Torrance Sister City Association to present annual Japanese Cultural Festival: Bunka-Sai, April 22-23

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What: Torrance Sister City Association (TSCA) presents its 45th annual Bunka-Sai Japanese Cultural Festival

When: Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Ken Miller Recreation Center, 3341 Torrance Blvd. at Madrona Ave.

Event Details: This annual event features authentic demonstrations of Japanese dance, koto and shakuhachi music, traditional vocal music, taiko drums, shodo calligraphy, and origami. Enjoy colorful Okinawa taiko & dance exhibition and martial arts performances such as kendo, judo, aikido and naginata and a kimono talk. Beautiful ikebana (flower arranging) and bonsai and Girl’s Day dolls on display. Kamishibai Japanese story-telling in English and Japanese both days. Games and crafts for kids.  A fun and educational event for families and the community.

Cost: Free admission and free parking.  Japanese sweets (mochi & Okinawa dango doughnut) and tasty food; yakisoba noodles, curry rice, spam musubi and BBQ plate lunches available for purchase.

Why: Proceeds from the event benefit TSCA’s student cultural exchange program, which sends up to eight students and an adult leader from Torrance to Kashiwa, Japan for three weeks in July. TSCA will host Kashiwa students and an adult leader during August.  TSCA is a non-profit, community-based, volunteer organization dedicated to promoting goodwill between the people of Torrance and Kashiwa Japan.

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