2013 / Japanese cultural programs featured at Monterey Park’s cherry blossom festival, April 20, 21

2013 Monterey Park Cherry Blossom FestivalThe 16th annaunl  Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival will be held on April 20 and 21 at the Barnes Park, 350 South McPherrin Ave, Monterey Park.

Programs and demonstrations include various foods with Asian flair, martial arts, hand-made crafts, Japanese musical entertainment, kids games, mocha making demonstration, taiko drums, origami demonstration and classes, traditional Japanese dancing, and ikebana display and instruction classes.

Free admission.  Programs will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 11 am through 6:30 pm, and on Sunday, April 21 from 11 am through 6:30 pm.

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Performance schedule on Saturday, April 20

Field Stage

11:00 am   Youujou Taiko

11:30 am   Mark Keppel High School Aztec Singers

Noon         Opening ceremony

12:30 pm  Yoki Daiko

1:00 pm    Torres Kempo Karate

1:30 pm    Halau Hula ‘a’ ala Auuhea

2:00 pm    Ajuku Girls

2:30 pm    Local Mojo

3:25 pm    Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko

3:45 pm    Bando Hidesomi traditional Japanese dancing

4:15 pm    Jishin Taiko

4:45 pm    Phillis Chang

Performance schedule on Saturday, April 20

Indoor Demonstration Stage (located inside the gym)

1:30 pm    Lolita Fashion Show

2:00 pm   Sushi demonstration by Andy Matsuda of the Sushi Chef Institue

3:00 pm   Manju demonstration by Brian Kito of Fugetsu-do

4:00 pm   Illusions of Allen Oshiro

5:00 pm   Sunny and Judy Seki: Children’s Folk Tales

Sogetsu Ikebana will be offering mini-flower arrangement classes from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. $5 material fee required.

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Performance schedule on Sunday, April 21

Field Stage

11:00 am    Mark Keppel High School Pep Band

11:30 am    Kishin Daiko

12:00 pm    Kuntau Martial Arts

12:30 pm    Koshin Taiko

1:00 pm     US-Chinese Wu Shu Martial Arts

1:20 pm    Azuma Kotobuki Kai traditional dancing

2:00 pm    June Kuramoto koto music

3:00 pm    TAIKO PROJECT/ Bombu/ Kitsune/ Tanuki Taiko

3:45 pm    Ohana Polynesian Dancers

4:15 pm    Garvey Rancho Dojo (American Nippon Kenpo)

4:45 pm    Taiko Center of Los Angeles

Performance schedule on Sunday, April 21

Indoor Demonstration Stage (located inside the gym)

11:30 am   Kayama Puppet Troupe

12:30 pm   Kyo No Kai Kabuki traditional dancing

1:30 pm     Urasenke Tea Ceremony

2:00 pm     Nagauta: Traditional Japanese Music and Kabuki Dance

2:45 pm    Anime Cosplay “Costume Play” contest

3:30 pm    Kotobuki No Kai (Nippon Minyo Kenkyu Kai)

4:00 pm    Magic Wayne

5:00 pm    Mele O’Hana Ukulele

Sogetsu Ikebana will be offering mini-flower arrangement classes from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. $5 material fee required.

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Performances and set times are subjects to change without notice.