Celebrating Japan

LIHUE — The sound of taiko echoed stereophonically as Taiko Kauai and the Joyful Noise took the stages inside and outside the Kauai Veterans Center during the recent Matsuri, translated to mean “festival,” hosted by the Japanese Cultural Society of Kauai.

Taiko combined with the various Japanese dances, including a mini bon dance performed to Taiko Kauai’s Fukushima Ondo, graced the celebration of Japanese culture that resonated throughout the Kauai Veterans Center. A popular stopping point was the kimono dressing station where keiki were expertly wrapped in the Japanese formal attire.

Japanese culture-based food, including the popular bento lunch and sushi, whet the appetites of festival goers, enhanced by the demonstration of Japanese soba, a noodle dish, performed by visiting Japanese sister city representatives.

Other demonstrations included bonsai, mochi making, kendo and more.

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