Oshima Island visitors help trace Kaua‘i’s roots

The annual Matsuri Japanese cultural festival was held Saturday at th Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

The event features special Japanese cultural demonstrations and exhibits, plus an opportunity to try Japanese foods. A visiting group from Oshima Island in southern Japan used a computerized data base created in Japan that enabled Kaua‘i residents to trace ancestors who immigrated to Hawai‘i from Japan in the 19th century. Many of Kaua‘i’s immigrants from Japan came from rural areas of southern Japan near Hiroshima and other southern cities.

The Matsuri event was hosted by the Kaua‘i Japanese Cultural Society The event enabled those attending to learn about the Japanese influence in the Hawai‘i lifestyle, as well as perpetuate the Japanese culture.

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