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N AL ANN ANN ANNUAL

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									                                             10th
                                                                                                   TH
                                                                                         ANNUAL
  Sept. 24 & 25, 2011    Festival Hours: Saturday 10:30 am – 6:30 pm & Sunday 10:30 am – 5:00 pm




                                                                                   Jan Perry
                                                                              City of Los Angeles
LA Kimono Club                                                                Council District #9

                             Dr. GorDon AnD JoAnne SASAKI


 LInDSAy FULTz




                                                                         TAKArA SAKe, USA InC.




KAnSUIryU BeIKoKU                 Two GUyS From GArDenA -
 KInyU GInShI KAI               Jonny “KIKI” PAL & KIyo SUzUKI                 rAy BAILey

                        yAeGAKI CorPorATIon
                              oF USA

                             www.cherryblossomfestivalsocal.org
                                              – PAGE 1 –
Blossom Stage Schedule                                               Martial Arts Schedule
Saturday – Sept. 24, 2011                                            Saturday – Sept. 24, 2011
10:45 am        OPENING CEREMONIES                                   11:00 am        Northern Shaolim
                Kodama Taiko                                         11:30 pm        Northern Shaolim
                Koyasan Scout Troop 379 Color Guards                 12:00 pm        Shorin-Ryu Karate
                                                                     12:30 pm        Aikido Institute of America
                National Anthem sung by Kathy Bee
                                                                     1:00 pm         Sityodtong USA - Muay Thai
                Opening Welcome by Mr. Hirotaka Kakita,
                                                                     1:30 pm         Kage Ninjutsu
                representing Consulate General of Japan in
                Los Angeles office                                   2:00 pm         Goltz Judo Club
                                                                     2:30 pm         South Bay Jeet Kune Do
                Aki Onouye performing two songs in
                Japanese supporting Japan Rebuild -                  3:00 pm         Paramount Karate
                “Yamato” and “Kaachan”                               3:30 pm         Atemi Ryu - Los Angeles
                Kathy Bee performs “I Am An American”                4:00 pm         Balintiwak International -
                                                                                     Filipino Martial Arts
11:45 am        Kathy Bee & Friends
                                                                     4:30 pm         Capoeira Batuque - Brazilian Martial Arts
                Songs from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s featuring
                The Red Hat Mamas, Fleet Easton &                    6:30 pm         Festival closes
                Mario Raven
                                                                     Sunday – Sept. 25, 2011
12:30 pm        George Kiriyama Educational Excellence
                                                                     11:30 am        Jin Wu Kung Fu
                Award - Presented by Iku Kiriyama.
                Teachers Making a Difference Awards                  12:00 pm        North Valley Aikikai
                                                                     12:30 pm        Monterey Park Karate Club
1:15 pm         Senator Daniel Inouye Cherry Blossom
                Leadership Awards, Community Treasures &             1:00 pm         Kuk Sul won - Korean Martial
                Blossom Award presented by                                           Arts
                Dr. Gordon Sasaki                                    1:30 pm         Villa Park - Jiu-Jitsu (MMA,
                                                                                     grappling)
1:45 pm         Fujima Kansei Odori
                                                                     2:00 pm         Villa Park - Jiu-Jitsu
2:00 pm         Rob Narita and Friends                                               (MMA, grappling)
2:30 pm         Minyo Station                                        2:30 pm         L.A. Wu Shu
3:15 pm         Kimono Fashion Show “Kimonos Through                 3:00 pm         Filipino Martial Heritage -
                The Ages” featuring L.A. City Councilwoman                           Filipino Martial Arts
                Jan Perry                                            3:30 pm         Shinkendo -
                                                                                     Japanese Sword
5:00 pm         Gary Jung
                                                                     4:00 pm         Systema - Russian Martial Arts
6:30 pm         Festival closes
                                                                     5:00 pm         Festival closes
Sunday – Sept. 25, 2011                                              Schedule subject to change.

11:30 am Kotobuki No Kai
12:00 pm Miyuki Matsunaga
                                                                     Blossom Stage Emcee
12:45 pm Gina Hiraizumi
                                                                     Miyuki Matsunaga
1:30 pm Fujima Seiyumi Kai                                           Miyuki Matsunaga is a Japanese actress in Los
                                                                     Angeles who dances, sings, does voiceover and
2:00 pm Naoki Atkins                                                 emcee work, teaches yoga and pilates, and directs
2:15 pm Walter Nishinaka of Matsubayashi-ryu Karate                  for music, video and stage. She teaches Dance and Miyuki Matsunaga
        of Little Tokyo                                              Song for special needs children and is active in
                                                                     volunteering for charity events including Japan disaster relief and
2:45 pm Matsubayashi-ryu Karate of Little Tokyo                      animal rescue. She is also a performance artist with her own
                                                                     Japanese dance style called GETA DANCE, which blends
3:15 pm Best in Festival Most Photogenic Dog Contest                 elements of traditional Japanese dance, modern dance, martial
4:00 pm Panache Orchestra                                            arts, and her original haiku poetry. In her performances she wears
                                                                     Japanese GETA sandals with original KIMONO and uses various
5:00 pm Festival closes                                              traditional items like SENSU (a fan), KASA (an umbrella), and
Schedule subject to change.
                                                                     Katana (a sword) while dancing and singing. For more
                                                                     information, go to miyukiart.com / miyukigetadance.com
                                                             – PAGE 2 –
Hawaiian Village Schedule                                           J-Pop Stage Schedule
Saturday – Sept. 24, 2011                                           Saturday – Sept. 24, 2011
11:00 am        Wahine Ilikea Dancers                               11:30 am        Ramen Tree
                                                                    12:00 pm        Choichi Kai
12:00 pm        Ho’aloha and O’ahu
                                                                    1:15 pm         Stephanie Yanez
1:00 pm         Hawaiian Splendor and Ka
                Hale Hula O’Iolana                                  1:45 pm         The AniMaid Cafe and Harajuku
                                                                                    Fashion Show
2:00 pm         Ondo/Odori Dancing
                                                                    3:30 pm         Dig Jelly
3:00 pm         Da Hawaiian Delites
                                                                    4:15 pm         Ajuku Girls
4:00 pm         Ka’amea
                                                                    5:00 pm         Senka
5:00 pm         Halau O Na Ka Lokelani
                                                                    6:30 pm         Festival closes
5:45 pm         Ohana Polynesian Dancers
6:30 pm         Festival closes                                     Sunday – Sept. 25, 2011
                                                                    11:00 am        Mwa Lyric
Sunday – Sept. 25, 2011                                             11:45 am        Moichi Café
11:00 am        Oahu Hula Revue                                     12:30 pm        Naoki Atkins
12:00 pm        Hula O’Hoaloha                                      12:45 pm        Hollywood Entertainment Academy &
                                                                                    Fashion Show
1:00 pm         Halau Na Pua Lehua I Ka UA Noe
                                                                    2:00 pm         Cherry Blossom Festival So Cal Cosplay
2:00 pm         Ondo/Odori Dancing                                                  Contest
3:00 pm         Halau Hula O’Nalikokauikawekiulani                  3:45 pm         The Otafuku3
4:00 pm         Pumana                                              4:30 pm         Big Bertha
5:00 pm         Festival closes                                     5:00 pm         Festival closes
Schedule subject to change.                                          Schedule subject to change.



