Matsuri 2019

Matsuri '19 Poster

Matsuri '19, 3/31/2019 (Press Release)
at Ross Sports Center, St. Michael's College

The Japan-America Society of Vermont (JASV) and Saint Michael’s College are presenting Matsuri ‘19, a Japanese Cultural Festival on Sunday, March 31 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Ross Sports Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, Vermont.

“Matsuri is the Japanese word for festival. I grew up in Japan with Matsuri three times a year, spring, summer and fall,” said Toshi Saitoh, the president of the JASV, who moved to the United States 21 years ago. “Japan was a rice country. In the spring, we all prayed for a good rice harvest. We danced together at our local shrines to the sound of drums and enjoyed several cultural entertainments. In the summer, we danced to forget the hot summer. In the fall, we gathered at the shrines again and thanked the gods for giving us a good harvest and we again enjoyed ourselves.” Toshi added, “Matsuri in Vermont is more than that. The JASV developed the concept further and added many events, creating and bringing a Japanese cultural festival right to your door with its sights, sounds, smells and tastes. Local artisans in Vermont help to make this all possible by volunteering their time and skills. There are so many amazing people participating!”

Over two dozen booths and 50 nine-foot tables will provide opportunities for the festival attendees to get hands on experience with Japanese arts and crafts. Visitors can try on a kimono, have their names written in Katakana characters, fold a paper crane, or fish rubbing. Local artisans will be hosting displays of bonsai plants, flower arrangements, pottery and other crafts. A publisher will be selling books about Japanese culture. There will be games for both adults and children to play and foods to buy.

The Matsuri stage area features a wide assortment of entertainment, including a Taiko (drum) performance, Koto music, martial arts, Kyudo (zen archery), Japanese dance, high school dance, Children's Japanese speech and Bon Odori (line dance.) Door prizes will be awarded several times throughout the day.

Mr. Rokuichiro Michii, the Consul General of Japan in Boston will be setting up a One-Day Consulate to assist anyone with registration, Japanese passport, visa needs or questions.

Admission tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens and $20 for families (preschoolers are free). More information about Matsuri ‘19 is available at the JASV web site,

                                          Center Stage Events

                                             Masters of Ceremonies:
                                                  Nicole Rohrig, Hannah Batchelder

                     11:00 Opening with the National Anthems of Japan and The USA
                                  University of Vermont, Trumpets (A.J. Banach & Larry Solt),
                                  Horn (Lauren Rayson), Trombone (Mei Endo), Tuba (Yutaka Kono)
                     11:10 Opening Remarks
                                 Rokuichiro Michii, Consul General of Japan in Boston
                                 Patrick J. Gallivan, Vice President of Saint Michael's College 
                                 Christy Bahr, Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership
                                 Toshiharu Saitoh, President of Japan America Society of Vermont
                     11:30 Koto Performance
                                 Kyoko Davis, Middlebury College,
                                 Mutsumi Corson, University of Vermont
                                 Michiko Oishi, Champlain College
                     11:55 Nihon Buyo, Japanese Traditional Dance
                                 Katelyn Hudson, Jean-Marie Mallichamp, Barb Lindberg, Jackie Milton,
                                 Genny Mathieu, Niquette Bergeron, and Vicki Milton 
12:20 Noh Dance, Kiyotsune
                                Takashi Yamamura from Osaka, Japan
                     12:45 Taiko Performance
                                Burlington Taiko (Stuart Paton Shisho)
                     1:25 Aikido/Iaido Demonstration
                                Aikido of Champlain Valley and Vermont Aikido
                     1:55 Sing & Dance Performance  
                                Essex High School
                     2:15 Karate Demonstration
                                Karate Association of Vermont
                     2:20 Door Prize Drawing (Kihachiro Umezaki, JASV)
                     2:30 Midd-Rangers (Hero Show) Episode 17: A St. Michael's
                                Middlebury College     
                     2:55 Japanese Speech
                              Tara Ditch and Lisa Carter, JASV's Japanese Language Class
                     3:20 Bon Odori - Japanese Folk Dance
                              All participants, led by Yukari Dougherty (Essex High School)
                              Essex H.S., Middlebury College, Burlington Taiko, - -
                     3:45 Door Prize Drawing (Kihachiro Umezaki, JASV)
                     3:55 Zen Archery Performance
                              Vermont Kyudo
                     4:20 Finale by Taiko
                              University of Vermont Taiko Club
                     4:35 Door Prize Drawing (Kihachiro Umezaki, JASV)
                     4:45 Closing Remarks (Matthew Carter, Vice-President, JASV)
                     4:50 Closing with Trumpet (Larry Solt, Former President, JASV)

About the Japan-America Society of Vermont (JASV):

The Japan-America Society of Vermont (JASV) is a nonpolitical, nonprofit volunteer organization founded in 1981. The Society seeks to improve cross cultural understanding and mutually beneficial interaction between Japanese and Vermont individuals, families, businesses and other organizations. The society’s web site is The JASV and Saint Michael’s College presented the first Matsuri in 1985 and have celebrated the festival biennially since then. This is the 17th Matsuri. More information related to Matsuri is available at the JASV web site, or email

The Japan-America Society of Vermont
123 Ethan Allen Avenue
Colchester, Vermont 05446
E-mail :

Matsuri '17 Press Release

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One Day Japanese Consulate

At Matsuri ’17 the Consulate General of Japan in Boston will organize a “One-day Japanese Consulate” at the venue, Saint Michael's College Sports Center. Following are the invitation details. Please click,

You will be able to pick up a Japanese passport or certificate there if you submit an application for each business to the Consulate no later than March 15, 2017. Please email or call the consulate beforehand.

Consulate General of Japan in Boston: TEL 617-973-9772


Financial Support for Noh Dance Performance at Matsuri '17

We are very happy to announce that the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership will be supporting a large percentage of the expense of a Noh performer invitation to Matsuri '17.

Mr. Takashi Yamamura from Japan will perform "Kiyotsune" dance on stage and will open a workshop in his booth.

Free Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry's Corporation will be donating ice cream to serve the Matsuri '17 audience. It will be served at the Ben & Jerry's booth at the venue. First come first served. We appreciate their generosity.