2013 / Japanese cultural programs showcased at Torrance’s sister city event, April 20, 21

2013 Torrance Bunkasai

Torrance Sister City Association presents its 41st annual Bunka Sai on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 from 11 am – 5 pm at the Ken Miller Recreation Center.

Free admission and parking. Delicious plate lunches with BBQ chicken, fish and beef, curry rice and yakisoba for sale with mochi.

Proceeds from the event benefit our student cultural exchange program to Kashiwa Japan.

This summer eight students and an adult leader will go to Kashiwa for three weeks to learn about our sister city and the culture. In August, TSCA will host eight students from Kashiwa and an adult. We have sent hundreds of students since 1979 when we began the program.

The Candy Man, Mr. Ichiyanagi will be coming to the Torrance event to demonstrate his beautiful candy sculptures. Other programs include koto by a 13-year old boy from Awaya Kai, Okinawa taiko and dance, tea ceremony, shakuhachi, ikebana, bonsai, naginata, judo, aikido, shodo, origami, sumi-e painting, kimono show, Matsutoyo Kai shamisen, Bando Hidesomei Nihon Buyo Kai dance, and two taiko groups.


Saturday, April 20

Bunkasai Program at Ken Miller Recreation Center

11:50 am    South Bay Judo

12:30 pm    Tea ceremony by Sakiko Monuki of the Urasenke school

1:10 pm      Kimono dressing by Sueko Oshimoto of the Yamano Dressing School

1:50 pm      Naginata

2:30 pm     Japanese dance by Mai No Kai Dance School, accompanied by shamisen musicians

3:10 pm    Japanese folkdance, audience participation, instructed by Mai No Kai Dance School

3:50 pm    Kishin Taiko Group

Demonstration in Assembly Room

12:00 pm    Ikebana by Ikenobo Kai

1:00 pm      Bonsai by Koyu Kai


Sunday, April 21

Bunkasai Program at Ken Miller Recreation Center

11:50 am   Shodo calligraphy by Hiroko Ikuta

12:30 pm   Shakuhachi by Yuzan Shirai

1:10 pm     Aikido

1:50 pm    Koto by Ryan Kaneko from Awaya Kai

2:30 pm    Japanese dance by Bando Hidesomi Nihon Buyo Kai

3:10 pm   Okinawa dance/taiko by Okinawa Association of America Geinobu, Aikoh Kai, Kansei Kai, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko

3:50 pm    Japanese folk music by Matsutoyo Kai

4:20 pm    Isami Taiko, drum ensemble from Gardena Buddhist Church Youth Group

Demonstration in the Assembly Room

12:00pm    Ikebana by Ikenobo Kai