                                                                    J-Pop Stage Emcee
Hawaiian Village Emcee                                              Carmin Wong
                                                                    DJ Wong was born and raised in 7 mile, Detroit,
Kamaka Brown                                                        Michigan. She was influenced musically at a
Hawaiian Island native Kamaka Brown has been                        young age by R&B, Hip Hop, and Soul, which
making people laugh on both sides of the Pacific                    were prolific in Detroit. She has had an ear for
for several years now. He’s a multi-talented Kamaka Brown           music since the day she was born. After moving
                                                                                                                          Carmin Wong
                                                                    to Los Angeles as a young teenager she started
writer, motivational speaker, comic and
                                                                    attending underground parties and became
entertainer. He’s produced a series of successful comedy shows      obsessed with the trance scene. Ever since, she has had a burning
called the “Comedy Luau” in Southern CA. He has a comedy CD         desire to get behind the decks. While pursuing a Real Estate
and “Aloha Happens” products available on his website: www.         Finance degree at University of Los Angeles, DJ Wong began
kamakabrown.com                                                     working behind the scenes at events at the back lots of Universal
                                                                    studios, Paramount studios, events like the MTV Awards, BET
                                                                    Awards, Private Estates and boat parties. She worked behind the
                                                                    scenes with DJ’s who inspired her even more to pursue dj-ing
                                                                    and producing music on her own terms. She has been practicing
                                                                    and learning her skills and is now ready to rock the dance floor
                                                                    herself, with her style of music, a sense of trance, with cooling
Story Telling by BookPals                                           sensation music that has not yet been heard, music that will move
Story telling by BookPals SAG Foundation will                       people for generations to come. She has been in Los Angeles for
                                                                    over twenty years and watched the music industry change. She is
be held near the Kids Craft Area. SATURDAY:                         currently working with some prominent music producers in the
12:00 pm & 1:00 pm with Nanciann Horvath;                           scene. She is currently in the studio and expected to release her
3:00 pm & 5:00 pm with Larry Swanson.                               own solo album, “Cooling” by December 2011. It will contain
SUNDAY: 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm with Phoenix                             both remixes and original tracks. She hopes to be touring the
                                                                    world supporting her album after its release. She hopes that
Brown; 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm & 4:00 pm with                              crowd’s can’t go wrong, with DJ Wong. For more booking info
Sunny Stone. (See bios on Page 11)                                  please visit: www.carminwong.com
                                                            – PAGE 3 –
            SENDING HOPE TO JAPAN – EARTHQUAKE RELIEF CENTER
           LOOK FOR THE AMERICAN RED CROSS EMERGENCY VEHICLE
          10,000 Cranes for the CBF Origami Tree – Cherry Blossom Festival SoCal
The Cherry Blossom Festival Southern California (CBFSC) and the
American Red Cross have teamed up to raise money for the Japan
Earthquake Relief Project.
   On September 24-25, 2011, the festival is offering guests
an opportunity to make a difference. Each guest who donates a
minimum of one dollar can adopt a paper crane to be used as part
of an Origami Tree, our symbol of hope. Make one or select one
from cranes that are already made and sign your name. Our goal is
to have 10,000 cranes adopted.
   Other organizations have experienced this same outpouring of
emotions and have approached us to be a part of our Relief Center.
Cherry Blossom Vendor CZ Wick and Suda, a local San Gabriel
Valley soap maker, will give each donor a gift of bath salts and will also donate $1 from each sale of these natural/
organic products to the Relief Effort according to owner Cheryl Zaha. Also, on Sunday, massage therapists who work for
chiropractic/acupuncture offices and hotel spas are coming together to offer 10 minute massages for $15 with 100% of
the proceeds going to the Red Cross.
   The Cherry Blossom Festival SoCal will bring together the community of Southern California to celebrate the diverse
Japanese American and Japanese culture. What better way than to bring our community together to help our friends
overseas who have been so devastated by mother nature through funds and the spirit of love and hope. The Cherry
Blossom Festival is produced by a 100% volunteer team and underwritten through donations. Your donation will help
to create this area and help underwrite the Festival as well as to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami.




