Get Up and Dance

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ondo1The Venice Japanese Community Center held its annual Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival) on the weekend of June 21-22. Above and below: Attendees were invited to join in the ondo dancing regardless of experience, and a good time was had by all.

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gamesKids tested their eye-hand coordination at the game booths.

cornMenu items at the food booths included Venice Youth Council’s corn on the cob (above) and Troop 764’s shave ice (below).

shave icecalligraphyCultural displays included calligraphy (pictured), bonsai and ikebana.

Demonstrations of karate (above), judo (below left) and aikido/iaido (below right) were given.

Demonstrations of karate (above), judo (below left) and aikido/iaido (below right) were given.

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Calligraphers gave a demonstration with their works-in-progress projected on a screen.

Calligraphers gave a demonstration with their works-in-progress projected on a screen.

ikebanaIkebana flower arrangements were created on stage.

odoriStudents of Fujima Seiyumi Kai performed Japanese classical dance.

koshin taikoDrumming by Koshin Taiko. The event also featured kendo, hula, line dancing, and a donut-eating contest.

Photos by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo

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