Seal Beach 13th Annual Japan America Kite Festival

October 6, 2009

What a string of kites last Saturday! Jonathan Smith, Staff Writer for the Long Beach Press-Telegram, and Stephen Carr, Staff Photographer, had a great article “Winds of tradition” in Monday’s paper. The front page has a super photo of Grandfather Tony Kwon helping his grandson Clay fly a kite. Here is the link for all the pictures. Here is also The Orange County Register version by Jaimee Lynn Fletcher with photos by Michael Goulding. A blog post by Long Beach Family covers the festival. (This blog covers local family things to do.)

The festival was sponsored by The Japan America Society of Southern California (JASSC) and the Up Up & Away Kite Club. It’s free to the public and attracts around 10,000 visitors a year.

Japanese Kite Master Mikio Toki visited from his home and kite workshop in Chiba, Japan, to share his kites. Mattel sponsored workshops where kids could build their own paper kites. The Japanese Taiko drumming corp Daion Taiko performed a traditional drumming show to excite the crowd.

In spite of the strong wind, it was a lot of fun!

Children’s Day Celebration at JACCC in LA

April 30, 2009

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center is holding their 26th Annual Children’s Day Celebration on May 16 from 10 am – 4 pm at 244 S. San Pedro Street (between 2nd and 3rd Streets) in the historic Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles, just blocks away from
the Los Angeles Music Center and the new Disney Hall.

Asian-Pacific arts and crafts, Taiko drumming, manju and sushi making and 3-on-3 basketball are among the planned activities. Here is a Youtube video of Taiko drumming.

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