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Japanese festival blossoms in different Fort Wayne venue

Stephanie Detwiler joined a standing-room-only crowd at Purdue University Fort Wayne moments before 18 taiko drummers drowned out all other noise, creating a beat with choreographed arm movements as they danced their sticks from drum to drum.

As the traditional Japanese drumming began, a karate demonstration was ending elsewhere in the Walb Student Union. People continuously flowed in and out of the building as they participated in the Cherry Blossom Festival’s numerous activities, a six-hour celebration of Japanese culture.

The venue was new to the festival, which moved to the university because it outgrew the downtown Allen County Public Library.

Read the story in The Journal Gazette