Virtual Aki Matsuri

Welcome to our Virtual Aki Matsuri page. NMJACL is excited to offer an online virtual experience focused on highlighting the best parts of past Aki Matsuri festivals in Albuquerque, while connecting visitors to online experiences inline with the Aki Matsuri key components : Art, Music, Dance, Food, Culture, and History

We are happy to announce that AKI MATSURI 2021 will be an in-person event on Sunday September 26th, 2021 at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Park in Albuquerque, NM.

Purchase your online tickets today and skip the long ticket lines – Purchase your ticket HERE


Welcome to the NMJACL 2020 Virtual Aki Matsuri

Eating Sushi is a Delicious Japanese tradition

Learn from Japanese born Chef Shigeru Usuki about the art of sushi making and how to create sushi yourself.

The Art of Bonsai : Grow and Care for a Bonsai tree

A quick look at what the Albuquerque Bonsai Club is about and what they feature at the annual Japanese Festival

Japanese Taiko Drumming

See local groups perform

Enjoy performances by local Taiko groups. BK Taiko features both Taiko as well as Martial Arts performances

Origami Is More Than a Visual Artform. Learn How It Inspires Mindfulness! We have provided an origami demonstration for beginners to complete. Let the folding begin!


Learn Japanese
Learn to say popular Japanese phrases

More coming soon!

Martial Arts
Martial Arts – Watch local professionals teach

More coming soon!

Japanese traditional musical instruments

More coming soon!

Best types of Sushi you have to try! (at least once)

More coming soon!

Aki Matsuri – 2018 /2019


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SHAMISEN – Performed by Sara Fugami

The shamisen is a three-stringed traditional Japanese musical instrument derived from the Chinese instrument sanxian. It is played with a plectrum called a bachi.

TAIKO – Performed by NM Taiko

Taiko are a broad range of Japanese percussion instruments. In Japanese, the term refers to any kind of drum, but outside Japan, it is used specifically to refer to any of the various Japanese drums called wadaiko.

FLOWER SONG – by Yoko Tadda

The music of Japan includes a wide array of performers in distinct styles, both traditional and modern. The word for “music” in Japanese is 音楽 (ongaku), combining the kanji 音 on (sound) with the kanji 楽 gaku (enjoy).


An up and coming newcomer to the Aki Matsuri stage is a small group, ALJ06, comprised of six vibrant young ladies who perform traditional folk art dances to popular Japanese- Pop songs and dances of today.


AKKA KARATE USA is a traditionally oriented school of kenpo. Kenpo is the oldest of arts to come to Japan from China and is based on learning self-defense techniques as a method of cultivating self-respect.

POP CULTURE – Gamer Made Cafe

Straight out of the Otaku’s closet, we’re here to entertain! Gamer Made Cafe is a brand new Maid Cafe experience fashioned after the classic Akihabara Maid Cafe but with a fair bit of modern and pop culture twists. We sing, we dance, and we play a ton of awesome games!

                         FALL FESTIVAL

Confinement in the Land of Enchantment

| Documentary Film Project

Take a sneak peek at the Confinement in the Land of Enchantment documentary film and stay tuned for more info regarding our upcoming 2021 Japanese Film Festival.


Aki Matsuri – 2018 /2019

Photo Highlights

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Aki Matsuri – Online Art Gallery

Local Japanese Artists

Setsuko Winchester

Setsuko is an American ceramic artist, photographer, and journalist of Japanese ethnicity living in West-

ern Massachusetts. Visit her at

Joel Nakamura

Joel is an image-maker, producing art for commercial clients and galleries. Projects include the 2002 Winter Olympics opening and closing program illustrations, Maxalt brand art for Merck Pharmaceutical, author and illustrator of Moonbeam children’s book silver award winning Go West! and I Dreamed I was Dog.

Joel Nakamura


The ancient Japanese art of mending and decorating clothing is making a comeback in the sewing world. Sashiko Hand-Stitching Group members: Shirley Fleischauer (organizer), Linda Brewer, and Shelley Takeuchi. Shirley Fleischauer teaches Sashiko at UNM Continuing Education.

ABQ Bonsai Club

A group of bonsai enthusiasts of all levels from beginners to lifelong practitioners. Members are active in workshops, study groups, and demonstrations, and they present the Mother’s Day Weekend annual bonsai exhibition at Albuquerque Botanical Gardens.

Gene Kimura

Gene Kimura is a landscape watercolorist and cartoonist. We look forward to have him back to cartoon at the 2021 Aki Matsuri

Chado New Mexico

Established in 2004, is a communities-based nonprofit that represents the Urasenke Tradition of tea in New Mexico. It is one of over 100 Urasenke associations around the world, and has over 75 members

spread throughout the American Southwest.

Andrea Imprescia

Andrea has been in the shaved ice and purified water business for

16 years. Recently, expanded her business to include ice sculpting, thanks to the generosity and kindness of a caterer and carver here in Albuquerque. It has

been an enjoyably new learning curve for Andrea, as she is not a stranger to challenges. She hopes to expand her knowledge and expertise with time.

George Leone

George has been practicing Japanese sumi-e painting since 1971 when he studied it with Michio Takayama in Taos. He has been teaching sumi-e painting since 2009. George has also practiced Zen since 1975.

Michael Thornton

Michael is a master potter and art teacher whose work expresses

affinity with Asian pottery traditions and aesthetics. He has studied his art over 30 years in America & Japan with ceramics masters. His works are in public and private collections around the globe. Thesaurus Study / Galley is his own work- shop and display gallery.

                      JAPANESE FALL FESTIVAL


PROJECT| Freedom from Fear

SETSUKO WINCHESTER : My project may throw light on a discomforting part of American history but perhaps  it can help gauge where we are in this ever-evolving experiment we call “America.”



Art of Ikebana (Yayoi Tanida)

Yayoi began the study of Ikebana in 2001 under Mary Burnett de Gomez, a Master Teacher of Ichiyo School of Ikebana. She became a certified Instructor in 2007, and has been teaching in private classes and workshops. She is from Kobe, Japan, and moved to Albuquerque in 1998.

Japanese Tea Ceremony – Chado NM

Established in 2004, is a communities-based nonprofit that

represents the Urasenke Tradition of tea in New Mexico. It is one of over 100 Urasenke associations around the world, and has over 75 members spread throughout the American Southwest.

Pottery Demo – Not Made in China

Pottery and porcelain, is one of the oldest Japanese crafts and art forms, dating back to the Neolithic period. Kilns have produced earthenware, pottery, stoneware, glazed pottery, glazed stoneware, porcelain, and blue-and-white ware.

Sumi-e Demonstration

George has been practicing Japanese sumi-e painting since 1971 when he studied it with Michio Takayama in Taos.

Jimbo’s Lullaby – Patrick Nagatani

Excerpt from youtube: My Mom transitioned on July 3, 2012… about an hour before midnight. This was one of the last pieces of music she heard. She was given the Buddhist rebirth name of Shaku Horaku – Patrick Nagatani  was our featured artist during 2015 Art Benefit / Aki Matsuri.

Ikebana Demonstration

Mable Orndoff-Plunkett does a live demonstration for the Virtual Aki Matsuri. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is also known as Kadō.

Ikebana International – Ch 41

The Ikenbana International Chapter 41 made a special presentation for the 2020 Virtual Aki Matsuri they wanted to share with everyone. Enjoy!


New Mexico’s JACL Players have been touring Living History shows on the Japanese American experience throughout New Mexico since 2014

Bring Our History to Life

Nikki Nojima Louis leads, writes and directs her cast portraying delicate subjects regarding race, immigration, internment and redress.


Ikuko Begay, Rusty Chan, Esther Churchwell, Calvin Kobayashi, Nikki Nojima Louis, Paul Mayer, Joan Varney, Rod Ventura, Davis Begay (slides), Mike Swick (video)

FREE Performances

All performances are free of charge and open to the public. Topics include immigration, internment, redress.

Learn from our Past

The JACL Players focus on the retelling of our turbulent history and how both small and large communities can change.


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