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Details of the 2011 Cherry Blossom Festival
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo will be filled with activity during the Cherry Blossom Festival. There will be something for everyone.
A sampling of the events includes theatrical productions, kimono-clad dancers, J-Pop, hula dancers, martial arts, and a kids’ fun zone. Check out the event schedule to plan your time.
The Cherry Blossom Festival is free and open to all. The festival runs from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm on Saturday, April 2, and from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday, April 3.
A few highlights:
Opening Ceremonies are at 10:45 am Saturday on the Blossom Stage. On our absolute must list is the exciting young Daion Taiko drum group, which is part of the program.
The Los Angeles Opera is presenting a new work, “White Bird of Poston,” about the internment of a 15-year-old girl in an Arizona relocation camp. It’s performed in the David Henry Hwang Theater at 2 pm on Saturday and 4 pm on Sunday.
Councilwoman Jan Perry will join other community members again this year in the Kimono Fashion Show on Saturday at 3:00 pm.
Sake fans should be sure to attend the California Sake Summit at 3:15 pm on Saturday in the David Henry Hwang Theater. The Beer and Sake Garden is open throughout the festival for your tasting pleasure.
If you are a paw-sitive culture fan, check out the winners of the Most Photogenic Dog Contest on Sunday at 3:15 pm.
Access to the festival is through two entrances: on Temple St. at Alameda St. (close to the Little Tokyo/Arts District Metro Gold Line station) and on Judge John Aiso St. (San Pedro St.) between First St. and Temple St.
If you’re coming on the Metro Red/Purple Lines and would like a nice walk passing some interesting architecture, the Civic Center stop is five blocks from First and Judge John Aiso.
See the maps below for directions.