2014 / Update / Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival, April 26-27

Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival

Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival 2014 (Cultural News Photo)

The 2014 Cherry Blossom Festival Committee and the City of Monterey Park present the 17th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival on April 26 – 27, 2014 at Barnes Park, 350 South McPherrin Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754.

The Monterey Park’s festival which is held every spring in April coincides with the National Annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. to celebrate 1912 gift to the U.S. capital of 3,000 cherry trees from the City of Tokyo.

Organized completely by community volunteers, the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival aims to showcase the Japanese culture through a number of exhibits, demonstrations and traditional performance all at no cost to the public.

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Performance Schedule on Sunday, April 27

Field Stage

11:00 am – Mark Kepple High School Pep Band

11:30 am – Yoki Daiko

12:00 pm – Kuntau Martial Arts

12:30 pm – Koshin Taiko

1:00 pm – U.S. – Chinese Wu Shu Martial Arts

1:20 pm – Azuma Kotobuki Kai, dancers

2:00 pm – Miko Shudo, vocalist and violinist

2:45 pm  – TAIKOPROJECT/Bombu/Kitsune/Tanuki Taiko

3:30 pm – Hayayagi Rokufukumi, dancer

4:00 pm – Ohana Polynesian Dancers

4:45 pm – Matsuyama & Kujiraoka, koto players

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Indoor Demonstration Stage (located inside the gym)

11:30 am- Kayama Puppet Troupe

12:30 pm – Kyo No Kai Kabuki

1:30 pm – Sunny and Judy Seki – Children’s Folktales

2:30 pm – Anime Songs by Momotama

3:00 pm – Anime Cosplay (costume play) Contest

4:00 pm – Magic Wayne

5:00 pm – Origami Demonstration by Michael Sanders

Sogetsu Ikebana will be offering mini-flower arranging classes from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Material fee for $5.  

Raffle: Tickets are only $2 each. The top prize is $1,000.