Final Workshops Set for L.A. Tanabata Festival Saturday, July 30 & Aug. 6

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Tanabata kazari on display at the second annual Tanabata Festival in 2010.

Members of the media lend a hand in making the community Tanabata kazari

Members from the community take a break from working on the Tanabata-kazari at the Little Tokyo Koban

The community is invited to participate in the third annual Los Angeles Tanabata Festival, which will be held Aug. 12-15 in Little Tokyo.

This year’s theme is “Uplifting Our Spirits” in recognition of the gambatte spirit of the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan.

Workshops will be held on Saturday, July 30 and Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Little Tokyo Koban for individuals and organizations to create their own Tanabata kazari, which will be displayed at the festival. Food, games, entertainment and a kazari contest will be featured at the festival.

To register for the workshops, contact the Koban, 307 E. First St. in Los Angeles, (213) 613-1911, www.jhills.com.

The Tanabata Festival is part of the 71st Nisei Week Japanese Festival (www.niseiweek.org) and sponsored by the Nisei Week Foundation, the Little Tokyo Public Safety Association (Koban) and the Nanka Kenjin Kai Kyogi Kai.

Photos courtesy of Brian Kito, Little Tokyo Public Safety Association (Koban)

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