The 4th annual Los Angeles Tanabata Festival officially opens on Aug 10 at 5 pm.
The Japanese American community in Los Angeles is counting down the 4th Annual Los Angeles Tanabata Festival in Little Tokyo on Aug 9.
More than 200 ornament paper streamers created by local groups and 15 larger size paper streamers from Sendai, Japan are brought to the festival venue at north side of the Japanese American National Museum at First Street and Central Ave.
The 4th Los Angeles Tanabata Festival will officially open on Friday, Aug 10, at 5 pm and run through Monday, Aug. 13 in Little Tokyo to coincide with Nisei Week Festival events.
There will be food booth, arts/craft booths, games booths, and entertainment at stage along with the Tanabata display.
The Los Angeles Tanabata Festival is sponsored by the Nisei Week Foundation, the Little Tokyo Public Safety Association, and the Prefecture Association of Southern California (Nanka Kenjinkai Kyogikai).
Friday, August 10 (5 pm to 7 pm) Stage Event
Opening Ceremonies with: “The Tanabata Homies”
Emcees: Tamlyn Tomita & Yuko Kaifu
Opening Ceremonies Chair: Terry Hara
Chikara Daiko (taiko)
Kotobuki No Kai (minyo dance)
Matsutoyo Kai / Minyo Station
Kaoru Enjoji & PoLo (j-pop)
Ryukyu Koyashi (Okinawan minyo music)
Saturday, August 11 – Entertainment Schedule
Emcees: Rodney Kageyama and Michael Paulo
10:45 am – Chikara Daiko Taiko
11:00 am – L.A. Daiku Choir
11:15 am – FCT Koriyama Children’s Choir from Fukushima
11:30 am – Aloha Picking O’hana
12:15 pm – Kotobuki No Kai (minyo dance)
1:30 pm – Chikurei-Kai Shigu (minyo music)
2:00 pm – Magician – Daisuke Seo
2:45 pm – Karou Enjoji (j-pop)
3:30 pm – Nanka Tottori Club
4:15 pm – Michael Paulo and Band
6:00 pm – Miwa Lyric (rap/hip hop)
Sunday, August 12 – Entertainment Schedule
Emcees: Rodney Kageyama and Rob Narita
10:45 am – Chikaru Daiko (taiko)
11:15 am – Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate (martial arts)
12:00 pm – Fujima Seiyumi Kai (dance)
12:30 pm – Miyuki Matsunaga and Shoshi – Geta dance
1:00 pm – Yoshie Sato & Friends (singers) Pat Seki – Emcee / Singers: Akemi Kiss, Amy Singer, Junko Masuda, Yoshie Sato
1:30 pm – Zero – action figure from Japan
2:00 pm – Rob Narita – Singer
2:30 pm – Local Mojo
3:30 pm – Awa Odori
4:00 pm – Okinawa performers from Okinawa Kenjinkai:
1. Majikina Honryu Majikina Aiko Ryubu Dojo
2. Miyagi Nosho-kai Miyagi Nosho Ryubu Kenkyusho
3. Miyagi-ryu Toyomu-kai Arakaki Sachiko Ryubu Kenkyusho
4. Tamagusuku-ryu Kansen-kai Yonamine Keiko Ryubu Dojo
5. Ryukyu Minyo Kyokai Hokubei Branch
4:30 pm – Momotama (Japanese anime music)
(Updated Aug 10, 2012)