                                                               Kids Crafts
Ondo Dancing adjacent to
Hawaiian Village Stage                                         Interactive crafts may include
Attendees are encouraged to join with                          Fish Kites, Origami, Cherry
dancers at 2:00 pm by the Hawaiian Stage.                      Blossoms, Pinwheels, and Paper
• Nippon Minyo Kenkyukai is a Folk                             Lanterns. Special crafts by
  and Popular Song Dance Group based in                        Pacific Asia Museum.
  the Los Angeles area.
• Members of Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in
  Los Angeles enjoy Obon
  Dancing all year round.
• The San Fernando
  Valley         Japanese
  American Community
  Center Meiji Club
  Ondo Dancers have
  enjoyed dancing together
  since 1998.
                                                       – PAGE 4 –
Senator Daniel Inouye Cherry Blossom Leadership Honorees
A Brief History of Nikkei for Civil Rights &                           Grateful Crane Ensemble, Inc. / “Performing
Redress (NCRR)                                                         Out of Gratitude”
                                                                       For the past ten years, the mis-
                                                                       sion of the Los Angeles-based
                                                                       Grateful Crane Ensemble
                                                                       (GCE) has been to present edu-
                                                                       cational and theatrical programs
                                                                       in appreciation for the unique
                                                                       hardships and inspiring contri-
                                                                       butions of Japanese Americans
                                                                       in our country’s history.
                                                                           In 2004, GCE’s Camp
                                                                       Dance: The Music & The
                                                                       Memories began its journey of
                                                                       taking audiences back to the
NCRR was founded in 1980 as the National Coalition                     floor of the high school dances young Nisei held behind barbed
for Redress/Reparations by Nikkei (Japanese Americans)                 wire in America’s concentration camps. Through entertain-
from across the country. The members were united around                ing vignettes and the singing of classic songs from the 1940s,
1) Individual compensation of $25,000 for each Japanese                the show has educated and entertained the public across the
American who suffered deprivation of liberty during the War;           country about camp life in ways that can’t be done by reading
2) A community trust fund; 3) Overturning the wartime court            a book or listening to a lecture.
cases of Fred Korematsu, Gordon Hirabayashi, and Min Yasui;
4) Education of the general public about the incarceration of              In 2010, GCE produced The Betrayed by Nisei playwright
Japanese Americans; and 5) To support similar campaigns                Hiroshi Kashiwagi, a two-act play that deals with two highly
against injustice. The successful grassroots campaign culmi-           controversial “loyalty” questions that were imposed upon
nated in President Ronald Reagan’s signing of the 1988 Civil           Japanese Americans as they were being held in camps across
Liberties Act, which provided compensation and an apology to           the country. These questions—and the subsequent split they
the more than 82,000 survivors of the concentration camps.
    In 2000, the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Coalition         caused within the Japanese American community—is a subject
for Redress/Reparations decided to adopt its non-profit name,          once thought “untouchable” to discuss. However, by fairly
Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, with the same acronym,              presenting both sides of the argument in the context of a love
NCRR. The new name better reflected NCRR’s work which                  story, GCE has and continues to tackle this difficult subject
continues today: active participation in the broad areas of civil      through the power of live theater.
rights as well as continued commitment to education about the              Through storytelling, music, drama and humor, GCE is
Japanese American incarceration.
    NCRR supports minorities such as Muslims, Arabs and                committed to telling the camp story to educate and remind
Southeast Asians who have become targets of racism and intol-          ourselves of this dark chapter in American history, and to
erance after the events of 9/11/01. NCRR is an active par-             remain vigilant so it never happens again.
ticipant in efforts to make Little Tokyo a thriving community,
which includes the campaign for a recreation center. NCRR
is a voting member of the Little Tokyo Community Council.              Japanese American Living Legacy
NCRR has been a sponsor of the annual Day of Remembrance               www.jalivinglegacy.org
program in Los Angeles for more than 20 years. The DOR
program commemorates the February 19, 1942 signing of
Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. EO
9066 enabled the U.S. government to imprison 120,000 per-
sons of Japanese ancestry into American concentration camps.
NCRR is one of the sponsors of the Summer Activist Training
which is an intensive four-day program for young people who
want to make a difference in their communities but who lack            Japanese American Living Legacy is committed to educating
the skills to organize campaigns.                                      the general public about the roles of immigrant Japanese and
    NCRR’s membership meets regularly at monthly “general”
meetings. NCRR’s most active committees are the Education,             Americans of Japanese ancestry in American history. Our goal
“9/11,” Archive, Web, and DOR committees.                              is to use oral histories as the primary means to capture and
    NCRR has no paid staff and all the work is done by vol-            convey the lives, experiences and memories of these people and
unteers.                                                               to promote the education of all Americans by engaging the
    NCRR’s website is: www.ncrr-la.org and email address               general public in community enrichment programs.
is:ncrrla@yahoo.com.
                                                               – PAGE 5 –
Senator Daniel Inouye Cherry Blossom Leadership Honorees
Jan Perry, LA City Councilwoman                                             Natural Resources, and Economic Benefit from Waste for LA
                                                                            (RENEW LA) Committee. She is a member of the Housing,
Whether implementing cutting edge                                           Community and Economic Development Committee and Public
improvements or ensuring delivery of                                        Safety Committee. She was appointed by the mayor to represent
fundamental services, Jan Perry is mak-                                     LA as governing board member of the South Coast Air Quality
ing a positive change in the lives of                                       Management District, and was re-elected in 2006 by the Western
her constituents. Now in her third                                          cities to serve another 4-year term. Perry also serves on the
term as Councilwoman of the Ninth                                           Exposition Light Rail Authority and is president pro tempore for
District, Perry represents some of the                                      the Los Angeles City Council.
most diverse and vibrant communities                                            Perry earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of
in Los Angeles including Bunker Hill,                                       Southern California School of Journalism, cum laude. She
Little Tokyo, and South Los Angeles.                                        received a master’s degree from USC in public administration.
     Before Perry began her first term,
the basic services available in other          Councilwoman Jan Perry
Los Angeles neighborhoods were being                                        Manzanar Committee
neglected in parts of her district. Perry’s commitment to change
that, along with her untiring efforts in working with public agen-
cies and environmental groups, has resulted in major improve-
ments in the district’s operations and infrastructure. Her success
in responding to the district’s needs has been dramatically dem-
onstrated by the increase in trash capture devices, resurfacing and
repaving of streets, repair of sidewalks, and the increase in the           Our Mission Statement:
number of streetlights.                                                     The Manzanar Committee is dedicated to educating and raising
     In addition to understanding and meeting the needs of the              public awareness about the incarceration and violation of civil
communities within her district, Perry recognized the special               rights of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II, and
relationship between her constituencies in South Los Angeles                to the continuing struggle of all peoples when Constitutional
and downtown, and she is putting in place the mechanisms                    rights are in danger.
that will enable the sectors to benefit each other. Perry is also           About the Manzanar Committee…
involved in planning strategies that will maximize opportunities                In December 1969, a group of about 150 people, mostly
for development in South Los Angeles and share in downtown’s                young, mostly Japanese Americans, drove by car and bus to a
job opportunities resulting from its increase in housing and enter-         place between Lone Pine and Independence, California. The
tainment centers. One of these initiatives is her proposed one-year         place we had come looking for was Manzanar, one of ten con-
moratorium on new fast food outlets in South Los Angeles. This              centration camps in which Japanese Americans were imprisoned
measure, together with a grocery store and sit-down restaurant              during World War II. This was, we thought, our first Manzanar
incentive package that she spearheaded, will provide opportunities          Pilgrimage. The bitter cold and biting wind gave us our first les-
for new businesses to invest in South Los Angeles.                          son on how life must have been for the internees. Our humility
     In order to reduce crime, Councilwoman Perry is support-               was reinforced when we learned that what we had brashly called
ing programs for at risk youth, employment opportunities, and               our “first” pilgrimage was for two Issei ministers, their 25th—
after-school programs that serve as an alternative to gang life.            Rev. Sentoku Mayeda and Rev. Shoichi Wakahiro are gone—but
She also is putting into place aggressive crime stopping measures           their spirits live on.
and is working for stronger deployment of LAPD personnel and                    In 1972, after a year-long campaign led by the Manzanar
resources in high crime areas.                                              Committee and the Japanese American Citizens League, Manzanar
     Central City East, an area known by many as Skid Row, has              was designated California State Historic Landmark #850.
been a community that Perry has worked passionately with to                     In April 1985, the National Park Service, Department of
improve, outreaching to the homeless, fighting for permanent                Interior designated Manzanar as a National Historic Landmark.
supportive housing, and working with local agencies to create               The plaque was presented to the City of Los Angeles during the
programs that truly help those in need. Perry has earmarked                 pilgrimage program on April 27, 1985.
funds to establish the city’s first year-round Emergency Homeless               H.R. 543, introduced by Congress member Mel Levine,
Shelter Program. She is spearheading integration of vital services          received considerable support in Congress. The bill passed
for shelter cases in a multi-pronged effort to meet the challenge           on February 19, 1992, the 50th anniversary of the signing of
of homelessness in Central City East and throughout the region.             Executive Order 9066, designating Manzanar as a National
     Perry co-authored and is widely credited with passage of               Historic Site. The 23rd Annual Pilgrimage, held on April 25,
Proposition O to clean Los Angeles water. The Augustus Hawkins              1992, brought more than 2,200 participants to celebrate the
Wetland is one of Perry’s most inspiring initiatives. The nation’s          designation.
first man-made wetland in a highly urban area is part of Augustus               The original auditorium was restored by the National Park
Hawkins Park. Perry initiated the project, and it is due in large           Service as a state-of-the-art Interpretive Center, which had its
measure to her unwavering tenacity that it came to fruition. The            grand opening in 2004. In addition to telling the story of the
project is an ecological wonder in its own right, and it also serves        concentration camp experience, the exhibit covers the history
as a demonstration project for Perry’s proposed 9-acre South Los            of pre-camp communities which lived on the land, such as the
Angeles Wetlands Park that will simultaneously improve water                Owens Valley Paiute, farmers, rancher and miners.
quality and provide much-needed park and recreation space to the                The Manzanar Committee, which has sponsored the pilgrim-
South Los Angeles community.                                                age going on 42 years, is an all-volunteer committee, incorporated
     Perry currently chairs the Energy and the Environment                  under the laws of the State of California as a non-profit educa-
Committee; vice-chairs the Information Technology &                         tional organization. We invite your support, your energy, and
Government Affairs Committee; Ad Hoc on Economic Recovery                   your participation as a Manzanar Committee member. All dona-
& Reinvestment; and Ad Hoc Committee on Recovering Energy,                  tions are tax-deductible.
                                                                    – PAGE 6 –
                             2011 Community Treasure Award
                    ART NAKANE                                                         KIMEKOMI DOLLS
ARTHUR NAKANE was born in 1937                                          Celebrating its 35th anniversary since its founding, Yukari Kai is
in Kyoto, Japan. After finishing high                                   under the instruction of Kyuka Kanesaka. Kyuka is one of the top
school, he was sent to Canada to attend                                 ranking certified teachers in the United States from the Kyugetsu
the University of British Columbia in                                   School of Kimekomi Dolls, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. She
1957. Unable to graduate after trying                                   is the ambassador of Kyugetsu to the United States. As a group,
for five years he was forced to leave as                                Yukari Kai has been active in promoting the Japanese culture to
his visa expired.                                                       the American community since its founding. Yukari Kai has been
    Determined to accomplish his                                        featured at the Disneyland
mission, he came to Los Angeles in                                      Japan Festival, St. Louis
                                                                        Japan Festival, Festival of
1963 and attended Cambria Adult
                                                                        Nations in Minnesota,
School, where he met his future wife Rosemarie.
                                                                        Phoenix Japan Festival, and
    While working as a kitchen helper at Japanese restaurant
                                                                        various other festivals
Kabuki, he was offered a job as a singer / guitarist. He also got       through the United States,
married and soon became a father.                                       not including being an
    In order to support his family, which was expanding                 active participate in local
rapidly, he had to continue his music career, mainly serving as         festivals throughout Los
a piano bar entertainer and also adding instruments to compete          Angeles.
for jobs.
    After 10 years he finally graduated from California State
University at Los Angeles while raising six children.
    He taught at La Canada High School and Virgil Jr. High
                                                                        VIP/Sponsor Reception
School for several years. He also taught briefly at a Japanese
                                                                        The VIP Sponsor Reception was hosted by
language school and adult school as well. He coached Little             the City of Los Angeles and Japon Bistro of
League over 10 years.                                                   Pasadena.
    His unique and innovative one-man band style of music                   Other sponsors included: Japan Prestige
with zany performances has gained popularity since 1974, not            Sake, Carnivo XO Liqueur, Mikawaya
only in Nikkei community but also among all ethnic groups,              Bakery & Confectionary, Kirin Beer,
young and old.                                                          WOW! Productions, Instrumental Women,
    His biographical documentary film “Secret Asian Man,”               Councilmember Jan Perry, Sake Institute
                                                                        of America, Takara Sake, USA Inc., and
directed by Mike Sakamoto, was critically acclaimed at                  Yaegaki Corporation of USA
Sundance Film Festival in 2000.                                             The Reception was held high above the
    He has appeared on several national television shows, such          skies of Los Angeles in the Tom Bradley
as “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and most recently “America’s Got                 Towers with a 365 degree view of the City
Talent,” in which he received international exposures.                  of Angels on a beautiful evening.
    While serving as a Japanese interpreter / translator during         Entertainment was provided by Hawaiian
the week, he performs as a street musician in Little Tokyo and          jazz musicians Kiki and Kiyo and blues
Santa Monica on weekends.                                               guitarist Ray Bailey. The Reception opened
                                                                        with a welcome from Consul General of
                                                                        Japan in Los Angeles, Junichi Ihara. Plus,
                                                                        the 200 guests in attendance were treated to
                                                                        a traditional Japanese Shigin poetry reading
Beer and Sake Garden                                                    by Grand Master Takenoshita Kansui.
Beer and Sake in one location? Can it be true? You bet it can!
Come down and have yourself a cold, refreshing brew to cool
off from the summertime heat. We’ve got the best beer
                                      around, Kirin! And
                                      while you’re at it,
                                      sample some Sake!
                                      We’ve got that too!




