“Discover the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands through traditional craft and implement demonstrations, ethnic cuisine, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Watch hula performances, listen to Tahitian drumming, try out ancient Hawaiian games, enjoy island cuisine, and admire artisans as they create traditional weavings. The ninth annual Pacific Islander Festival will feature various cultures, including Hawaiian, Marshallese, Chamoru, Tahitian, Samoan, Tokelauan, Maori, and Tongan. On Saturday, June 2 at 2:30 p.m., the Aquarium will honor Tongans Steven and Lita Fifita with the Heritage Award for their outstanding community service to Pacific Islanders.”
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Tagged aquarium, arts and crafts, chamoru, culture, hawaiian, hula, long beach, maori, marshallese, pacific islander, samoan, tahitian, tokelauan, tongan
“Become immersed in the sights and sounds of Chinatown. The Chinatown Community Street Fair takes place the weekend of the Chinese New Year Parade and is an opportunity for attendees to experience Chinese cutural arts such as latern and kite making, calligraphy, fine arts demonstrations, folk dance, and puppet shows. Traditional and modern entertainment perform on the main stage thoughout both days. Enjoy colorful folk dance from throughout Asia, acrobats, lion dancing, and magic demonstrations. Attendance at the two day fair is about 500,000. Come be a part of all the fun and magic as well as the incredible “Block of Fortune”"
Posted in Art, Calligraphy, Ceremonies, Culture, Dance, Festivals, Food, Free, Games, Live Performances, Music, Theater
Tagged arts and crafts, bay area, chinese, culture, holidays, lunar new year, san francisco
“The Annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival is an event designed to commemorate Korean immigration to the United States, which began in 1903. The festival also represents an opportunity to celebrate and share Korean cultural heritage and artistic traditions with the broader Irvine community and Orange County. The Festival is a culture-filled extravaganza replete with fine Korean cuisine, games, art, music, and entertainment.”
Some highlights of the festival (link to the complete festival schedule here):
Korean Fan Dance
Korean Drum Dances
Tae Kwon Do
Kimchi making demonstration and other Korean cuisine
Korean Brush Painting
Han Bok (Traditional Korean Clothing)
Korean Paper Crafts
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Tagged arts and crafts, culture, korean, korean fan dance, orange county, samulnori
If you want to participate in a workshop, make sure to sign up ahead of time!
“FREE ALL DAY!
Enjoy a day of fun for the whole family. This month’s theme is green living. Keep checking back for more information!
Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.”
On the schedule for Saturday:
“11AM – Doors open
11AM – Recycled puppets drop-in activity. Create your own puppets made from recycled resources including bottles, chopsticks, plastic utensils, cardboard, and other materials (while supplies last)
12PM – Growing green drop-in activity. Kids and families will have the opportunity to grow small plants to take home (while supplies last)
12PM – Paper Mache Planet Earth workshop. Create and paint your very own planet Earth out of paper mache (limit 20 students)
1 – 4PM – Kidding Around the Kitchen will help you make your own “Save the Planet” seasonal salad
1PM – Paper mache planet Earth workshop (limit 20 students)
1PM – Mottainai* Tenegui* workshop. Create a colorful tenegui towel of your own (limit 25 students)
2PM – Special performance! “Order to Go” is a fun show focusing on the environmental impact of single-use take out containers and utensils!
3PM – Paper mache planet Earth workshop (limit 20 students)
3PM – Mottainai Tenegui workshop (limit 25 students)
3:30PM – Learn the “mottainai” dance
4PM – Doors close”
Posted in Art, Crafts, Festivals, Food, Free, Games, Museum, political, Sculpture, Workshops
Tagged arts and crafts, culture, environmental, japanese, los angeles, mottainai
“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
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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
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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)”
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Tagged arts and crafts, culture, fair, history, holidays, japanese, los angeles, obon, Taiko
“Think you know Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo District? Well, you’ll see its streets very differently by the time we’re done with you!
Our event will begin with participants dividing up into teams of four (don’t worry about showing up alone or in a small group, half of the fun is meeting new people!). A list of newly updated scavenger hunt clues will be handed out (easier clues will be provided for children) and teams will be sent on a mission to explore a contained four or five block area.
At a pre-ordained time, participants will be asked to meet back up at a specified location where we will talk about what was discovered as we learn more about the history behind the locations which were just explored.
Tour cost does not include food or drink (or optional small scavenger hunt trinkets we might suggest you purchase to make the day more fun). Be aware, we are currently working on restaurant and bar discounts for tour participants. “
- WHERE: The steps in front of the Japanese American National Museum
369 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
- WHEN: Saturday, 7/2/11, 11:30am (Check-in begins 11am)
- HOW MUCH: Tickets range from $0-$20 depending on age; see event website
- MORE INFO: info
“Delicious foods such as Udon, Teriyaki , Sushi, Chinese Chicken Salad, and Fresh Roasted Corn on the Cob, Gyoza, Chili Rice, baked goods are some of the foods which will be available for purchase.
Demonstrations of Judo, Karate, Kendo and Tea Ceremony will be held. Festival-type games, exhibits of calligraphy/Sumi-E, and schoolwork completed by Japanese School Students will be featured on both days. As a special treat, LA Matsuri Taiko will be giving a special performance/demonstration during the Ondo break on Saturday.
After the demonstrations, please join in the Bon Odori dances. Bon dances are dances of joy so age or looks or experience should not inhibit anyone from entering the circle of dancers!”
Posted in Culture, Dance, Festivals, Food, Free, Games, Martial Arts, Music
Tagged japanese, los angeles, obon, san fernando valley, 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