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Recognizing Vashon Japanese Heritage

The annual strawberry festival on Vashon Island showcased Japanese heritage last weekend. The event featured island-born Nisei Mary Matsuda Gruenewald as a Grand Marshal in the Grand Parade and also celebrated Bon Odori led by local dance groups and Mary Ohno of Kabuki Academy. Vashon Island has a rich history of Japanese farmers who grew strawberries before World War II.

Photo by Anneli Fogt

ヴァション島で恒例となるストリベリー祭が週末に開かれ、地元アーティストら数多くのブー スが並び、音楽など賑わいを見せる中、同島に縁ある日系関係者や文化が讃えられた。16日に行 われたパレードのグランドマーシャルには同島出身の二世、メリー・マツダ・グルエンワルドさん が選ばれた。また会場ではパレード後に盆踊りが催され、参加関係者が踊りの輪を作った。歌舞 伎アカデミーによる三味線演奏も披露された。

(写真 = Anneli Fogt)

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