2011 SEJSCC Matsuri
Every year, usually over the last full weekend of July, the
Southeast Japanese School and Community Center
holds its summer matsuri (cultural festival).
This year it will be held July 23 and 24.
Most of the groups at the Center participate in the matsuri, for example by
putting on a demonstration or exhibition, operating a game booth, or
selling food. Norwalk Kendo Dojo does all three!
We need everyone's help at this time: kenshi, parents, siblings, extended
family, and friends.
See the carnival page for details.
- teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef, and yakisoba booth
- goldfish toss booth (ping pong balls in fish bowl)
- kendo demonstration Saturday
In addition, the Center invites everyone to participate in the following
Ondo (Japanese folk music) has been a part of the summer matsuri ever since
- A variety of folk dances are performed, some utilizing fans,
tenugui, wooden clappers, or other implements.
- Classes are held every Monday and Thursday in July prior to the
matsuri, from 7:30pm.
This year the first class will be held on Tuesday July 5th,
since July 4th is a Monday.
- When attending Monday keiko during July,
do not park in the
front parking lot near the ondo circle,
and be careful of the ondo participants, especially small children.
- Performers typically wear kimono or happi coats, but people in
street clothes are also encouraged to spontaneously join in during
- The idea is to not to be embarassed about lack of skill, nor be
too prideful, but just to have fun and enjoy it.
Soran bushi, a folk song from Hokkaido (the northernmost island in Japan), is
relatively new to the summer matsuri.
- The traditional
version is somewhat slow.
- In the 1980's,
a PE teacher reinvented
it and gave it a faster, more exciting beat.
- Many renditions of this faster soran bushi now exist, for example
and it is has even been used in Japanese serials like
developed by Julie Koga of the
Hikari Taiko group,
is specifically designed to allow a wide range of participation,
from young people to senior citizens, each according to their physical
- Julie conducted two one-hour training sessions after kendo
practice on Monday June 27 and July 18.
A good time was had by all who attended these sessions.
- Thank you to the brave souls (Makino Kentaro, Yoon Brian,
Kodama Jean, Domen Sumi, Yoshimura Steve, Toh Shauna,
Yoon Courtney, Hahn Danielle, and Lee Anna)
who performed on Saturday at the matsuri in keikogi and hakama!
It was awesome that kendo had its own row in the performance.