The 2nd annual Aki Matsuri: Celebrating Children and Culture attracted hundreds to the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii Sunday.
The fall festival honors Hawaii’s children and traditions brought by Japanese immigrants to Hawaii by commemorating the Japanese traditions of Bunka no Hi or “Culture Day” and Shichi Go San or “Seven, Five, Three Festival.”
“It’s a day that families bring their young children to dress them in elegant kimono, zori, and take family photos and the children are blessed for a safe and healthy future,” said Carol Hayashino, President and Executive Director of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.
Event goers enjoyed entertainment by a number of children’s groups, hands-on activities, a variety of food vendors and a craft fair.
“These cultural festivals are important, it’s a way for Japanese Americans to continue to promote the cultural traditions of Japan,” Hayashino said. “Many of the cultural practices of Japan are practiced today and it’s a way to keep our culture and our arts alive.”
The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii strives to strengthen our diverse community by educating present and future generations in the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawaii.