The South Bay of Los Angeles is home to a fairly diverse ethnic community. The city of Torrance in particular is home to a notable Japanese-American community. And this is really excellent because every year they hold a Japanese Festival at the city cultural center. It's called a Bunkasai festival, which means that it focuses primarily on demonstrating the accomplishments of students or amateur performers. There is a wide arrangement of activities on display.
Among the crafts on display were various Japanese dolls (ningyo), miniature trees (bonsai), and floral arrangements (ikebana). Here are a couple photos:
|Ikebana on display|
Of course, one of my favorite traditional weapon martial art forms is the naginata. It's essentially a curved blade on a pole. Of course, the demonstrations use practice weapons. ;-)
Finally, there was some fine Japanese food to enjoy. Yum!!!
This was the 39th annual Bunka Sai festival in Torrance. Good times.
We can't let an opportunity to play some koto music pass. Here's a vid:
Here's a link to Ikenbana Society of America.
And here's a link to Southern Californa Naginata Federation.