2010 / Torrance Sister City Association to celebrate 38th Annual Bunka-Sai event, May 1, 2

Torrance Bunka Sai


The 38th Annual Torrance Bunka-Sai

May 1 (Saturday) 11:00 AM  – 5:00 PM

May 2 (Sunday)    11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Ken Miller Recreation Center, 3341 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503

Free parking, free admission


Torrance Sister City Association will be celebrating Japanese culture and festivities at the 38th annual Bunka-Sai Japanese cultural festival from Saturday, May 1 to Sunday, May 2 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Ken Miller Recreation Center on 3341 Torrance Boulevard in Torrance.

Bunka-Sai is the perfect family-friendly outing to experience the culture of Japan and supporting a great cause.

Every year, Torrance Sister City Association hosts the Bunka-Sai fundraiser to support the student exchange program for the eight selected students participating in global relations and international friendship.

Students volunteer at Bunka-Sai in collaboration with multiple organizations to provide participants with delicious food, stunning art exhibits, live entertainment, unique gifts for purchase, and exciting raffle drawings.

Torrance Sister City Association’s Student Club will also be providing several game booths catered to children. Public are invited to join in experiencing Japanese culture and creating memories.

Torrance Bunkasai Flying CarpsTorrance Bunkasai Hina Doll

Stage Program

Saturday, May 1

11:35 AM: Welcome on the Torino Plaza Stage

11:45 AM: Introductory remarks by M.C. Gene Barnett, Torrance City Council

11:50 – 12:20 PM: Okinawa dances by Toyomu-kai

12:30 – 1:00 PM: Japanese choral music by Choral Arts South Bay with Richard Momma, director and piano accompanist Kazuko Yasukawa

1:10 – 1:40 PM: Judo by South Bay Judo

1:50 – 2:20 PM: Naginata (martial arts) by Southern California Naginata Federation

2:30 – 3:00 PM: Kendo by Torrance Kendo Club

3:10 – 3:40 PM: Japanese folk singing by Matsutoyo-kai

3:50 – 4:20 PM: Taiko by Koshin Taiko

Torrance Bunkasai Bonsai

Sunday, May 2

11:35 AM: Welcome on the Torino Plaza Stage

11:45 AM: Introductory remarks by M.C. Dan Fichtner

11:50 – 12:20 PM: Shodo (calligraphy) by Beikoku Shodo Kenkyu-kai

12:30 – 1:00 PM: Shakuhachi (bamboo flute) by Schultz Shozan

1:10 – 1:40 PM: Buyo (dance) by Bando Mitsuhiro-kai

2:30 – 3:00 PM: Ninjutsu (martial arts) by The Way of the Shadow Martial Arts Academy

3:10 – 3:40 PM: Aikido (martial arts) by Torrance Aikido Club

3:50 – 4:20 PM: Taiko by Isami Taiko of Gardena Buddhist Church

4:30 PM: Grand Prize Drawing

Torrance Bunkasai DollTorrance Bunkasai Lucy CatTorrance Bunkasai Jacket Sale

Arts, Crafts and Gift exhibit


3-D Japanese Art and Shadow Box: Framed 3-D Art Work, Michiko Miyazaki [310] 328-1287

Heart & Hand: Japanese Fabric Clothing & Gift Items, Eriko Page [661] 822-3107

Jan Kagimoto: Gift Items, [310] 323-6289


Japanesque Accents: Japanese Fabric Gift Items, Melissa Hennrick [310] 533-0432

Just a Glimmer: Fabric Gift Items, Amy Myamura [310] 408-2299

Kana Aida: Handmade Pottery, [310] 951-3020

Kawai Sumi-e Club: Japanese Brush Painting, Sharon Neff [310] 326-1472

Kihara Arts and Crafts Studio: Seigyoku Kihara [310] 538-5447

Now and Zen: Jewelry and Vintage Kimono Clothing Items, Esther Kodama [626] 333-5572

Roketsu: Japanese Batik, Masae Saga [310] 538-5280

TSCA Gift Booth: Ann Smisek [310] 540-4240

United Studios of Self Defense: Martial Arts Gear & Classes, Brent Murakami [310] 539-6797


Torrance Bunkasai Kashiwa Happi

Food Concessions

Beef Plate Lunch: Cabbage Salad, Rice

Cotton Candy


Curry with Rice


Deserts & Beverages

Hawaiian Coffee and Smoothies: Maui Wowi Hawaiian

Japanese National Honors Society: Peninsula High School

Okinawa Dango (Donuts)

Shaved Ice & Jewelry: South Bay Judo Club


Takoyaki & Okonomiyaki: Al De Naide Co., ltd.

Thank you, Yakisoba & Cabbage Salad donors!: JSL Foods (noodles) Otafuku Foods, Inc. (sauce) Randy’s Market (produce)

Children’s Activities

Shrinky Dinks, Let’s Go Fishing, Bean Bag Toss, Picture Frames, Water Balloons: Torrance Sister City Association Student Club

Children’s Art Class: Saga Arts Center

Origami (Paper Folding): Cooper’s Creasers