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About Aki Matsuri

Aki Matsuri festival was founded in 2010 by Robert Higashinaka who wanted to boost awareness about the growing Japanese population in Las Vegas. “Aki Matsuri” are the Japanese words for “fall festival”, and has been celebrated in the Las Vegas valley each October. The event attracts more than 10,000 people annually and features traditional culture, music and food. The visiting groups from Japan, as well as the local talent, are not paid for their performances, nor are the visiting groups compensated for their travel expenses.

JFAN appreciates the enthusiasm of everyone who volunteers to make this event a success year after year.

About Japanese Festival Association of Nevada (JFAN)

JFAN is a grassroots founded, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing Japanese culture to Nevada, and providing opportunities for all members of the community to experience and learn about Japan. 

Japanese Festival Association of Nevada  

5300 Spring Mountain Rd #212A, Las Vegas, NV 89146


Japanese Festival Association of Nevada (JFAN) 
Aki Matsuri Executive Committee

Kathleen Blakely - Chair
Jeff Winchester - Vice Chair

Jen Caballero - Vice Chair
Jeff Winchester - Secretary
Yoko Ishikawa - Treasurer

Aaron Diec - Director

Kazuhiro Shima - Director

Noriko Carroll - Director
Noriko Takahashi - Director

Rie Koleff - Director

Szu-Lung Chang - Director

Aki Matsuri Committee Advisory Board

Cameron Blakemore

Hal Yamamoto
Kika Shibata

Kyoko Ochiai 

Jana Bergendahl
Mami Rios
Manami Mata
Mayumi Coffman
Sam Tajiri
Satomi Sato

Yasu Yoshikawa

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