The Torrance Sister City Association presented the annual Bunka-Sai (Japanese Cultural Festival) on April 26-27 at the Ken Miller Recreation Center in Torrance. Above: Members of South Bay Judo demonstrated how to hit the ground safely.
Toshiko Ohkawa presented a show explaining different kimono that are worn according to the woman’s age and the type of occasion. Other demonstrations/performances included drumming by Kishin Taiko and Taiko Center; tea ceremony by Sakiko Monuki of the Urasenke School; calligraphy by Hiroko Ikuta; Okinawan dance and taiko by Okinawa Association of America Geinobu, Aikoh Kai, Kansei Kai and Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko; koto by Awaya Kai; Japanese dance by Mai no Kai and Bando Hidesomi Nihon Buyo Kai; shakuhachi by Shoshi Kanokohata; shamisen by Matsutoyo Kai; and naginata, kendo and aikido by local dojos.
Photos by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo