Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival, Apr 17, 18

Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival>>

April 17, 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM>>

April 18, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM>>

Barnes Park, located directly behind Monterey Park Civic Center>>

Entry to the Festival is FREE.

The 2010 Cherry Blossom Festival Committee and the City of Monterey Park present the 13th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival on April 17 & 18 at Barnes Park, located at 350 South McPherrin Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754.

Planned and coordinated by community volunteers, the Cherry Blossom Festival strives to provide a cultural arts event that offers a forum for learning, entertainment, fun, and support of community.

So take the time to see, hear, and taste a bit of the Japanese and Japanese American culture through a first-hand experience of watching traditional Japanese dancing, hearing the resounding beats of the taiko drums, observing the mastery and various skills of martial arts, participating in the ancient art of the tea ceremony, or buying hand-made crafts or food with an Asian flair.

Other highlights of the Festival include games & crafts for children, and numerous cultural displays.

Special Guests and Emcees:

Kyo No Kai –  Kabuki performance group, founded and headed by Kabuki actor Nakamura Gankyo (aka Bando Hiroshichiro); the mission of Kyo no Kai is to teach and promote various aspects of traditional Japanese culture with the emphasis on the performance art of Kabuki.

As a professional Kabuki actor, Gankyo has performed in all of the major Kabuki theaters throughout Japan.

TAIKO PROJECT – This ensemble of premiere taiko drummers is dedicated to promoting and advancing the American art of taiko.

Through public performances, education, and outreach activities, TAIKOPROJECT is committed to preserving taiko as a dynamic element of Japanese American culture and heritage.

In addition to maintaining taiko as a community-based tradition, TAIKOPROJECT also incorporates unconventional and innovative concepts to expand artistic boundaries.

The group recently performed at the 2009 Academy Awards performing “O-Saya” and “Jai Ho” from the movie Slumdog Millionaire.

Rodney Kageyama –  An accomplished actor, Kageyama has appeared in films such as “The Next Karate Kid”, “Pretty Woman” and on television shows such as “Home Improvement”, “Quantum Leap”, “Married with Children”, and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. Kageyama will serve as festival’s emcee.

Groups scheduled to perform

(subject to change without notice)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

South Stage:

12:00pm    MKHS Xenogeneic Dance Team

12:30pm    Chris Ho

1:30pm      Phyllis Chang

2:30pm      JayVee Dance

3:00pm      US-Chinese Martial Arts Wu Shu Team

3:30pm      Industry Sheriffs Judo

4:15pm      Live 4 Today

5:00pm      Cherry

Saturday, April 17, 2010

North Stage:

11:30am    Kishin Daiko

12:00pm    Opening Ceremony – Essays/Introductions

1:00pm      Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko

1:30pm      Fujima Kansei Odori Kai

2:15pm      David Torres Kenpo Karate

3:00pm      Masumi

3:45pm      Halau Hula Moani ‘a’ ala Anuhea

4:15pm      Bombu/Kitsune Taiko

5:00pm     Industry Sherriff Kendo Dojo

Sunday, April 18, 2010

South Stage:

11:30am    MKHS Aztec Pep Band

12:15pm    MKHS Aztec Singers

1:00pm     California Sumo Association

1:30pm    Chikara Daiko

2:00pm    California Sumo Association

2:30pm    Local Mojo

3:30pm    O’ahu

Sunday, April 18, 2010

North Stage:

11:30am    Kodama Taiko

12:00pm    Nippon Minyo Kenkyukai Hoshun Kai

12:30pm    Koshin Taiko

1:00pm      Grateful Crane

1:45pm      Shinbuyo Kodama Kai

2:15pm      June Kuramoto

3:00pm      Hanayagi Rokufukumi

3:30pm      Ohana Polynesian Dancers

4:00pm      Kuntau Martial Arts

5:00pm     Taiko Center of Los Angeles

Cosplay Contest

Pacific Media Expo and Kyodo Japanese Language School System present “Cosplay Contest” on Sunday, April 18, at 4:30 pm on the South Stage.

Exhibit Hall

The exhibit hall is located in the Barnes Park Gymnasium, and will include a number of artistic Japanese displays: origami, kimekomi dolls, ikebana (flower arranging), historical items, and more.

In addition to the displays, there is also a stage that will feature demonstrations and entertainment.

Ikebana

Ikebana display and hands-on class at the exhibition hall.

Samurai Store Armor

Samurai Store International exhibits samurai armor handcrafted in Japan by the artists of Marutake Sangyo, the same artists that created the armor for Akira Kurosawa's films, and for the Period Dramas on Japanese TV. Come see these stunning works of art at the Exhibition Hall.

The 2010 schedule is TBA – Please take a look and 2009 schedule as many of the crowd favorites may be returning to this year’s festival.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

12:00pm Nippon Kenpo

12:45pm Origami Demonstration by Michael Sanders, Yami and Lee

1:30pm    Music and Songs by Saria Idana

2:15pm    Manju Demonstration by Brian Kito

3:00pm    Sushi Demonstration by Andy Matsuda of the Sushi Chef Institute

4:00pm    Illusions by Allen Oshiro

5:00pm    Music and Songs by Mali

* “Mini” class for flower arranging by the Sogetsu Ikebana Organization, 2:00pm-5:00pm, only $5.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

11:30am    Kayama Puppet Troupe – Mrs. Kayama

12:30pm   Toyoshima Family Sushi

1:00pm     Kyo No Kai Kabuki

2:00pm    Urasenke Tea Ceremony Mrs. Osumi

2:30pm    Nagauta-Traditional Japanese Music/Kabuki Dance

3:15pm    Sushi Demonstration by Andy Matsuda of the Sushi Chef Institute

4:15pm    Magic Wayne

5:00pm    Mele O’hana Ukulele

* “Mini” class for flower arranging by the Sogetsu Ikebana Organization, 2:00pm-5:00pm, only $5.

For updated information, call (626) 307-1390 or email mpk_cherryblossom@yahoo.com.

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