What is Matsuri?
Matsuri is UW Japanese Student Association’s most popular annual event, and the largest celebration of Japanese culture on campus. Unlike our other (fantastic) events throughout the year, Matsuri’s appeal extends beyond the UW community, inviting everyone of any age to come together and enjoy the festivities throughout the day.
This year, with our "Obake-Yashiki" (haunted house) theme featuring yokai and the transformation of the HUB Ballroom into a nighttime festival, you'll be fully immersed in Japanese culture.
Our main performer this year is truly unique. Aoyagi Bisen, a well-known calligrapher from Japan, will perform a signature live calligraphy painting! She’ll be working on a huge 12 feet long canvas, so this is definitely something you don’t want to miss.
Get a taste of the performance here!
Things to do
4:20 – Purple & Bold Dance Team
4:30 – Wushu performance by Husky Wushu Team
4:40 – Kendo performance by UW Kendo Club
5:00 – Bon Odori (summer festival dance)
5:20 – Taiko drum performance by Taiko Kai at the UW
5:40 – Soran Bushi (dance by JSA Officers)
6:00 – Calligraphy performance by Aoyagi Bisen
Food & Drinks:
- $3 – Chicken Karaage (3pc)
- $2 – Onigiri
- $3 – Yakisoba Roll
- $2 – Gyoza (3pc)
- $4 – Okonomiyaki
- $2 – Choco Banana
- $4 – Mochi Waffle
- $4 – Green Tea Boba
- $2 – Pan Kui Kyousou
- $2 – Daruma Otoshi
- $2 – Photobooth
- $1 – Paper Fishing
- $1 – Tossing Bag
- FREE – Fukuwarai
- FREE – Obake Yashiki
Entry to the event is free, but you'll need tickets to purchase food and play games (1 ticket = $1). We won't be accepting any form of money in the event!
Tickets are available for purchase at the JSA booth on UW Red Square (weekdays, 10:30 to 2:30) as well as online through the HUB ticket office.
Day of tickets:
Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event at the HUB front desk, but since you'll be subject to the HUB transaction fee, we recommend buying tickets earlier.
University of Washington
Husky Union Building
Husky Union Building
4001 E Stevens Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
The closest parking lot to the HUB is the Padelford Parking Garage. Free parking begins after 12pm. There is no street parking available on campus. For more information, click here.
For public transit options, please use the address listed in order to find the best possible route from your location.