Matsuri 2010

Updates

The pride and joy of the Santa Fe JIN group is the annual matsuri (festival) held each year in downtown Santa Fe. With over 5000 people attending last year's matsuri, this year's matsuri is expected to be a huge success.

We hope that you'll join us for this year's matsuri, and while we know that it's a ways off, March will be here before we know it. Committees have already started to make their preparations, and could certainly use your help! If you'd like to do more than just attend the 2010 matsuri, consider being a volunteer. It's an opportunity to be a part of something truly exceptional and to see a side of Japanese culture in Santa Fe that you'll never forget!

The Samurai

Santa Fe JIN celebrates the Samurai culture in our sixth Japanese Cultural Festival. Why has the JIN selected the Samurai theme for this year? This description of the Samurai Culture may help explain.

The word Samurai is an eighth century term for the class of professional warriors who served the aristocratic "daimyos" or landowners of Japan. Through centuries of warfare, the ever-shifting alliances of Samurai and daimyos struggled relentlessly for land and power. At last, from the Sengoku Jidai, "the age of battles", beginning in the late 15th century, there emerged three extraordinary leaders who pursued the vision of unifying Japan under a single ruler: Oda Nobunaga, his lieutenant and successor Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and finally Tokugawa Ieyasu who was also known as the Tokugawa Shogun. It was during Tokugawa's reign that Japan finally enjoyed the nearly 250 years of peace, prosperity, and isolation which came to define Japanese culture.

Sometime in the 16th century, the Shogun ordered every daimyo to travel to Edo castle, then the center of Japan's culture and government, once every two years. At first these assemblies were performed as a military drill, to test loyalty and readiness, but over the course of time these processions to Edo, now known as Tokyo, became opportunities for the daimyos to extravagantly demonstrate their wealth. The daimyos realized this biennial display called for their Samurai to become more refined and educated, and warriors thus became propagators of the arts.

During this Edo period, the code of Bushido (way of the warrior) developed, giving meaning, a code of conduct and identity to a Samurai class no longer needed to fight in peacetime. It was also during this period that many of the arts of Japan such as Ikebana, (flower arrangement), Shodo (calligraphy), and Sumie (ink painting) flourished. Chado (tea ceremony) was made popular by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of the most important leaders of the late 16th century Samurai history. Samurai also wrote poetry: the most famous poet from the feudal era, Matsuo Basho, was born into a Samurai family. Also during this time, bu-do (the martial ways) such as Kendo, Judo, and Aikido evolved.

The era of the Samurai ultimately ended due to the modern world forcing itself on Japan in the mid-19th century, but the ideals, spirit, strength, and culture of the Samurai never died.

Sponsors and Supporters

Sante Fe JIN appreciates the dedication of volunteers and the support of sponsors and advertisers, all working to make JIN's annual matsuri a possibility and keep it a free event for all those who like to attend.

For our sixth annual festival, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to the following generous sponsors:

  • City of Santa Fe Arts Commission
  • Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino
  • Century Bank
  • Los Alamos National Bank
  • Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Spa and Resort
  • Coca Cola Bottling Company

Special thanks go to the following contributors for their generous support:

Anonymous Heritage Hotels Smith's Food and Drug
Amanda's Flowers Il Vicino Spanish Table
Applebee's Jinja Steaksmith
Aromoland Kansha Japanese Acupuncture Sunflower Farmer's Market
Arthur Goetz La Fonda Santa Fe The Pantry
Body NM Dept. of Cultural Affairs Tomasitas
Casa Sena Outback Steakhouse Trader Joes
China Star Pharmaca TriAngel Publishers
Clafoutis French Bakery & Rest. Plaza Cafe Southside Tribes Coffeehouse
Delicasa Saigon Cafe Valdes Corporation
Den's Tea Sam's Club Vanessie's
El Rancho de Las Golondrinas SF Baking Company Wecks (Albuquerque)
Ezaki Glico USA Corp. SF Capital Grill Wheelwright Museum
Flying Tortilla SF Chamber Music Festival Wild Birds Unlimited
Genoveva Chavez Center SF School for the Arts and Sciences Whole Foods
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum SF Southern Railway Yummy Cafe
Japanese Ame. Nat. Museum LA Skyline Salon