What is Matsuri?

Matsuri is the Japanese word for festival. Our Matsuri is much like many summer festivals in Japan---full of artists’ performances and demonstrations of cultural practices, great local food and drink, fun for kids, vendors with kimonos, crafts, and other Asian inspired goods, and much, much more. As is traditional, we’ll finish the night with a bang and a fireworks show over Japan House.

Where will Matsuri be located?

Matsuri will be held on the grounds of the University Arboretum and Japan House, just southeast of the intersection of South Lincoln and Florida Avenues. Most Matsuri events will take place in large tents near the ponds, although tea ceremonies, with bonsai and ikebana displays will be located at Japan House itself, and the Japan House Matcha Cafe will be on the east deck of Japan House.

What does it cost to attend Matsuri?

All artist performances and demonstrations are free. You must purchase food and drink tickets to pay our vendors and some activities (such as yukata and cosplay dressing, tea ceremony, etc will have small fees.

What are my transport/parking options?

Parking is available first come, first serve at University lots in the area such as south of Japan House, Vet Med and F23 on Florida Avenue. There are also spaces along Lincoln Avenue. Check the campus parking map for more info.

If you're looking to catch a bus, visit the MTD website for routes and schedules. The Raven bus comes to Japan House but other bus routes can bring you close by as well. For those needing assistance, golf carts will be transporting people from the above parking lots to the festival site in the University Arboretum.

What can/can't I bring?

We ask that you do not bring outside food and drink but instead enjoy what our vendors are providing. We also ask that you leave your pets at home.

Where do I buy food and drink tickets?

You can purchase food and drink tickets ahead of time and pick them up at our will call booth that day. You can also just buy them that day at three differentt ticket booths throughout the grounds. We accept cash or credit cards. Refunds will not be given, but if you have leftover tickets at the end of the day, donate them back to Japan House! There will be donation boxes at each ticket booth. Japan House does not make any money from Matsuri, and it is a big project for us, so we welcome any donations that can help make it happen.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Call us at 217-244-9934 or email japanhouse@illinois.edu.