Fun Blossoms in Monterey Park


Anime Cosplay Contest by Infotakus & PMXThe City of Monterey Park’s 18th annual Cherry Blossom Festival was held April 18 and 19 in Barnes Park, offering a variety of entertainment, cultural demonstrations, crafts and food. Above and below: Cosplay contests in which models dressed as their favorite characters from anime, manga and video games.

fashion showCAROLYN MORINISHI and MARIAN KUBOTAMarian Masako Kubota and Carolyn Kubota Morinishi signed copies of their new book, “Japanese Culture 4 Kids.”

Game ZoneThe San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District and other vendors offered games and prizes.

HALAU HULA MOANI’A’ALA ANUHEAHawaiian dances were performed by Halau Hula ‘a’ alu Anuhea.

KOTOBUKI NO KAIKotobuki no Kai performed on the indoor stage.

MAIN-ryukyukoku matsuri daikoOkinawan drumming by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko.

PHOTO DISPLAY STONE ISHIMARUStone Ishimaru displayed photos of the World War II internment camps.

FUJIMA KANSEI ODORI KAI1Above and below: Japanese classical dances were performed by Fujima Kansei Odori Kai.

fujima kansei odori kai (2)ikebana:manjuLeft: Sogetsu Ikebana offered mini-lessons in flower arranging. Right: Brian Kito of Fugetsudo gave a manju-making demonstration with free samples.

Sushi Demonstration by Andy Matsuda of the Sushi Chef InstituteAndy Matsuda of the Sushi Chef Institute gave a demonstration.

crafts for  kidsCrafts for kids included spin art.

Yoki DaikoDrumming by Yoki Daiko.

david torres kempo karateA martial arts demonstration by David Torres Kempo Karate.

mark keppel high school aztec singersThe Mark Keppel High School Aztec Singers.

nagautaNagauta, percussion and shamisen music for kabuki.

story timeStorytellers Sunny and Judy Seki acted out “The Tale of the Lucky Cat” with volunteers from the audience.

tanabata boothLittle Tokyo’s Tanabata Festival had a craft table.

tea ceremonyTea ceremony demonstrations were given on both days.

wu shuU.S.-Chinese Wu Shu Martial Arts gave an action-packed demonstration.

food-ogawa:ishibashiKaren Ogawa, festival chairperson, and Grant Ishibashi cooked meat at the food court.

azuma kotobuki kaiDancers with Azuma Kotobuki Kai.

kyodo taiko2UCLA’s Kyodo Taiko.

Photos by MARIO G. REYES and J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo



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