Hilo — Kodomo No Matsuri Slated For May 10

Kodomo No Matsuri 2014 Poster REV(Media release) — The Hilo-based Japanese Community Association of Hawaii is sponsoring their 7th biennial Kodomo No Matsuri on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Sangha Hall.  Admission is free and open to the public.

 Hiroshi Suga, president of the association remarked that, “the  festival is being planned for children of all ages to enjoy and learn about Japanese culture and arts.  This year will be especially exciting with the addition of a Kendama performance, demo and competition!”

We are very excited to have the staff from RAZOR Pearlridge Uptown, performing and demonstration and conducting the Kendama competition.  They are also providing the prizes for three winners!  The grand prize is an Emperor Kendama, valued at $185; Jumbo Kendama and a Cherry Wood pro-Kendama.   They will also conduct mini-contests with other prizes.  Registration at event begins at 11:30 with competition to follow.  There is no fee to enter the competition but is limited to 150, from ages 5-17.

The day begins with a performance by Hui Okinawa’s Shishimai dog to welcome everyone to the event and the very popular Puna Taiko.  Starting at 10:30, the activities begin with: Free Make and take activities:  Bonsai, Kazeguruma (pin wheel); Kabuto hat, Origami, Oshibana (pressed flower art), Washi Chigiri-e (torn paper art), Mokuhanga (block printing), Takoage (kitemaking).  Fee activities include: Sakana tsuri (catch live fish); Shashin Satsuai (picture taking).  Learn:  Go, Hanafuda, taiko, life cycle of a silk worm, and somen nagashi.

Japanese Calligraphy by experienced calligraphers will be available to write your name on Hanshi (rice) paper which can be framed and given as gifts.  There is a fee.

Look for Doraemon the Japanese Manga cat!    Food booths, with ono food and snacks!

Kodomo No Matsuri is sponsored by:  Sakura :  Big Island Candies, Isemoto Contracting Co., Ltd.; Matsu sponsor:  Suisan Company, Limited;

Ume:  Bank of Hawaii, Big Island Toyota, Fukunaga  Electrical, HPM Building Supply Foundation; Iris Kuwaye, State Farm Insurance; Robert & Alice Fujimoto Foundation; Sidney Fuke, Planning Consultant; RAZOR Pearlridge Uptown.

The Japanese Community Association of Hawaii, a non-profit organization with a membership of 375 families.  It was formed in 1971 to perpetuate and promote the Japanese culture and to foster international relationship with cities in Japan.  The JCA sponsors three major cultural events, “Kodomo No Matsuri” (Children’s Day Festival) and “Bunka No Hi” (Japanese Culture Day), and Nikkeikigyo (enterprise of Japanese ancestry), honoring longstanding companies in East Hawaii and recently at its inaugural event, honored Suisan & Co., Ltd. and I. Kitagawa Co., Ltd., established in Hilo 1905 and 1907, respectively.  The event is a benefit for a newly formed JCAH scholarship which will benefit students whose major is in Japanese studies.

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