PHOTOS: From Ika to Ikebana

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Photos by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo

Orange County Buddhist Church in Anaheim held its annual Hanamatsuri on April 14 and 15, offering a variety of cultural and culinary experiences. The menu included grilled squid (pictured), beef and chicken teriburgers, oden, dango and Imagawa yaki.

Scouts from Troop 578 staffed the shave ice booth.

An exhibit of colorful koi was coordinated by Joan Finnegan of Southern California Koi Club.

An ikebana exhibit, coordinated by Kiyoko Arimura of Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Los Angeles.

These daggers were part of a sword display coordinated by R. Davis. Other displays included kimekomi dolls (Yukari Kanesaka), chigiri-e (T. Iwohara), sumi-e (John Mizuno), Japanese artifacts (Gary Yoshino), fabric dyeing (Yoshiko Urushidani), bonsai (James Takeda), and artwork by OCBC Japanese School students (Rev. Akio Miyaji).

A tea ceremony demonstration was coordinated by Soyu Tanaka of Omotesenke Domon Kai Southern California Region.

Images of the Buddha by Dharma School students were featured in a display coordinated by Marion Nishimura.

In the game area, kids used mallets to catapult fake frogs into the air.

A karate demonstration was coordinated by Fumio Demura. Other martial arts included kendo (Kohjiro Kinno) and aikido (OC Aikikai).

OCBC’s Daion Taiko performed. Entertainment was also provided by the L.A. Koto String Society, Fujima Seiyumi Kai and Misaye Bando (classical dance), and Nishimura Kai (minyo).

OCBC volunteer Diana Ando Ono with her mother, Tomiko Ando, taking a break and visiting the kimekomi doll exhibit.

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