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(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Chieko Buckley and the Okinawa Kenjinkai dance group performs at the Japan Festival in downtown Salt Lake City, Saturday April 26, 2014.
Festival celebrates Japanese culture with tradition, entertainment
First Published Apr 26 2014 09:09 pm • Last Updated Apr 27 2014 09:45 am

Visitors to Saturday’s 9th Annual Nihon Matsuri or Japan Festival in downtown Salt Lake City were treated to exhibits, entertainment and food centered on the Japanese culture.

Exhibits included the traditional tea ceremony and ikebana (flower arranging) while live entertainment on two stages featured martial arts demonstrations, cosplay taiko drummers and koto musicians.

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The festival took place on 100 South, also known as Japantown Street between 200 West and 300 West. Much of what was once known as Salt Lake City’s Japantown was demolished in 1966 to make room for the Salt Palace.

For more information on the festival, www.nihonmatsuri.com/.

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