Rebel Rodriguez, Arvada, Colorado’s Woman of the Year, and Little free food bank!

Rebel Rodriguez is the 2017 Arvada Chamber Woman of the Year.

Here in Arvada, Colorado our woman of the year, Rebel Rodriguez runs an amazing food bank serving disadvantaged residents and Arvada’s homeless.  She also stocks an equally amazing little free food bank on the corner of Grandview and Olde Wadsworth at the Rising Church.  The Blessing Box.

Inspiring me to make snack and lunch bags for our children and homeless.

Thank you Rebel for your community service, to read more about Rebel go here to Rebel’s article.

Jason at 2017 Hina Matsuri Festival

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Meet Jason.  We worked the doll room together at our Hina Matsuri Festival.

Jason knows more about the dolls than almost anybody at our church. Here he is entertaining some people describing a life-size Samurai armor replica.

Jason outgrew his boy’s kimono he wore last year but I include it here because it is amazing.  A gift from his Aunt and Uncle who live in Japan.
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A formal Kimono, not for casual wear.  A real family heirloom that he can pass down to his son one day along with his knowledge of Japanese dolls.

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Samurai at 2017 Hina Matsuri Festival

 

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The armor of the samurai.   Labor intensive, intricate,  beautiful and full of meaning.  Rows of leather and plates of metal woven together with silk cord to make formidable protection.  Functional yet mesmerizing.

Dazzling helmets designed to strike apprehension into opponents upon recognition.

Join us this Saturday or Sunday, March 4th and 5th, at Simpson United Methodist Church, 6001 Wolff St. in Arvada, Colorado for the 49th Annual Hina Matsuri Festival. Hours are 11:30am to 4pm and this is a free event.

Enjoy the doll room, tea ceremony,  bonsai displays, ikebana (flower arranging) display, nonstop entertainment  including music and martial arts or have your name written in Japanese characters.

Here are a couple more displays you will be able to appreciate:

Lion Cub Doll from Hina Matsuri Festival

Suiseki Display From The Hina Matsuri Festival

2017 Hina Matsuri Festival at Simpson

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Doll’s Day or Girls’ Day.  In Japan it is held every March 3rd.  At Simpson our Festival is held the first full weekend of every March, this year March 4th and 5th.

The Festival is open to the public and free of charge.

The families in the Japanese community display their amazing dolls, many of which have been in their families for generations.  A few posts on dolls:  Kokeshi DollsOtafuku-SanPictures from Past Hina Matsuri Festivals

Also on display are Bonsai (miniature plants and trees) Bonsai at Hina Matsuri Festival and Ikebana (flower arranging) Ikebana at Hina Matsuri Festival.  Very welcome as we wait for spring to finally replace winter.

The ladies prepare Bento Boxes for lunch each day which are extremely popular and are sold out quickly.

A constant parade of activity on the stage in the gymnasium including Taiko Drums, Martial Arts and variety of music.  Taiko with Toni 2015 Hina Matsuri Festival

Other interesting displays are the Kimonos Wedding Kimono, Gaman Art from Internment Camp The Art of Gaman in Internment Camps, a Display at Hina Matsuri Festival

Hope you can join us!  6001 Wolff Street in Arvada, Colorado (just off of Sheridan & 60th).

 

The Three ???

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Henry here, guest blogger on sanseilife.  Mom caught us cavorting in the snow earlier this week and took this photo, I’m the one in action.

She wanted to call us The Three Stooges…  Well as you know I  have been watching a little TV lately so know who the Three Stooges are and that’s not us.

I was thinking of The Three Musketeers or Les Trois Mousquetaires here at Chez Matsumoto.

  • D’Artagnan, the young wannabee Musketeer, that’s me.  I am fitting into the pack but it ain’t easy.  I have to prove I deserve their respect.
  • Athos strikes me as an uncle figure and that is what Monty is to me.  He has really taken me under his paw and is showing me the ropes.
  • Aramis handsome and loves the women and so that would be my human brother Nick.  Mom will do a sketch of the 2 of us some day soon.
  • Porthos is the strong and stubborn Musketeer, Roscoe to a tail wag.  If I get scared I stand right under him for his strength.

The only other other option is the Three Little Pigs and Mom just better not go there.