Matsuri 2012


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 2012 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!

Japanese Pop Culture

Today, the pop culture of Japan acts in many respects as an ambassador for the Japanese people. This is particularly true in the United States, given the long history of cultural and economic exchange with Japan. In fact, pop culture has become on of the best-known exports of Japan. It has become internationally recognized and is considered to be one of the most influential art forms.

Take Japanese fashion, for example. It is known worldwide for setting the trend of cutting edge style. One quality that is expressed through fashion (and in many other areas of Japanese culture) is "kawaii", or loveable cuteness. Kawaii fashion has influenced American markets through the importation of cute characters, as well as through the clothing lines and fashion choices of public figures such as American pop singer Gwen Stefani.

Manga (graphic novels) and anime (animated TV shows and movies) have also gained acknowledgement and prestige, while creators such as Hayao Miyazaki have become household names. Furthermore, manga and anime have sparked a host of related cultural forms. Cosplay, in which participants don costumes intended to represent particular characters in literature, comics, and film, is a popular example. Manga, anime, and fashion represent just a limited sampling of Japanese pop cultre. Japan is also famous for its cinema and J-pop, or Japanese pop music, is a thriving industry, with related activities such as karaoke making inroads into American leisure culture. Japanese popular culture is truly a diverse and dynamic fact of Japanese life.


Stage Schedule

10:00am    Opening Remarks: Performance by Santa Fe JIN Language School Students
10:15am    Norio Hayakawa: Solo artist. Specializing in Japanese “Oldies but Goodies”
10:50am     Chado: The Way of Tea demonstration by Chado New Mexico

The art of Japanese tea, or Chado, is a way to calm the mind, soothe the spirit, and share a special time away from the concerns of everyday life. 

11:30am     Chizuko Matsumoto and her students: Traditional Japanese Dance
12:20pm     Japanese Pop Fashion Show by Santa Fe Community College Design Club with Snake The Fire Dancers
1:10pm      Seshami Street Boys: Special Guests from Japan.  Shamisen (Japanese 3-stringed instruments) musical comedy duo
2:00pm      Shihori: Special Guest from Japan.  Anime/Pop singer songwriter
2:50pm      Koji Nakamura: a Master Taiko drummer and teacher for over 25 years.  Grammy winner in 2008   
                   Madi Sato: Santa Fe local singer songwriter
3:30pm     Yukiko Matsuyama: Fusion Koto player.  Grammy winner in 2010
4:20pm      Smokin’ Bachi Taiko: Santa Fe’s innovative Taiko drumming group
4:50pm      Scholarship winner announcement /  Closing Remarks