We are a non-profit Educational Arts Organization. Our fundraising efforts provide scholarships to schools and students working in projects related to Japanese Culture.
Sonoma County Matsuri Festival Board of Directors
- President: Henry Kaku
- Treasurer: Meg Mizutani
- Secretary: Elliot Kallen
- Member-at-Large: Bo Laurent
- Member-at-Large: Andrea Tegstam
Sonoma County Matsuri Festival Founders (2013)
- Mario Uribe
- Cara Kallen
- Henry Kaku
- Arn Shimizu
Emeritus Board of Directors
- Louise Belle
- Laura Davis
- Karin Iwata
- Dana Johnson
- Sachiko Knappman
- Tomoko Madarame
- Judy Bellah
- Former Webmaster: Josh Chernin
Donations made to our communities
Kumamoto Earthquake and Great East Japan Earthquake (2016)
On June 30 2016, Sonoma County Matsuri Festival visited the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco and presented Consul Ichioka with a donation check for the Kumamoto Earthquake and Great East Japan Earthquake. The donation will be delivered to the affected population through local government agencies.
Sonoma State University Anthropological Studies Center Research Grant Distribution Fund (2016)
During WWII, the forceful removal of people of Japanese descent from the West Coast sent nearly 120,000 people, two-thirds of whom were American citizens, into incarceration camps within our nation’s interior. Despite an unjust situation and harsh, unforgiving landscapes, internees prevailed, revealing an unbreakable spirit. Through items made by internees we get a glimpse into life at Colorado’s camp, Amache, and expose the surprising beauty and creativity that persisted, and even blossomed from behind barbed wire.
Sonoma County Matsuri co-sponsored the reception for Sonoma State University’s exhibit Creativity Unconfined: Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp.