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Matsuri '13 Poster

Matsuri '13. A Festival of Japan
Sunday, April 7 at Ross Sports Center, St. Michael's College

The Japan-America Society of Vermont (JASV) and St. Michael’s College are presenting Matsuri ‘13, a Festival of Japan. on Sunday, April 7 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Ross Sports Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT.

Over two dozen booths and 50 tables will provide opportunities for festival attendees to get hands-on experience with Japanese arts and crafts. Visitors can try on a kimono, sample and discuss haiku and tanka poetry, learn to write their own name in katakana characters, fold a paper crane, and other activities.  Local artisans will be hosting displays of bonsai plants, flower arrangements, pottery and other crafts. A book store and shops will be selling omiyage souvenirs.

The Opening Ceremony will feature a performance by trumpeter Larry Solt and opening remarks by The Consul-General of Japan in Boston Akira Muto, St. Michael’s College Board of Trustees Member Ms. Noriko Kameda and JASV President Richard Huestis.

Matsuri'13 Press Release

A formal press release describing the Matsuri and the Japan American Society of Vermont is available here. (

Matsuri '13 Stage Schedule (Subject to adjustment)

11:10 Opening performance by trumpeter Larry Solt
Opening remarks by
Mr. Akira Muto, The Consul-General of Japan in Boston 
Ms. Marilyn E. Cormier, St. Michael’s College Secretary of the Board of Trustees
Mr. Richard Huestis, President of JASV
11:30 Shakuhachi and Poem (David Buddbill)
11:55 Koto (Kyoko Davis,Michiko Oishi,Mutsumi Matsuhara)
12:20 Nagauta Shamisen (TOYO group)
12:50 Taiko (Burlington Taiko)
Akido/Iaido (Aikido of Champlain Valley)
High School Dance( EHS Dance Group)
  2:35 J-Club (Middlebury College)
Japanese Speech Contest (Winners from Vermont Colleges)
Bon Odori (Japanese Folk Dance: All Participants lead by Essex high school, Barlington Taiko, TOYO and Middlebury College)
  4:00 Zen Archery (Vermont Kyudo)
Grand Prize Raffle Drawing and Presentation by a representative of IACE trave.
  4:50 Closing Remarks (Toshi Saitoh, Chairman of Matsuri '13)
  4:55 Closing by Trumpet - Auld Lang Syne (Larry Solt)

(download a printable copy of Matsuri '13 program)

"One day Consulate Office" (at Matsuri'13, 11 AM - 3 PM)

The Japanese Consulate General in Boston will be offering a  "One day Consulate Office" at the Matsuri from 11 AM until 3 PM.  This visit provides a very helpful and convenient way for Japanese citizens to conduct official business such as passport renewal, resident evidence, etc, as well as  chat with the Consule General. The necessary forms are available from the JCGB's website at  (short form:

Matsuri '13 Exhibitors

Aikido of Champlain Valley
Anime Society of VT / Bakuretsu Con
Folk Art Exhibit
Game of Go
Green Across the Pacific
Gyoyaku Fish Rubbing
Haiku and Tanka Poetry
IACE Travel
Japan Consulate
Japanese Language Mini Lesson
JASV Membership
Jenny’s Japanese Stencil Dying
Kimono Try-on
Kyudo Archery (Kyudo Vermont)
Millbrook Bonsai
Omiyage Souvenier Shop
Omochya Traditional Toys
Origami Paper Folding
Tottori Art Craft Worshop
Tottori Mingei Display
Tottori Prefecture Government
Tuttle Books
Vermont Aikido
Vermont Japanese Speech Contest
Vermont Rice Farm

Matsuri '13 Food Vendors

Island Homemade Ice Cream of Grand Isle (ice cream, waffle cones)

Joyce’s Noodle House of Essex (dumplings and noodles)

Miki Bell (anpan, onigiri, zenzai, ginger tea)

Sushido of Williston

Volunteers Needed
Matsuri is not possible without the help of a large number of volunteers. All volunteers have free entry to Matsuri, and will be registered in advance for the name badge. If you are interested in volunteering, check our volunteer page .


JASV, Last updated April 4, 2013