                                                                – PAGE 7 –
       2011 George Kiriyama                                                         2011 Blossom Award
       Educational Excellence                                                               KEN KANESAKA
               Award                                                       Born and raised in Southern
                                                                           California. He graduated from
                                                                           UCLA with a BA in Political
                  GLENN OMATSU                                             Science. He attended Tokyo
The George Kiriyama Educational                                            University, and in 2001, was
Excellence award committee of the                                          accepted into Shochiku Kamigata
Cherry Blossom Festival Southern                                           Kabuki Jyuku. In 2003 he gradu-
California has announced Glenn                                             ated the top of his class and was
Omatsu as the 2011 honoree.                                                apprenticed to National Living
    Glenn Omatsu is a Lecturer in Asian                                    Treasure, Sakata Tojuro. He was
American Studies and the Educational                                       granted the name of Nakamura
Opportunity Program (EOP) at                                               Gankyo, becoming the first non
California State University, Northridge                                    Japanese citizen in the theatre’s history, dating back to the early
(CSUN) and also teaches classes at                                         1600s. He is currently back in the United States, were he
Pasadena City College and UCLA. At                                         earned his MA at USC and is currently working on his PhD at
CSUN, he teaches EOP freshmen who                                          UCLA in Classical Japanese. He has also been a choreographer
are the first in their low-income families to attend college and who       for television ads and shows.
have high academic potential despite doing poorly in high school.
At CSUN, he also serves as coordinator of the Faculty Mentor
Program. At UCLA, he teaches service-learning classes focusing
on Asian American social movements and Asian immigrant labor
struggles. He is co-editor (with Steve Louie) of Asian Americans:
The Movement and Moment and co-editor (with Edith Chen)
of Teaching about Asian Pacific Americans: Effective Strategies,
Activities, and Assignments for Classrooms and Communities. He
also has written articles on Freedom Schooling, liberatory peda-                    Congratulations to the
gogy, anti-colonial mentoring, immigrant labor campaigns, and
other social movements for justice.                                             “Teachers Making A Difference”
    The award committee annually considers candidates who are
administrators in the K-12 public school system or instructors in
                                                                                          Honorees
higher education. George Kiriyama’s areas of educational leader-                 2011 Cherry Blossom Festival
ship included the areas of multicultural diversity and curriculum
development, training teachers and administrators in the Japanese
American experience and mentoring for leadership roles in educa-
                                                                           • JANET BENNETT, 1st Grade, Brightwood Elementary,
tion.                                                                        Monterey Park.
    The committee, retired LAUSD administrator Kiyo Fukumoto,              • DIANE BONFILS, Sophomore Regular & Honors
and Iku Kiriyama, retired LAUSD educator and widow of George                 English, Mayfield Senior High School, Pasadena.
Kiriyama, selected Omatsu as he especially stood out as a long-            • DIANNE FUKUWA, Fujima Seiyumi, Nihon Buyo –
time mentor of students in higher education. Among his students
at UCLA and CSUN, Omatsu has been admired and respected
                                                                             Japanese Classical Dance, Fujima Seiyumi Kai.
for encouraging and guiding his students to always look forward            • CRAIG IHARA, Ph.D., California State University,
to the possibilities they can accomplish. It was for his mentor-             Philosophy & Founding Coordinator, Asian American
ship that he was recognized by the Japanese American Historical              Students, California State University Fullerton.
Society of Southern California in 1993 as a Community Heritage
                                                                           • CYNTHIA LOO, JD, Volunteer Law Professor, People
Award honoree. Hitting close to home, it was Omatsu who
challenged George and Iku’s daughter, Traci, to work towards                 College of Law.
establishing Asian American Studies at CSU Fullerton, a program            • SUSIE LING, Associate Professor of History & Asian
that Traci envied at UCLA. Because of his encouragement, Traci               American Studies, Pasadena City College.
helped to lead the effort to establish Asian American Studies as a         • ARLENE NAKAMURA, Former LAUSD Teacher/Math,
minor at CSUF, which subsequently became available as a major.
                                                                             We the People/Project Citizen Congressional District 31
“I definitely consider him one of my mentors in encouraging me
and others to work with students and faculty at CSUF to get                  Coordinator – Teacher Teaching Teachers.
Asian American Studies off the ground at school,” stated Traci.            • FREDA BERG YOSHIOKA, Beginning Japanese for
“He was a part of the reason that I didn’t just keep hanging                 8th-11th grade, Campbell Hall High School, North
around at UCLA every week. I’m just a tiny example of the many               Hollywood.
Asian American and JA students that he’s inspired and mentored
to continue not just as activists and organizers, but as educators.”
    Glenn Omatsu will be honored at ceremonies on Saturday,
September 24, 12:30 pm, at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Little
Tokyo.
                                                                   – PAGE 8 –
Special Thanks                                                                         Ways to Support the Festival
                           The Cherry Blossom Festival SoCal gives
                           special thanks and recognition to
                           Councilwoman JAN PERRY, Council
                           District 9 and her wonderful staff –
                           especially Stephanie, Pamela, Renee,
                           David, Araceli and Eva. We enjoy
                           working each year side by side with all of
                           them to help make the Festival a great
                           success and support its growth by bringing
                           people into the Little Tokyo district of
                           Los Angeles. We are once again excited           The Cherry Blossom Festival Southern California celebrates
  Councilwoman Jan Perry   that Councilwoman Perry will be a model
                           in the Kimono Fashion Show on Sat.               Spring with cherry blossoms through the diverse Japanese and
afternoon, wearing and modeling a Vintage Kimono. With the                  Japanese American culture.
support of Jan Perry, her staff and all the great staff in the various          The festival offers a diverse and family friendly free entrance
City of Los Angeles departments, we are looking forward to an               event which offers fun, education and diversity produced by a
exciting 2011 Festival.                                                     100% volunteer team and is supported by sponsors, fundraising
                                                                            and private donations.
           DONORS & SUPPORTERS                                                  The Festival’s goal is to promote the diverse Japanese and
                                                                            Japanese American culture in a spectacular festival and help bring
                         (as of this printing)
                                                                            economic development to the Little Tokyo district.
  Gordon & Joanne Sasaki, Perry Shimoji, Wen Chen,                              The Cherry Blossom Festival is a fiscally sponsored project of
  Margaret York, Chiz de Queiroz, Vince & Colleen                           the Pasadena Arts Council, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization
  Anderson Caballero, Ray & Mitch Kawahara, Kiyoshi &                       - EIN #95-2540759.
  Ann Fujihara, Stone Ishimaru, Hiro Watanabe, John                                           CONTACT INFORMATION
  Jones, Nobuyoshi Takenoshita, Meiko Takenoshita, &                                   Cherry Blossom Festival Southern California
  Yumiko Okazaki, Beikoku Kinyu Ginshi Kai, Brian &                                            686 S. Arroyo Parkway, #221
  Lynn Arthurs, Dan Mayeda, Frances Ito, Scott & Carol                                              Pasadena, CA 90015
  Harada, Grace Ishihara, Martha Fujimoto & Russ Hirai
                                                                                                           Contact:
  Trent Steelman, Christine & Dane Shota, Cynthia Busby,                                              Wendy Anderson
  Judy Seckler, Okinawa Association of America, Doreen                                             Phone: 626-683-8243
  Tracey, KettlePop, Rafu Bussan, Hello Kitty Store, Green                                           Fax: 626-450-8809
  Street Restaurant, Pasadena, Cline Cellars, Paula Gallemore,                               wowproductions2@earthlink.net
  Design by Nature, Shen Yun, Sheraton Hotel Pasadena,                                     www.cherryblossomfestivalsocal.org
  Wasabi Jewelry, Unique Stuff, Dr. Alexander Sinclair, East                You can help support this festival by sending in a donation. We
  West Players, Kimono Classics, Tobey Dodge, Kellye                        also accept credit cards. If you would like to donate by credit card,
  Wallett Studio, El Portal Restaurant, Pasadena, Jeff Mio,                 please go to www.Pasadenaartscouncil.org and select Programs &
  Japon Bistro, Pasadena, Holy Honey, Hilton Grand                          Services. Then, scroll down and select EMERGE Fiscal
  Waikikian Vacations, Noir Food & Wine, Pasadena,                          Sponsorship Program. Then, click on the “Donate” button under
  Bernice Colman, Margaret Cerrudo & Joe Flores, Mie                        our picture and write up. We hope that you will support this
  Kuramoto, Iku Kiriyama, M&L Concessions, Judith                           event.
  Kurylak, Ray & Mitch Kawahara, Kailay Yu, KettlePop,
  Carolyn McBride, Kimono Classics, Mits Hino, Janet
  Okamura, Mike Browne, Shell Vacations, Jane Sattari,
  Evelyn Fujimoto, Akiko Onouye, Yohko Takehara, Hitoshi
  Sameshima, Tri & Thom Tran, TecCom Productions,
  CAMP STORIES, Red Shell Foods, Hitoshi & Utako
  Sameshima, Don & Setsuko Miyada, Tomi Iwata, Chiz &
  Richard de Queiroz, Cecile Fisher, Amy Hill, Dan Mayeda,
  Marguerite Cooper, Christina Hamlett, Linda Wah.



