“This year’s Festival will feature vendors offering unique gifts and specialty items, food booths with various types of delectable items, amusement rides, and lots of live entertainment. The traditional Chinese New Year lion and dragon dancers along with firecrackers will kick-off the Festival Saturday morning. Various types of entertainment will be featured on both days. A large carnival fun zone will be featured in parking lots at the corner of Garvey and Lincoln Avenues.”
Posted in Culture, Festivals, Food, Free
Tagged chinese, chinese new year, culture, fair, holidays, los angeles, lunar new year, monterey park
“The San Francisco Japantown Merchants Association’s Obon Odori will be held on Sunday, August 7 at the Japantown Peace Plaza at Post and Buchanan Streets. The event will feature popular singer Ayako Hosokawa, an Obon Odori at 1:30 p.m. led by Madame Michiya Hanayagi and yosakoi dancing at 2:30.
The public is invited to join in the festivities, including the Obon Odori dancing. Free dance practices for the Obon will be held on August 1 and 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at May’s Coffee Shop in the West Mall of the Japan Center (formerly Kintetsu Mall).
The entertainment schedule for the Obon is:
1:00 p.m. – Hanayagi Dance Group
1:15 p.m. – Ayako Hosokawa
1:30 p.m. – Obon Odori
2:30 p.m. – Yosakoi Dance
Obon is a Buddhist observance honoring the memory of one’s ancestors and those who have recently passed away. Remembering with those who have departed from our lives with joy and gratitude is a key theme in Obon as it is observed in the United States. Reflecting this spirit, all members of the community, regardless of religious affiliation, are encouraged to attend and join in the communal folk dancing, the Obon Odori.”
Posted in Culture, Dance, Festivals, Free, Live Performances, Music
Tagged bay area, culture, fair, holidays, japanese, obon, obon festival, san francisco
You guys, this sounds SOOO EXCITING!!!
“The Korean BBQ Cook-Off brings the top Korean BBQ restaurants in Los Angeles to showcase their best BBQ dishes to the public. It is an annual event organized by Korean American Coalition (KAC) to promote Korean cuisine and culture to all communities in the greater Los Angeles area. This year all local chefs are invited to compete in the Korean BBQ Cook-Off.”
“OBON is a traditional event to honor and express gratitude to the spirits of our ancestors, those before us who provided us with the gift of life.
The Obon Festival is held as a celebration of the return of the spirits of our ancestors. The festival features delicious food, games, farmers market, flower market, tea ceremony demonstrations, traditional Bon Odori Dancing, and taiko drummers, musical groups, and plenty of entertainment all day.
Entertainment – The 2011 entertainment lineup will include happyfunsmile, Local Mojo, hereandnow, TAIKOPROJECT and many others.
Saturday, July 30
MC – Shin Ito
2:00 Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko
2:30 Fujima Kansei Odori Kai
4:15 Bodhi Tree
5:00 Bombu/Kitsune Taiko
6:00 Manto-e Service
6:30 Bon Odori
Sunday, July 31
MC – Shin Ito
Guest MC – Rodney Kageyama
1:30 Gwendolyn Band
2:00 Kinnara Taiko
2:30 Lumbini Child Development
3:00 Local Mojo
4:00 Higashi Zumba Demo
4:20 Somen Eating Contest
4:30 Bombu/Kitsune Taiko
6:00 Manto-e Service
6:30 Bon Odori”
- WHERE: Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple
505 E. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
- WHEN: Saturday/Sunday, 7/30/11-7/31/11, 12pm (noon)-9pm
- HOW MUCH: FREE
- MORE INFO: http://hhbt-la.org/?p=992
Posted in Crafts, Culture, Dance, Festivals, Food, Free, Games, Live Performances, Music
Tagged arts and crafts, ceremony, culture, fair, japanese, los angeles, obon festival, Taiko, tea ceremony
Another Obon festival!
“Obon Food booths: Udon (noodles), Strawberry Shortcake, Sushi, Manju, Chicken Teriyaki, Imagawa Yaki, Gyoza, Tempura, Beef Teriyaki, Chicken Ramen Salad, Nigiri Sushi
Game Booths: Whiffle Toss, Treasure Chest, Grab Bag, Bear Toss, Hoop-la, Ping Pong Toss, Tic Tac Toe, Add ’em Up, Duck Scoop, Color Spot, Ring Toss, Nickel Toss, Milk Can, Basketball Toss, Golf (Putting), Bingo, Pull Tabs”
- WHERE: San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
640 North 5th Street
San Jose, California
- WHEN: Saturday, 7/9/11, 11:30am – 10pm
Sunday, 7/10/11, 11:30am – 8pm
- HOW MUCH: FREE
- MORE INFO: http://www.sjbetsuin.com/Events/Obon2011
Posted in Culture, Festivals, Free, Games, Live Performances, Music
Tagged bay area, fair, holidays, japanese, san jose, Taiko
“A festival with ethnic foods, games, BINGO, cultural exhibits, martial arts demonstrations, folk dancing (public invited to participate).
Stage Entertainment: MC Rodney Kageyama…. Nishi Center Kids, Ha-Aloha Polynesian Dancers, LA Matsuri Daiko, Jerry Kamei Jazz Band, San Fernando Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Choir, Music by Sunset Silhouette, Matsutoyo Kai, Taiko Project, Nippon Minyo Hoshuju Kai, Miyuki Matsunaga (geta dancer)”
Posted in Culture, Dance, Festivals, Food, Free, Games, Live Performances, Martial Arts, Music
Tagged arts and crafts, culture, fair, history, holidays, japanese, los angeles, obon, Taiko
“Enjoy a day filled with stage performances by the best world traditional music and dance groups and storytellers in Southern California in our outdoor amphitheater, along with free art workshops, a kids area, an arts & crafts fair, house and gallery tours, a lawn sports tournament, picnicking, jugglers, and food vendors. Performers include a blessing by the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians; Chaski Bolivian flutes; Bella Luna Belly Dancers; Zhena Croatian Folk Chorus; Polynesian Paradise Dancers; PLAID Irish Dancers with When Pigs Fly; Evan Marshall & Friends Bluegrass; Linda King Pruitt and more.”
Posted in Art, Crafts, Culture, Dance, Festivals, Food, Free, Games, Music, Spoken Word, Workshops
Tagged arts and crafts, fair, orange county, pacific islander
“Happy Birthday! It’s the museum’s 40th anniversary, and we will be celebrating with a pan-cultural birthday party. Come enjoy fun crafts, performances, demonstrations, hands-on activities and of course free admission to the galleries.”
- WHERE: Fort Mason, San Francisco
- WHEN: December 11, 2010. Fair 11am-7pm, concert: 8pm-11pm
- HOW MUCH: Fair: adults $10, kids/seniors: $5, concert: adults $20, kids/seniors $10 but free with BAFoT membership
- MORE INFO: http://www.friends-of-tibet.org/tibetday/tibetday.html