2015 / Torrance to present “Bunka Sai” Japanese Cultural Festival, April 25, 26

Torrance Sister City Association 2015 Bunka Sai


Just one more week until the 43rd Annual Bunka Sai Japanese Cultural Festival presented by the Torrance Sister City Association on Saturday/Sunday, April 25 & 26 from 11-5 at the Ken Miller Recreation Center (3341 Torrance Blvd.).

Free admission and parking.

The performances on Saturday include: Okinawa taiko, Anime contest winners, Urasenke Tea Ceremony, South Bay Judo, Torrance Naginata, Dance by Mai no Kai, Torrance Kendo, Kimono by Toshiko Okawa and L.A. Taiko.

Sunday performers are: Beikoku Shodo, Prota Taiko, Torrance Aikido, Koto by Awaya-kai, Dance by Bando Hidesomi, Shakuhachi by Shoshi Kanokohata, Music by Matsutoyo-kai and L.A. Taiko Center.

Tasty BBQ plate lunches, yakisoba, curry rice, sweet mochi, Spam musubi, shave ice and Amezaiku candy sculptor for sale.

Kamishibai stories every 30 minutes, bonsai, origami and ikebana. Games for kids. Don’t miss this!!

All proceeds benefit student cultural exchange program with Kashiwa, Japan.


43rd Annual Bunka-Sai / Japanese Cultural Festival

Saturday & Sunday / April 25 and 26, 2015 / 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ken Miller Recreation Center / 3341 Torrance Boulevard (At Madrona Avenue)

• Anime Contest & Kimono Lecture

• Kamishibai Storytelling & Candy Artist

• Aikido, Judo, Kendo, Naginata, Karate

• Koto, Taiko, Minyo, Shamisen, Shakuhachi,Odori (Classical Dance)

• Ikebana & Bonsai

• Shodo Calligraphy & Tea Ceremony

• Origami, Roketsu, Kimekomi Ningyo Dolls

• BBQ Plate Lunch, Shave Ice, Yakisoba,Okinawa Dango, Curry and Rice,Cotton Candy, Desserts, Spam Musubi

• Arts & Crafts Boutique

• Games for children

• Hourly drawings


Saturday, April 25 – Dr. Dan Fichtner, Emcee

11:50 Okinawa Taiko by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko, LA

12:20 Anime Contest winners announced

12:30 Tea Ceremony by Sakiko Monuki and Yuko Kubo

1:10 South Bay Judo

1:50 Torrance Naginata

2:30 Dance by Mai No Kai (traditional & classical)

3:10 Torrance Kendo

3:40 Kimono lecture by Toshiko Okawa

4:20 L.A. Taiko Institute


Sunday, April 26 – Tricia Takasugi, Emcee

11:50 Shodo Calligraphy by Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai

12:30 Prota Taiko

1:10 Torrance Aikido

1:50 Koto music by Awaya-kai

2:30 Dance by Bando Hidesomi Nihon Buyo class

3:10 Shakuhachi flute by Shoshi Kanokohata

3:40 Folk Music by Matsutoyo-kai

4:20 L.A. Taiko Center

• Candy Artist Amezaiku on Saturday, Torino Plaza.

• Karate demo by USA Wado-ryu Karate-do, Torrance YMCA on Sunday at 2:00, Torino Plaza.

• Ikebana demonstration on Saturday at 12:00 in Assembly Room.

• Kamishibai storytelling every 30 minutes in Assembly Room both days.

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