      Avoid PArking ChAllenges
                  go MeTro
                  www.metro.net
          The Little Tokyo Metro Station
        (located at 1st St. and Alameda)
     is the perfect stop for the Festival!
                                                                    – PAGE 9 –
Kimono Fashion Show                                                         Story Telling by BookPals - Story Readers
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 – 3:00 p.m. Blossom Stage                          See page 2 for Story Telling schedule
Kimono Show Producer/Director: KEN KANESAKA
                                                                            Phoenix Brown is a native of Jacksonville, Arkansas, a
The 2011 Cherry Blossom Festival                                            veteran Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, and a published
Southern California is proud to present                                     children’s book author. Her first book, I Love to
“Kimonos through the Ages”. Our                                             Exercise is endorsed by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles,
beautiful models will be displaying                                         and the P.Gators Urban Relief Foundation (addressing
ageless kimonos worn throughout                                             childhood obesity). Phoenix has traveled the world and
history. One of the models you’ll                                           entertained in places such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan
marvel at is L.A. City Councilwoman                                         and Korea to name a few. In addition, she has danced for such artists
Jan Perry who is so supportive of the                                       as Beyoncé and Shania Twain. She has also appeared in Joe Boxer and
Festival. Treat yourself to the wonder                                      Gatorade Campaigns. Recently, she was a contestant on Don’t Forget
that is the Japanese kimono. You won’t want to miss this!                   the Lyrics and America’s Got Talent. As a former manager of five years
Ken Kanesaka: In 2006 Ken was the first non-Japanese citizen to be          for the popular children’s bookstore Storyopolis in Encino California,
accepted as a professional Kabuki actor in the the theater’s 405 year       which boasts clients such as Steven Spielberg and Tyler Perry, she
history in Japan. He was apprenticed to the National Living Treasure        selected both classics as well as up and coming stories to appear on
Nakamura Ganjiro III (now Sakata Toiyuro IV) and was given the              shows such as MSNBC and ABC news. Phoenix holds a B.A. in Media
stage name Nakamura Gankyo. While still a member of Shochiku                communications with an emphasis in Editing and Publishing from
Grand Kabuki in Japan, he currently has dance studios in West Los           Henderson State University and is currently a candidate for her MFA in
Angeles and Monterey with his students known as Kyo No Kai.                 Creative Writing.
                                                                                           Nanciann Horvath started her acting career on the
                                                                                           east coast in PA., NJ and New York City. She is in
                                                                                           the SAG and AFTRA unions, has done commercials,
                                                                                           been on “Days Of Our Lives”, “General Hospital” and
                                                                                           “Unsolved Mysteries,” to name a few. Nanciann is also
                                                                                           a nurse and blending acting and nursing has always
                                                                                           been very rewarding. She has been involved with SAG
                                                                                           Foundation BookPALS for over ten years and has read
                                                                            at KCET-TV, The LA Zoo, The Peterson Auto Museum, Children’s
                                                                            Hospital, and many schools in LA and OC.
                                                                                             Sunny Stone is a native New Yorker who has been part
                                                                                             of SAG Foundation BookPALS for almost a year and is
                                                                                             currently reading to three kindergarten classes at Hancock
                                                                                             Park Elementary on Thursdays during her lunch break
                                                                                             from work. She is an aspiring singer, writer, producer
                                                                                             currently working at AFTRA while she completes her
                                                                                             project. Sunny has always had a heart for people and that
                                                                                             is why she also is involved with the church choir, Food for
                                                                            the Hungry, God Chicks and donating money to Oasis Generosity Water
                                                                            (fresh water wells are built all over the world). Sunny says that reading on
                                                                            Thursdays always gives her great joy! P.S. Hoping for a speedy recovery
                                                                            for all friends and family involved in the March 2011 great earthquake
                                                                            in Japan.
                                                                                            Larry Swanson has been reading weekly for P.A.L.S.
                                                                                            since 1993 as well as volunteering for other non-
                                                                                            profits in various roles. He loves L.A. and feels that
                                                                                            anyone who has the time to give back should do so.




