Hello everyone, sorry it’s been about a little over a week since my last post. I have been super busy with so many new projects and ideas.
Since I’ve been working so hard on my business and all my creations, My husband and I decided to have some fun on Sunday and we went to the Arizona Matsuri, Festival of Japan here in Phoenix.
Matsuri is the Japanese word for a festival or holiday. In Japan, festivals are usually sponsored by a local shrine or temple, though they can be secular. You can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_festivals
In Phoenix we have one to celebrate the coming of spring usually in February or March every year. This was my first time to go and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
They had these excellent Taiko drummers there. It was magnificent, you could see how much fun they were having. It was contagious and it brought a smile to my face the whole time.
The beating of the large drums was incredible, you could feel the vibration rumbling in your chest.
There were all kinds of people dressed in costumes and as anime characters because it gives us a good excuse to celebrate anything Japanese. It’s quite a celebration.
They had beautiful bonsai trees on display and a variety of interesting vendors. Wonderful food and they even had our favorite….Authentic shaved ice from Kilauea, Hawaii.
So many beautiful colors and culture.
This year’s theme was the traditional paper lanterns. They were so very beautiful too. I love the paper lanterns. I happened to catch a shot as we were leaving and a majority of the crowd had dispersed. I loved the lighting and the shadows in this one.
Well I hope you enjoyed taking a walk with me through the paper lanterns at this years Matsuri Festival.
P.S – I have been working on some new jewelry projects this weekend and I can’t wait to share them with you all. One piece is a brand new type of pendant! I really like it a lot.
I really appreciate and enjoy every single one of my readers, has anyone else ever been to a Matsuri Festival? What did you think? Did you like it? I would be thrilled to hear about it.