Original Issue Date: May 7, 1979
Translated by The North American Post Staff
The Seat tle Cher ry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival was held last Friday and Saturday at Seattle Center. While facing unusual bad weather in May, the festival was very successful i n int roducing Japanese cultur e to local Americans who enjoyed its many performances, demonstrations and exhibits, and also the event feature performance by Ondekoza. The event had more visitors than expected.
Mayor Charles Royer and Interim Consul-General Kiyoshi Nishikawa gave remarks. Nishikawa read a statement sent by Japanese Foreign Minister Sunao Sonoda, saying the festival would cont r ibute to the U.S.-Japan mutual understanding and friendship.
The main feature of the festival was a performance by Odenkoza. The 12 members played around a 10-feet yagura stage and a 700-pound giant taiko made from a 400-year-old tree. The audience cont inued to be impressed, saying, “wonderful” to their technique and stormy drumbeat and rhythm as the performers took its audiences to another world.