Sonoma - Napa News
Sonoma County welcomes Japanese Arts Festival2 May 2013 1:16 PM
With its Mediterranean climate and France- and Italy-inspired vineyard culture, it's easy to see the European influence in Sonoma County, but the region is also indebted to Japanese culture. Throughout California, traditional Japanese food and arts exert a strong pull, and an upcoming festival in Sonoma County intends to pay homage to these influences.
The Matsuri Japanese Arts Festival, which will be held between 11 AM and 5 PM on Saturday, June 1 at Juilliard Park, allows owners of Wine Country real estate and guests to explore the many artistic traditions of this beloved country. Free and open to the public, this event is a great way to celebrate the summer and learn more about everything from taiko drumming to traditional Japanese dancing.
Indeed, music is set to play a large role in this popular event. Taiko drummers - who play large, handmade drums - will be on hand to treat attendees to classic (often frenetic) performances. Additionally, experienced singers and actors will entertain fans with songs and skits from the country's long history.
However, music is only part of the spectacle. Lovers of Japanese art forms like calligraphy and origami will be in luck, as experts in these fields will be providing demonstrations throughout the event. Working with materials like ceramics, wood and prints, artists will be able to provide insight into a wide range of classic Japanese art forms.
For those who want something a little more active, live martial arts demonstrations will likely fit the bill. Whether you're an experienced practitioner or just someone with a desire to learn more about these age-old combat forms, these displays will be a great way to get a new perspective on everything from jiu jistsu to judo.