Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival in Torrance


Taiko performance at last year’s Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival. (Rafu Shimpo photo)


TORRANCE — The annual Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival will be held on Sunday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Columbia Park, 4045 190th St. (at Prairie) in Torrance.

This is a free festival where you are invited to bring a blanket and sit amongst the blossoming cherry trees. Food will be available for purchase. The entertainment schedule is as follows:

11 a.m. — Matsutoyo Kai (traditional Japanese folk music)

11:30 a.m. — Koto-Zanmai (koto ensemble)

12 p.m. — Welcoming remarks

12:15 p.m. — Myo’on Taiko (drumming)

1 p.m. — Wahine Illikea Dancers (Polynesian dance)

1:30 p.m. — Aloke Dasgupta and Raga Ranjani sitar students

2:05 p.m. — Torrance Naginata Dojo demonstration

2:25 p.m. — Mai no Kai (traditional Japanese dance)

2:45 p.m. — Sunny and Judy Seki (storytellers)

3 p.m. — Sampaguita Youth Dance Troupe (Pilipino dance)

3:30 p.m. — Mystic Wave (SGI jazz band)

Sponsors include: City of Torrance, Soka Gakkai International, Torrance Sister City Association, Torrance Craftsmen’s Guild, and North Torrance Homeowner’s Association.

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