Tuesday, April 21st

What’s a matsuri? Roughly translated, it’s a festival, often put on by a local shinto shrine. The events vary by location and season, and you can read more about some of them here, but this video provides one example. Among many other traditional elements, it involves a distinct lack of social distancing, hence our decision to attempt to hold our own festival online this year.

Independence’s Uptown Matsuri is not intended to be a facsimile of a Japanese event, but rather a unique local festival celebrating our connection with our sister city in Japan and the ways that relationship has enriched our hometown culture. We had extremely successful attendance last year, and we want all of you lovely festivalgoers to stay home and stay safe so we can see you again when circumstances are better!

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