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Fun for Everyone at “Blossoms in the Fall” Festival Honoring Japanese-American Culture
Food, dancing, and entertainment make this a great weekend event for all ages — fun for singles, families, and your out-of-town tourist guests.
The Cherry Blossom Festival is finally happening after an abrupt cancellation last spring. The updated event, “Blossoms in the Fall,” is scheduled for Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 2011.
The change of season and a nominal admission fee ($1.00) seem to be the only differences in this fall edition that marks the tenth year of the event. All of the favorite events are making a return appearance. We shared photos and impressions of last year’s event in two earlier posts (Gold Line Event: Little Tokyo’s Cherry Blossom Festival and Event Update: Little Tokyo’s Cherry Blossom Festival).
One of our favorite events, the kimono fashion show (this year’s theme: “Kimonos Through the Ages”) is slated for Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Both days feature performances of Hawaiian dance, traditional Japanese dance, martial arts, traditional and modern Japanese music, and Odori Dancing in the street at 2 p.m. Check the festival program for times and details.
The descriptions of many of the scheduled performance groups emphasize the multicultural and multi-generational nature of this festival. For example, The Panache Orchestra bills itself as the flavors of The Beatles and the traditional music of Europe and Japan shaken up with a shot of vintage rock. Fusion music from Minyo Station promises a multicultural sound that melds Western genres such as rock, R&B, and jazz with traditional melodies from Japanese villages. The dance group led by Fujima Seiyumi focuses on innovative pieces that honor traditional aspects of the Japanese classical and folk dancing.
On the whimsical side, the most photogenic dog contest is scheduled for Sunday at 3:15 p.m. You can vote for your favorite pooch online on the festival’s website or at the event.
The festival main entrance is at Temple Street and Alameda, just north of the Metro Gold Line’s Little Tokyo/Arts District station. Show your valid Metro pass, Metro Rail ticket, or TAP card at the information booth and receive an extra ticket for a raffle to win free prizes.
If all that dancing in the streets gets you hungry and thirsty, there will be a beer and sake garden, a food court, and food trucks, in addition to the numerous restaurants in the vicinity.
We’ll be there, and we hope you’ll join us!