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The 39th Japan Autumn Festival (Akimatsuri)

November 17, 2018
Location: Governor Joseph F. Flores Memorial (Ypao Beach) Park, Tumon
Address: Tumon, GUAM 96913
Times: From: 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Contact: Japan Club of Guam
Phone: 1-671-646-8066
Email: jpclub@teleguam.net
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Akimatsuri is annually enjoyed by more than 30,000 (by Guam Police Department), which is the largest Japan cultural event on island. There are more or less 30 stalls of Food and drinks, goods, and games that audience can enjoy typical Japanese Festa treats such as Yakisoba, Takoyaki, and Okonomiyaki, or local BBQ ribs or Kelaguens. 

There are also traditional games at the festival such as gold fish catcher, Yoyo catcher, ring throw, bon dancing and so on, which is the same as the ones in Japan. In the evening, there are variety of shows by performers from Japan. More than 80 volunteer Mikoshi Crews gather for this festival from all over Japan and carry Mikoshi around Ypao park with more than a hundred people, which is the climax of the event. 

Japan Autumn Festival started from the parking lot of one of the Japanese owned hotel in 1977 by some Japanese living on Guam then. They wanted to provide an opportunity for Japanese children on Guam to experience Japanese traditional Festival. As the event became more recognized, they moved the location from the parking lot to the current site, Ypao Park in 1983. 

Akimatsuri became very popular among local Guam people as well. In 1996, Akimatsuri hosted Mikoshi (portable shrine) crews from Tsubetsu Town of Hokkaido, and they donated their Mikoshi when they left. To maintain and preserve this Mikoshi, an organization named Kosaikai(literally means "a group of Matsuri/festival lovers") was formed and this year's Festival counts its 38th.

The annual Japan Autumn Festival (“Akimatsuri”) has evolved to become one of Guam’s most reputable cultural gathering, where visitors of all ages are presented with a traditional Japanese Festival including entertainment from Japan and locally and treated to a variety of Japanese cuisine and amusing games for the children. This celebration has become the main venue where local residents and the Japanese community come together as one, to bond and enjoy each other’s presence.
401 Pale San Vitores Road
Tumon, GU 96913
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