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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:firstname.lastname@example.org. – 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. 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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 First St Hewitt St N W E S www.cherryblossomfestivalsocal.org – PAGE 13 –
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