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Nima-kai Traditions: Matsuri

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Every year, Nikkei communities around the world gather together for fun cultural activities and food. These matsuri (festivals) often celebrate specific occasions such as Tanabata and Obon. Major cultural festivals …

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Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival

nknight

This was taken at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute Carnival 2011

mkochiyama

The Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI) has held its annual carnival for the past 33 years since 1978.  Among delicious food, great performances and demonstrations, and fun games and …

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Tanabata at JANM 2009

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After witnessing the beautifully elaborate Tanabata decorations in Sao Paulo, the Discover Nikkei staff who went to Brazil in 2007 asked, Yoshihito Yonezawa, president of Nanka Miyagi Kenjinkai if he …

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East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center Akimatsuri 2007 Album

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The East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center hosts an annual akimatsuri (fall festival) featuring cultural exhibits and performances as well as freshly made food and a swap meet. This …

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Okinawan Festival 2007, Honolulu, Hawaii

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From August 30 to September 2, 2007, the Hawaii United Okinawan Association celebrated their 25th annual Okinawan Festival at Kapiolani Park in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The …

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Japan Festival Daley Center Plaza Chicago 1988

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The Japan Festival held at the Daley Center Plaza in downtown Chicago in 1988, was part of the annual Asian / Pacific Awareness Month, held each May. This early performance …

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Osaka Sister City Chicago Garden Festival

intrepidmouse

The 35th Annual People to People celebration in Chicago aimed at strengthening the ties between Chicago and its sister city, Osaka.

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Japan Days Chicago Botanic Garden

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Japan Days is an annual celebration of of Japanese heritage and culture consisting of numerous events and performances such as dancing, taiko, martial arts demonstrations, and even some tea. It …

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Chicago Obon and Japanese Folk Dance

intrepidmouse

Various organizations around Chicago including the Midwest Buddhist Temple, the Buddhist Temple of Chicago, and the Mitsuwa Shopping Center formerly known as the Yaohan hold annual folk dancing Obon Festivals. …

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