group spokesperson) and doing the demonstration was son Leland Hara (6-years-old), Garrett Matsumoto (kendo sensei) & son Brandyn Matsumoto (10-years-old) – Kenshikan Kendo Club

Aki Matsuri is our fall festival that honors Hawai'i's children as well as the many Japanese traditions and cultural arts that are still practiced today. We will be commemorating Bunka no Hi or "Culture Day" and Shichi Go San or "Seven, Five, Three Festival," Shichi Go San is a festival where families have their children dress up in elegant kimono and zori and get blessed for a safe and healthy future. November 3 is traditionally known as Bunka no Hi or Culture Day in Japan. Around this date, many festivals and events are held to promote and spread the various cultural arts of Japan. Aki Matsuri will celebrate both of these traditions in one fun-filled day.

Festival goers can enjoy entertainment by a number of children's groups, hands-on activities, a variety of food vendors, a craft fair, and the Things Japanese Sale. This event is open to the public and admission to the festival is free.
 
Kendo, literally "the Way of the Sword." This group has been participating in JCCH festivals for many years. The Kenshikan Kendo Club will be one of many performance groups entertaining festival attendees throughout the day.

Date and Time: Sunday, November 22, 2015 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i, 2454 South Beretania Street
Description: Join us for our 2nd Annual Aki Matsuri: Celebrating Children and Culture on November 22. 

The fall festival honors Hawai'i's children and traditions brought by Japanese immigrants to Hawai'i by commemorating the Japanese traditions of Bunka no Hi or "Culture Day" and Shichi Go San or "Seven, Five, Three Festival." Festival goers can enjoy entertainment by a number of children's groups, hands-on activities, a variety of food vendors, a craft fair, and the Things Japanese Sale. This event is open to the public and admission to the festival is free.

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