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

Torrance Bunka Sai Bonsai

Bonsai display at Torrance Bunka Sai (Cultural News Photo)

Torrance 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.

Bunka Sai Program on Sunday, April 27

11:50 am – Shodo Calligraphy by Hiroko Ikita

12:30 pm – Okinawa Dance/Taiko by Okinawa Association of America Geibobu, Aikoh Kai, Kansei Kai, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko

1:10 pm – Aikido, martial art that focus on self-defense, physical and spiritual awareness

1:50 pm – Koto by Awaya Kai

2:30 pm – Japanese Dance by Bando Hidesomi Nihon Buyo Kai

3:10 pm – Shakuhachi by Shoshi Konokohata

3:40 pm – Japanese Folk Music by Matsutoyo Kai

4:20 pm – Taiko by Taiko Center of Los Angeles

Demonstrations in Assembly Room

12:00 – Ikebana demonstration by Ikenono Kai

Every 30 minutes – Kamishibai storytelling by TSCA exchange students     

Games and crafts for kids are provided. A fun event for families and thecommunity.

Free admission and free parking. Japanese sweets (mochi) and food and plate lunches are 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