Haru Matsuri

The annual Haru Matsuri (Spring Festival) was held at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Center (JCCC) in Toronto from March 5-6, 2011.

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This year’s theme was kites and there were several on display from the Kite Museum.

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Near the entrance, there was a Hinamatsuri doll display.

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Along the JCCC halls, many booths were setup just like the stalls you see in festivals in Japan.

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A children’s area was also setup to keep the little ones occupied with coloring books, origami, kite making and other fun activities.

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There were also a number of booths setup in the Kobayashi Hall.

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The Kobayashi Hall stage was the setting for traditional Japanese performances, including shamisen and koto.

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The world famous Yakudo taiko drummers also performed, including some of their young students.

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There were many traditional Japanese dance performers by the Ayumi Kei and Sakura Kai dance groups. My wife, who is a member of both groups, performed several times throughout the weekend.

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There were many young dancers who performed during the different shows.

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Next festival to be held in the JCCC will be the Natsu Matsuri in the summer. See you all there!

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