Cherry Blossom Festival in Little Tokyo to feature J-Pop performances, sake tasting, and Hawaiian entertainment, Apr 10-11

"Cherry Blossom Festival Southern California" in Little Tokyo

2010 Cherry Blossom Festival Southern California will take place on April10-11 on the streets of Little Tokyo. Now in its ninth year, the festival is free to all visitors and will feature odori dancing, children’s activities, Hawaiian entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, a beer and sake garden, a cosplay contest and fashion show as well as plenty of food and activities.

The festival kicks off Saturday morning with a host of dignitaries taking part, including Consul General Junichi Ihara and Councilmember Jan Perry. Several annual awards will be presented, such as the Senator Daniel Inouye Cherry Blossom Leadership Awards and George Kiriyama Educational Excellence Award.

A kids activity area will allow youngsters to take part in cultural crafts and games, while performances will take place continuously at the martial arts arena. Ondo dancing takes place both day at 2 pm.

This year, two rising stars headline the J-Pop stage. Singer Masumi, who has made a splash on the R&B charts with her first single performs Saturday at 4 pm, and Sunday at 3 pm. Grammy-nominated Hip-hop singer Trueful performs Saturday at 1:25 pm.

There will be four screening at the theater of East West Players, of Lane Ishikawa’ film, “Only The Brave,” which documents the story of the Japanese American 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team. A nominal $3 fee applies to the screenings.

Crafts and food booths will be located throughout the festival area, and Kirin Beer and Sake Garden, located next to the J-Pop stage, will conduct tasting by the Sake Institute of America.

The Cherry Blossom Festival Southern California takes place Saturday from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm, Sunday from 10:30 am to 5 pm. Enter on First Street in front of the Japanese American National Museum, at the Central Avenue and Parking Lot 7 next to the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

This event is produced by 100% volunteer team and is underwritten by private donation, vender fees and sponsors. For more information, visit http://www.CherryBlossomFestivalSoCal.org