                                                                   – PAGE 10 –
Vendors                                                           Cultural Pavilion
A Fuji Sushi                      Mini-Mono Miniatures                 TecCon Productions – Internment & MIS
Akioni’s Catering                 Nanamation                           Photo Exhibit
Aloha Glitter Tatoos              Our Family Jewels                    Kimekomi Dolls – the Art of Japanese Doll
                                                                       Making
Aquarium of Pacific (Sat. only)   Pacific Asia Museum
                                                                       Sashiko – Ancient Japanese Embroidery
Asian Arts                        PaperFlavor
                                                                       Japanese American National Museum
Asian Connection                  Pechanga Resort
                                                                       Koyasan Boy & Girl Scout Troop 379
Asian Pacific Health              PMX
                                                                       Japanese American Korean War Veterans & Vietnam War
Buick GMC                         Robertson’s Roasted Almonds
                                                                       Veteran Vincent Okamoto
Danmer Shutters                   Sand Jewelry
                                                                       Manzanar Committee
DeFalco Designs                   Sandy Beach Clothing
                                                                       NCRR
Dogzilla (Sat/Sun)                Sashiko Club
                                                                       “Fred Korematsu Day”
Edge of the World                 SC Ford Assoc.
                                                                       Ocean Origami Paper Shapers - Carol Morihisa
Epoch Times                       Scentsy Wickless Candles
                                                                       Khemradhipati and Joy Nishijima
Farm Fresh to You                 Second Acts Animal Rescue
                                                                       Japanese American National Museum
Fry Guys French Fries             Shell Vacation
Funnel Cake Factory               Small Weeds
Geta Clean Soap                   Spicy Brown
Gourmet Genie (Sun. Only)         State Fair Old Fashioned
Graphic Connection                 Lemonade
Happy Cup Ramen                   Stone Ishimaru
Hilton Grand Vacations            Stones Jamaican
Holy Honey/Bella Lou              Ten Hands
Indonesia Satay                   Time Warner
Inoochi                           Tomodachi Kitty
Interethnica for Energy           Trimitive
Japanese American Korean War      UCLA Gambling
 Veterans (CP)                    Unique Stuff
Japanese Gift Market              Vizzi Truck
Japangeles                        White Rabbit Truck
Japon Bistro                      YELP (Sun. only)
Jewelry Design by Nature          Yips Innovative Products
Kettle Pop
Kimono Classics
King Kone
KissKiss JP (Process)
Komodo
Koyasan Scouts
Krazy BBQ
LA County Registrar
LA Sherriff
Lily inc.
Lisa Ann Sparks
Metro Volunteers
Mighty Boba Truck (Sun. only)                            – PAGE 11 –
                                2011 Cherry Blossom Festival Honorary Chairs
Grand Honorary Chairs              Honorary Chairs                      Antonio R. Villaraigosa
Daniel K. Inouye                   Amy Hill                             Mayor,
United States Senator, Hawaii      Actress                              City of Los Angeles
Jan Perry                          Lucille Roybal-Allard                Carolyn Crayton, CFE
Councilwoman, 9th District,        United States Congresswoman,         Founder, Macon Georgia
City of Los Angeles                34th District                        International Cherry Blossom
                                                                        Festival
Kellye Nakahara Wallett            John Chiang
Watercolor Artist/Actress          California State Controller          Dr. Gordon & Joanne Sasaki
                                                                        Japanese American Medical
                                   Huell Howser                         Association
                                   Host “California’s Gold” -
                                   KCET & PBS Television                Clarence Wong
                                                                        Proprietor, Japon Bistro
                                   Paul K. tanaka
                                   Mayor, City of Gardena,
                                   and Assistant Sheriff,
                                   L.A. County Sheriffs Dept.


