2014 / Bunka Sai – Japanese Cultural Festival in Torrance, April 26-27

Torrance Bunka Sai 2014 FishTorrance Sister City Association presents its 42nd Annual Bunka Sai Japanese Cultural Festival on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Ken Miller Recreation center.

The venue is located in central Torrance at 3341 Torrance Blvd. at Madrona Ave. near the civic center.

This annual event features demonstrations of Japanese art, dance, koto and shakuhachi music, traditional vocal music, taiko drums, shodo calligraphy, and origami. Stage programs include Okinawa taiko and dance exhibition and martial arts performances such as kendo, judo, aikido and naginata.  

A kimono dressing talk, ikebana demo and bonsai are also slated. New this year is “Kamishibai” Japanese story teling in English and Japanese. Shan Ichiyanagi, the “Candy Man” will be making his famous candy sculptures. Games and crafts for kids will be provided. A fun event for families and the community.

Free admission and free parking. Japanese sweets (mochi) and food and plate lunches will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from the event benefit the sister city association’s student cultural exchange program, which sends students from Torrance to Kashiwa, Japan for three weeks.www.torrancesistercity.org