Japanese American Summer Festival makes smash return to Concord after 3-year hiatus

The 2-day summer festival had games for kids among the many attractions. (Jay Bedecarré photos)

CONCORD, CA (Aug. 2, 2023) — The Diablo Japanese American Club’s Summer Festival brought classical Japanese dancing demonstrations, Ikenobo (flower arrangements), and traditional food to Concord over the weekend.

Attendees came from all over the Bay Area to the Japanese American Religious & Cultural Center on Treat Blvd. for the event.

“Since the pandemic, I think a lot of people have really missed the festival,’’ said Karen Sakata, president of the Diablo Japanese American Club.

In addition to flowers and dance, displays included calligraphy, Taiko (Japanese drums), Judo, and Kendo (Japanese swords). Obon, a Japanese tradition honoring ancestors and people who have died, was celebrated as well.

Visitors enjoyed tasty treats such as tempura, udon, gyoza, chicken and beef teriyaki, sushi and sake.

Around 400 families who belong to the nearly 100-year-old club organized and staff the event.

For more information, visit diablojaclub.com/summer-festival.