                                     2011 Cherry Blossom Festival Committee
Executive Committee        Arlene Nakamura              Grace Ishihara            Emcees
                           Christine Inouye             Vendor Administration,
WENDY FUJIHARA
ANDERSON
                           Ondo Street Dancing          Day of Event Vendor Lead Dr. Gordon Sasaki
                                                                                  Leadership Awards
President                  Carol takafuji               Ron Fujihara
                           Information Booth                                      Iku Kiriyama
KEVIN LEE                                               Website & Event Assistant George Kiriyama
                           Jane taguchi
Vice President             Graphic Design & Signage                               Educational
Entertainment - Marketing Owner, Jane Teis              Special Thanks            Excellence Award
 Photography               Graphic Services             Dr. Gordon Sasaki         Kamaka Brown
Parking                                                 First Aid                 Hawaiian Village Stage
                           Grace Ishihara
KEN CAMACHO                                             Japanese American
                           Joy Nishikawa                                          Miyuki Matsunaga
Vice President, Volunteers Administration               Medical Association
                                                                                  Blossom Stage
                                                        Kiyo Fukumoto             Lisa Kosuji
Advisory Committee          Donna Ogawa                 George Kiriyama
                            Stage Coordinator                                     Blossom Stage
DOROtHY                                                 Educational Excellence
tAMASHIRO                   tobey Dodge                                           D.J. Carmin Wong
Volunteers                  Event Assistant                                       JPop Stage

