Community Event Upadte / Gardena Japanese Cultural Insititute Carnival, June 25, 26

Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute 2011 Carnival

Family Fun at the 2011 Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute Carnival – June 25 & 26, 2011

Saturday, noon to 9:00 pm

Sunday, noon to 7:30 pm

1964 West 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247

(310) 324-6611



Indoor/outdoor Entertainment & Demonstrations

Hourly Raffle Drawings

Cultural Arts Displays

Hands-on Activities

Nursery & Produce Sales

Crafts & White Elephant Sales


Lots of fun in store…

Food & Game booths—Community organizations and classes that are housed at JCI during the year give their volunteer support to run these booths, which include fun games for the young and old—Jingle Board, Pitch ‘Til U Win, Basketball, Football Toss, Pachinko & more.

Mouthwatering dishes will be sold including udon, chirashi, inari, somen, chicken & beef teriyaki, yakisoba, imagawayaki, chili hot dogs & rice, tamales, chashu bao, spam musubi, Okinawa andagi, lau lau, and shave ice.

Performances—Outdoor stage entertainment begins at noon on both days. The program will showcase the many classes and programs held at the JCI: taiko, tai chi, hula, ‘ukulele, line dancing, break dancing; as well as, guest performers featuring On Ensemble taiko artists, Japanese dance, youth community bands and more.

Martial arts demonstrations—Indoor demonstrations will be held each day featuring JCI‘s martial arts classes held: Shotokan Karate, Naginata, Judo, Kendo, Shorinji Kempo, Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu.

Outdoor Nursery and Produce Sale—Supporting nurseries and produce businesses generously donate fresh vegetables, fruits, and beautiful plants for our Carnival sale.

Cultural arts—Japanese Language School students‘ display, senior‘s art and crafts, and children‘s art will be displayed in the upstairs classrooms. Come and visit the origami hands-on activities creating fun and innovative shapes by folding paper.

The Bridge: JCI Heritage Center—Featuring our Japanese cultural heritage library, cookie & dip mix fundraiser, special tokonoma display, Bridge membership t-shirt and bags, and Japan Relief efforts upstairs.

Bingo—Starts at 5pm on Saturday, and 4pm on Sunday.  Prizes include cash prizes and bicycles.

Prize drawings—Held hourly on both days of the Carnival giving away a variety of prizes.   Drawing winners need not be present to win.

Presale-Carnival coupon books— Currently being sold by JCI supporting organizations and at the JCI office for $10 per book prior to the Carnival. The ten $1.00 coupons can be used as scrip at all carnival booths, as well as raffle drawings eligibility.

For information and coupon books purchase, call JCI office at (310) 324-6611.

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West covina Obon FestivalWest Covina Buddhist Temple’s 2011 Obon Festival

Saturday, June 25, 2011

1203 West Puente Ave, West Covina, CA 91790

The festival lasts all day, starting from 2 pm and lasting until 9 pm

Full of Japanese culture, cuisine and of course, the exciting and spiritually meaningful Obon Odori Dancing

For more information, visit

or call (626) 913-0622