The annual Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival was presented by the City of Torrance Community Services Department on April 3 at Columbia Park in Torrance.Co-sponsored by Soka Gakkai International-USA, Torrance Sister City Association, Torrance Craftsmen’s Guild and North Torrance Homeowners’ Association, this year’s festival did not coincide with the blooming of the park’s cherry trees, but a good time was had by all. Multicultural entertainment included Mystic Wave (above), SGI’s jazz band, and Wahine Illikea Dancers (below).
Above: Koto-Zanmai, an ensemble consisting of Yuki Yasuda, Yuki Kudoh, Yukiko Tsuji Sanders and Ayano Wolff. Below: Myo’on Taiko from SGI-USA. Entertainment also included Matsutoyo Kai, Aloke Dasgupta and Raga Ranjani sitar students, Torrance Naginata Dojo, Mai no Kai, and Sampaguita Youth Dance Troupe.
Above: Storytellers Sunny and Judy Seki explained traditional Japanese objects, such as daruma and maneki-neko. Sunny Seki is the author and illustrator of “The Little Kokeshi Doll from Fukushima,” “Yuko-chan and the Daruma Doll,” “The Last Kappa of Old Japan,” and “The Tale of the Lucky Cat.”
Below: Students from the Torrance Sister City Association sold raffle tickets and promoted the upcoming Bunka-Sai, sponsored by TCSA, which was held April 16 and 17 at the Ken Miller Recreation Center in Torrance.
Photos by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo