2010 Annual Cherry Blossom Festival at West Covina, Apr 24 from 12:00- 6:00 PM

West Covina Cherry Blossom

2010 Annual West Covina Cherry Blossom Festival to Bring a Taste of Japan to the Community

Presented by the City of West Covina and the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center

The East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center

1203 West Puente Avenue, West Covina, CA 91790

Saturday, April 24, from 12:00-6:00 PM

Entertainment Schedule

12:30 PM   Tea Ceremony

1:00 PM     Cal Poly Pomona- Touzan Taiko

1:30 PM     West Covina Shinkendo & Aikido

2:00 PM    Fujima Kansei Odori-kai

2:30 PM     Tea Ceremony

3:00 PM     Eibukan Goju Ryu Karate Do

3:30 PM     Miyagi Nosho Okinawa Odori

4:00 PM    Musubi Eating Contest

4:30 PM    Covina Kendo Dojo

5:00 PM    West Covina Judo Dojo

5:30 PM    Kishin Daiko

WEST COVINA, CA – The Annual West Covina Cherry Blossom Festival kicks-off Spring, in celebration of the Cherry Blossom season being in full-bloom, on Saturday, April 24, at the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center located at 1203 West Puente Avenue in West Covina.

Through the cooperation of the City of West Covina and the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center (ESGVJCC), festivities including interactive games for the kids, and cultural performances will run from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

This open-to-the-public, annual event is an opportunity for the city to welcome residents of the local community as well as visitors from the greater community to gather with the common enjoyment, interest and desire of experiencing Japanese flavors, sights and sounds.

The schedule of performances is to include demonstrations by West Covina Judo Dojo, Eibukan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do, Covina Kendo Dojo, and West Covina Shinkendo/ Aikido.

Kishin Daiko, Miyagi Nosho Okinawa Odori, Cal Poly Pomona Touzan Taiko, and Fujima Kansei Odori-Kai will entertain traditional Japanese and pacific-islander dance and music.

As has been the tradition for the past eight years, the West Covina Cherry Blossom Festival will also feature a traditional Japanese tea ceremony served to dignitaries of the city of West Covina and local officials in a room surrounded by Japanese artistry and crafts including ikebana (floral arrangements), bonsai, and kimekomi (doll making).

A boutique of countless merchants will also fill the grassy knoll for a wide-array of wares that is sure to capture the attention of parents and children alike.

The East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to foster and preserve the cultural heritage unique to Japanese-American ancestry; and to serve the community through social services, artistic, recreational and educational programs.

For interest in programs and services offered by the ESGVJCC, visit http://www.esgvjcc.org

For more information about the schedule of events for the West Covina Cherry Blossom Festival or about the ESGVJCC, contact Brandon Leong, Program Director, at (626) 960-2566.

Vendor application and general event details can also be obtained at http://www.westcovina.org

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