Diablo Summer Festival Draws a Crowd

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Diablo Taiko performs on the first day of the festival.

Consul General Hiroshi Inomata was among the dignitaries who delivered greetings.

CONCORD — Thousands attended the Diablo Japanese American Club’s 55th annual Summer Festival, which was held Aug. 13 and 14 at the Japanese American Religious and Cultural Center in Concord.

In addition to bringing together the local Japanese American community, the event exposes the general public to Japanese culture, including bonsai, ikebana, calligraphy, koto, judo and kendo.

As always, lines were long at the food booths, which offered sushi, gyoza, tempura, beef and chicken teriyaki, udon, desserts and other dishes.

Four Bay Area drumming groups performed — Diablo Taiko, Emeryville Taiko, Tatsumaki Taiko, and San Jose Taiko.

Obon dancing was preceded by traditional Japanese music by Matsutoyo Kai on Saturday and classical Japanese dancing by Michiya Hanayagi Kai on Sunday. Many participants wore yukata (summer kimono) or happi coats, but everyone was invited to join in regardless of attire.

The festival marks the end of Obon season in the Bay Area.

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