Committee Leads
                            Iku Kiriyama                                              Thanks for Your
                            George Kiriyama                                           Support
Jill Lee                    Educational Excellence
Hawaiian Village &                                                                    LA Kimono Club
                            Award
Stage Manager                                                                         East West Players
Gary Quan, Gary Endo,                                                                 Brian Kito
& Arnold Noche
Martial Arts Arena                                                                    Jann Rowe
Jeanne Quan
taylor Yang                                                                           Thanks to The
Kid’s Craft                                                                           2011 Event Day
Ken Kanesaka                                                                          Volunteers!
Kimono Fashion Show                                                                   We couldn’t do this without
                                                                                      your dedication and support
                                                                                      to create this spectacular
                                                                                      festival!




                                                                 – PAGE 12 –
                                   ENTRANCE                                   Temple St


                                               BEER & SAKE
                                                 GARDEN
                                                                                                                       BLOSSOMS
                                                                                                                      IN THE FALL
                                                                   FOOD
                                                                   COURT                            J-POP               SEPT. 24 & 25, 2011
                                                                                                    STAGE                 Los Angeles, CA
                                                                                                                      Sat: 10:30 am – 6:30 pm
              Metro Station
Alameda Ave




                                  BLOSSOM
               Little Tokyo




                                                                         VENDORS                                      Sun: 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
                                   STAGE


                                                                         VENDORS                                            10TH
                                                                                                                            ANNUAL
                               KIDS                                                                     CULTURAL            FESTIVAL
                              CRAFT                        INFORMATION             FIRST AID            PAVILION
                                                              BOOTH


                                                                         VENDORS
                                              Ondo/Odori
                                               Dancing
                                                                         VENDORS                            MARTIAL
                                                                                                             ARTS
                                  HAWAIIAN                                                                   STAGE
                                   VILLAGE
                                                           FOOD TRUCKS                                                      ENTRANCE

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