Matsuri reconnects Japanese

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Members of the Kapaa Senior Center perform a contemporary Japanese folk dance Friday during the 34th annual Matsuri Kauai at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Members of the Herbert Miyazaki ohana get an audience during the demonstration of traditional mochi-making Friday during Matsuri Kauai at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Enka singer Torao Hikariyama gives the audience a sampling of his talent during Matsuri Kauai Friday at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    A Kapaa High School Japanese Club shows off a Japanese mask while a fellow club mate dons more familiar Asian headwear Friday during Matsuri Kauai at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Yoshiko Matsuoka of the Consulate General of Japan office watches as Kilian Paden and Kenji Alpeche try their hand with kendama and wanage Japanese games Friday at Matsuri Kauai at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Lily Millard gets to sample the zaru soba created by the Edo Ryu Teuchi Soba and Todoroki Soba no Kai from Japan, Friday during Matsuri Kauai at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Shungaku Yanai, president, National Association of Chairpersons of Prefectural Assemblies and chairman, Yamaguchi Prefectural Assembly, accepts the Kansha Award from Pearl Shimizu, one of the Matsuri Kauai leaders, Friday during Matsuri Kauai at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Gov. Tsugumasa Muraoka of Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, and Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami top off the planting of an alahe‘e tree at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue Friday afternoon.

Shungaku Yanai, the president of the National Association of Chairpersons of Prefectural Assemblies and chair of the Yamaguchi Prefectural Assembly, has been visiting Kauai for 34 years.

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