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The glory of Houston's Japan Festival: Taiko drums, astronauts and doggie fashions culture collide

The glory of Houston's Japan Festival: Taiko drums, astronauts and doggie fashions culture collide

I bet you didn't know this about Japan culture: Turkey legs and funnel cakes have their rightful place in things.

Perhaps that's a bit of a stretch, but in this city there's no reason why a festival celebrating the rich traditions of Japan can't include a little, or a lot, of Houston. After all, this year's 19th annual Japan Festival also celebrated four strong decades of the sister city relationship between Chiba (located on Tokyo Bay between Tokyo and Narita International Airport) and Houston. 

Amid thunderous taiko drumming, arts and crafts, children's activities, theater and music presentations, Houstonians of all backgrounds enjoyed a beautiful day at Hermann Park hosted by the Japan American Society of Houston with support from the Houston-Chiba Sister City Association, Consulate-General of Japan in Houston, Japan Business Association of Houston, Japanese Association of Greater Houston and Japanese American Citizens League Houston Chapter.

Click on the photo (above) or here to watch scenes from the festival in a video produced by Alvin Wright Communications.

Editor's note: Hidden Houston, an interactive multimedia series, aims to reveal the many things that are unique about the Bayou City and its surrounding areas.

Hidden Houston, Japan Fest, June 2012
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