People from all over the Bay Area are expected to attend the 64th festival at the Japanese American Religious & Cultural Center on Treat Boulevard.
“Since the pandemic, I think a lot of people have really missed the festival,’’ said Karen Sakata, president of the Diablo Japanese American Club.
The event will include displays and live demonstrations of Japanese culture and heritage. This includes Bonsai (miniature tree sculptures), calligraphy, and Ikenobo (flower arrangements). It also features Taiko (Japanese drums), Judo, folk and classical Japanese dancing, and Kendo (Japanese swords). Obon, a Japanese tradition honoring ancestors and people who have died, will also be a part of the festival.
You will find no shortage of food and beverages. Enjoy treats such as tempura, udon, gyoza, chicken and beef teriyaki, sushi and sake.
Club officials said thousands usually turn out for the free festival. Around 400 families who belong to the nearly 100-year-old club organized and staff the event.
“It’s our annual fundraiser to continue to keep the building and the club going. Most of our profits come from the food,” said Sakata, who has been a club member for 35 years and took over as president in January.
The festival runs 1-9 p.m. Saturday, July 29, and noon-8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 30, at 3165 Treat Blvd.
For more information, visit diablojaclub.com/summer-festival.