From the online brochure: ‘The 64th Annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival and the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) proudly present the 11th Annual Taiko Gathering scheduled for Sunday, August 8, 2004 beginning at 11:00 am. This free outdoor concert set on the JACCC Plaza showcases local Southern California taiko (Japanese drums) groups. Now in its eleventh year, this event brings over a thousand people to Little Tokyo to experience the sheer power and human spirit of Japanese American taiko.’
This is the omochi-tsuki or Rice Pounding Ceremony which generated some lively exchange from the stage. My guess is that in Japan all this is much more serious than at our Nisei Festival here in California, ElAey.