2012 / Torrance Japanese cultural arts festival, Bunka-Sai, April 21-22

Torrance Bunka Sai

The 40th annual Torrance Bunka-Sai Japanese Cultural Arts Festival to be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, at Torrance’s cultural arts complex.

The Ken Miller Recreational Center at Torrance Cultural Arts Complex is located at 3341 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503.

In addition to martial arts demonstrations — Aikido, Judo, Kendo, Naginata — there will be bonsai, ikebana (flower arranging), tea ceremony, and Shodo (calligraphy) demonstrations.

Performing arts groups will include:  Japanese dance, minyo (folk music), koto, and taiko (drums).

The entire family will be entertained at this event, and there will be games and activities (including Origami) for small children.

Join us in the City of Torrance for this fundraising event which supports the Torrance Sister City Association’s partnership program with the City of Kashiwa (in Chiba-ken), Japan.

Meet the eight high school students from Torrance who will travel to Kashiwa this summer on a three-week summer program as representatives from our community.

But most important of all, learn about and enjoy the spirit of Japanese culture at this festive event.  Admission and parking are free.


2012 Bunka Sai Performance Schedule

Ken Miller Recreation Center

Saturday, April 21 – Dr. Dan Fichtner, Emcee

11:50 Koto by Hiroko Masuda and June Chin

12:30 Tea Ceremony by Sakiko Monuki of the Urasenke School

1:10 South Bay Judo

1:50 Torrance Naginata Dojo

2:30 Japanese Dance, Lecture and Demonstration by Mai No Kai

3:10 Kendo

3:50 Kishin Taiko

Sunday, April 22 – Tricia Takasugi, Emcee

11:50 Shodo (calligraphy) by Mrs. Hiroko Ikuta

12:30 Awaya Kai Koto group

1:10 Aikido

1:50 Kimono Dressing Demonstration by Aiko Kichimi

2:35 Japanese Dance by Mai No Kai & Bando Hidesomi Nihon Buyo Kai

3:10 Matsutoyo Kai Japanese folk music

3:40 Mini shamisen lesson

3:50 Isami Taiko


Assembly Room

Saturday April 21

12:00 Ikebana demonstration (flower arranging) by Ikenobo Kai

1:00 Bonsai demonstration by Koyu Kai

Sunday April 22

1:00 Bonsai demonstration by Koyu Kai

Program subject to change without notice.