Matsuri 2nd Toronto Japanese Summer Festival, Yonge & Dundas Square, Toronto July 26. 2015

On Sunday I went to  Yonge & Dundas Square to pop in on the Matsuri Toronto Japanese Summer Festival. I got there in time to catch Toronto’s Isshin Daiko a drum band.DSC_0016 DSC_0023 The pounding rhythms of these eight players create a sound that is sure to reach deeply into your own heartbeat and soul. DSC_0026 DSC_0031The event seemed to have drawn about 20,000 or so people of all ages and origins. To say Toronto is a diverse community is an understatement and was clearly displayed at this event. DSC_0019 DSC_0069The event was well sponsored and featured some of Toronto’s finest Japanese food and music. The line-ups for every food vendor were long. As I continue to cover these events I am learning more and more that it is not the sponsors or organizers that make these events so incredible but rather the people, the happy smiling faces of people from all over the world and from all circumstances of life that bring the joy and festiveness these gatherings produce.DSC_0041 DSC_0042 DSC_0062DSC_0056 DSC_0053 Rather than just crowd shots and photos of vendors I give you the faces of this event. Those happy smiling faces that brighten my day and make this journey such a pleasure.DSC_0046 DSC_0070 DSC_0049 As always enjoy Toronto!


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