Kai-Northern California Shibu
The Mataro Miyabi Kai-Northern California Shibu is a chapter of the Mataro Doll Craft Academy of Tokyo, Japan. There are nearly 100 students in our chapter. We exhibit at several festivals and events throughout the year, such as the Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival, Watsonville Hanamatsuri, the San Mateo County Fair, and Obon festivals at Mountain View, Sacramento and Stockton Buddhist churches each year, where we share this 260 year old doll craft from Japan which originated at the Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto, Japan.
We offer classes in Monterey, Sacramento, San Jose, Stockton and Watsonville. The chapter Director is Isako (Masanori) Wasano.
Our Nikkei Matsuri Connection
We have exhibited at Nikkei Matsuri since the late 1980's and enjoy the opportunity to share our doll making craft with guests and visitors of the festival. We provide a demonstration table at Nikkei Festival where we exhibit doll making at the festival. We enjoy exhibiting in the cultural display area where visitors can connect the dollmaking experience with the cultural performances such as odori (dance). We enjoy all of the food, exhibits-but most of all we enjoy the visitors who are interested in the Japanese cultural experience that we offer.