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Celebration of Asian Culture at Aquarium of the Pacific

LONG BEACH — Autumn Festival, a celebration of Asian culture, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way in Long Beach.

Delve into the arts, cuisines, cultures, and marine environments of Asia during the 15th anniversary of Autumn Festival, which highlights the traditions of Japan, China, Korea, and the Philippines through a weekend of learning opportunities and family entertainment celebrating the rich diversity of Asian and Asian American cultures.

Saturday, Nov. 4

HIkari Taiko

10:00 a.m.: Chinese zither performance by Christine Hu

10:30 a.m.: Children’s cultural storytelling

10:40 a.m.: Lion dance and martial arts by Northern Shaolin Kung Fu

11:45 a.m.: Tea pot balancing and changing faces by Wei Zhong

12:20 p.m.: Taiko drumming by Hikari Taiko

12:30 p.m.: Arthur Nakane, one-man band

12:55 p.m.: Shorin-Ryu Karate of Little Tokyo

1:40 p.m.: Japanese Folk dance by Minyo Odori Kotobuki no Kai

2:30 p.m.: Chinese dance by Clear Cosmos Art Studio

3:10 p.m.: Malaya Filipino American Dance Arts

3:30 p.m.: Arthur Nakane

4:00 p.m.: Taiko drumming by Yuujou Daiko

Sunday, Nov. 5

Awa Odori Tokushima Ren

10:00 a.m.: Christine Hu

10:30 a.m.: Children’s cultural storytelling

10:40 a.m.: Northern Shaolin Kung Fu

11:45 a.m.: Wei Zhong

12:20 p.m.: Japanese Dance by Awa Odori by Tokushima Ren

12:30 p.m.: Arthur Nakane

12:55 p.m.: Filipino folk dance by Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts

1:40 p.m.: Heritage Award ceremony honoring Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches (A3M)

2:30 p.m.: Japanese Dance by Bando Ryu Kyo No Kai and Nakamura Gankyo

3:10 p.m.: Taiko drumming by Daion Taiko

3:30 p.m.: Arthur Nakane

4:00 p.m.: Korean dance by Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Academy

The festival will also feature crafts for children by Origami Magic; kimekomi dolls by Yukari Kai; sumi-e and calligraphy; Cherry Blossom Festival of Southern California’s “Six Weddings and a Dress” exhibit with Chiyomi Ogawa; and East West Discovery Press (Sunday only).

Autumn Festival partner: WOW! Event Productions.

All programs subject to change and weather-dependent.

General admission is $29.95 for adults, $26.95 for seniors (62+), $17.95 for children (3-11). For more information, call (562) 590-3100, email or visit

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