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Monterey Park Festival Celebrates Japanese Culture

The beating of drums and the rich aroma of tantalizing foods filled the air as a variety of Asian vendors showcased Japanese and Japanese-American culture on the streets of Monterey Park last weekend during 16th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. The two-day festival at Barnes Park included martial arts demonstrations, performances by traditional Japanese dancers and music by Japanese “taiko” drummers. Pictured: Yoki Daiko, a Japanese drumming ensemble, performs at Monterey Park’s Cherry Blossom Festival. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

The beating of drums and the rich aroma of tantalizing foods filled the air as a variety of Asian vendors showcased Japanese and Japanese-American culture on the streets of Monterey Park last weekend during 16th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

The two-day festival at Barnes Park included martial arts demonstrations, performances by traditional Japanese dancers and music by Japanese “taiko” drummers.

Pictured: Yoki Daiko, a Japanese drumming ensemble, performs at Monterey Park’s Cherry Blossom Festival.