09.04.2016 - 10.04.2016
Via G. Cattori 3
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Japan Matsuri is the Japanese festival of the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. During the two days of the festival the visitors can dive into a far and fascinating world, between tradition and modernity. In addition to the exhibition area, the entertainment area, workshops, videogames, exhibits and some nice Japanese cuisine, the festival offers also some concerts and live shows.
With the word “Matsuri” (祭り, or just 祭), in Japan, it is often referred to a festival that is held in public places such as shintoist or buddhist temples, a known area in the city or also just simply a school. Since the nature of the Festival organized in Ticino is similar, the use of the name Matsuri was a direct consequence.
the permanent mission of Japan to the international organizations in Geneva, Ms Asako Nakayama, vice consul and cultural attaché at the consulate in Geneva and Mr. Mario Brandamayor of Bellinzona.
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Japan, celebrated in 2014, the festival has been officially recognized by the Japanese Embassy as part of the festivities and had the honor to have as guests at the inauguration H.E Ryuhei Maeda, Ambassador of Japan in Switzerland,visiting officially and for the first time Ticino, followed by his spouse and by a delegation from the city hall of Bellinzona, lead by Mr. Mario Branda, Mayor of Bellinzona.
In 2015 the new vice consul and cultural attaché at the consulate in Geneva, Mr Yuji Senoo, was guest of the festival followed by the president of the City Coucil, Mr Tiziano Zanetti.