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4th Annual Los Angeles Tanabata Festival


I'll be standing at the entrance of Japanese American National Museum (see the above photo) I look pretty much like in the photos. Not sure what kind of clothes I'll be wearing, but I'll email my cell number to the attendees so that they can contact me when they come late.

じゃ、明日の夕方5時に、リトル東京の全米日系人博物館の入り口で会いましょう! 楽しみにしています))



Hi everyone,

Do you know what Tanabata is? I've had a chance to explain to some of the members, but it is based on a Chinese folklore.

"Tanabata (七夕?, meaning "Evening of the seventh") is a Japanese star festival, originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival.[1] It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime 織姫 and Hikoboshi 彦星 (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). According to legend, the Milky Way 天の川 separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The date of Tanabata varies by region of the country, but the first festivities begin on July 7 of the Gregorian calendar. The celebration is held at various days between July and August."

Well, my take on Tanabata is... a memorial/celebration of LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP!)) 長距離恋愛って、昔からあったんですよね~~!

The Tanabata festival in Little Tokyo that's scheduled this weekend would be a fun way to celebrate by learning Japanese customs and traditions. I'll paste an article from Rafu Shimpo below and also excerpts from the Facebook page of the Tanabata Festival led by Ms. Donna Jean Ogawa.

Our member Masumi will be dancing in Awa Odori Tokushima-Ren as well and she gave me the information in the first place. Thank you again, Masumi-san.

I'll email the attendees only with my cell phone number to notify where exactly we'll meet (yes, there will be a lot of people....)

"Held in conjunction with the Nisei Week Japanese Festival, the fourth annual Los Angeles Tanabata Festival is set for Aug. 10-13 in Little Tokyo.

Admission is free and the festival is located

in front of the MOCA Geffen Contemporary Museum on First Street and Central Avenue, next to the Japanese American National Museum.

The Tanabata Festival is a fun and festive event with colorful kazari, food, arts and crafts vendors, and live entertainment. Sponsored by the Little Tokyo Public Safety Association, the Nisei Week Foundation, and the Nanka Kenjinkai Kyogikai, the festival brings together diverse segments of the Japanese American community to celebrate a part of Japanese culture.

Southern California organizations, families, and individuals are encouraged to join in by creating their own Tanabata decorations.

The opening ceremonies will take place on Friday, Aug. 10, at 5 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend. The festival runs Saturday the 11th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday the 12th from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. The kazari display will be available for viewing all day the following Monday.

This year, the Tanabata Festival has expanded its activities to Japan and will send its community entry, the award-winning “Daruma” kazari, to be part of this year’s Sendai Tanabata Festival. The Daruma was selected as the L.A. Community kazari after last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

“The 2011 festival paid tribute to the Japanese spirit. It is simply amazing how the people of Japan are dealing with the massive devastation and destruction caused by the tsunami and earthquake,” says Brian Kito, 2011 general chair of the Tanabata Festival. “The theme, ‘Uplifting our Spirits,’ is meant to serve as a message to us all to face adversity with perseverance and strength.”

ANA is sponsoring transportation of the Daruma kazari to Tokyo for the August festival.

In addition, Yoshihiko Murai, governor of Miyagi Prefecture, invited the Los Angeles Tanabata Festival to provide photos and stories for a photo exhibit to be on display at the Sendai Tanabata Festival, which opens on Aug. 6. The photos will feature highlights of the L.A. Tanabata Festival and the Japan relief efforts from the Los Angeles community, spearheaded by Kito. He will visit Miyagi at the invitation of Governor Murai and be recognized for the L.A. relief efforts.

Kito will also attend three major festivals of Japan: the Nebuta Festival in Aomori, the Kanto Festival in Akita, and the Tanabata Festival in Miyagi.

Last year, 250 colorful kazari were proudly displayed in front of MOCA. The decorations were made by members of various organizations, including churches, kenjinkai, community centers, non-profit organizations, businesses, and youth groups. Senior residents at Keiro and Little Tokyo Towers made multiple kazari to display. As a cultural tradition was shared, friendships were renewed and strengthened.

For more information, visit the Little Tokyo Koban, 307 E. First St., or call (213) 613-1911. More information is also available at"

Please join us on
Friday, August 10th (5 pm to 7 pm) - Opening Ceremonies with:
“The Tanabata Homies”
Emcees: Tamlyn Tomita & Yuko Kaifu
Opening Ceremonies Chair: Terry Hara
Chikara Daiko (taiko)
Kotobuki No Kai (minyo dance)
Kaoru Enjoji & PoLo (j-pop)
Ryukyu Koyashi (okinawan minyo music)
Miwa Lyric (rap/hip hop)
Awa Odori Tokushima Ren (minyo dance)
Matsutoyo Kai/Minyo Station (minyo music)

Saturday, August 11th - Entertainment Schedule:
Emcees: Rodney Kageyama and Michael Paulo
10:45 - Chikara Daiko Taiko
11:00 - L.A. Daiku Choir
11:15 - Koriyama Children’s Choir from Fukushima
11:30 - Aloha Picking O’hana
12:15 - Kotobuki No Kai (minyo dance)
1:30 - Chikurei-Kai Shigu (minyo music)
2:00 - Magician – Daisuke Seo
2:45 - Karou Enjoji (j-pop)
3:30 - Nanka Tottori Club
4:15 - Michael Paulo and Band
6:00 - Miwa Lyric (rap/hip hop)

Sunday, August 12th - Entertainment Schedule

Emcees: Rodney Kageyama and Rob Narita

10:45 - Chikaru Daiko (taiko)
11:15 - Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate (martial arts)
11:45 - Sawami Shinohara (singer)
12:15 - Fujima Seiyumi Kai (dance)
12:30 - Miyagi Performers from Okinawa Kenjinkai:
1. Majikina Honryu Majikina Aiko Ryubu Dojo
2. Miyagi Nosho-kai Miyagi Nosho Ryubu Kenkyusho
3. Miyagi-ryu Toyomu-kai Arakaki Sachiko Ryubu Kenkyusho
4. Tamagusuku-ryu Kansen-kai Yonamine Keiko Ryubu Dojo
5. Ryukyu Minyo Kyokai Hokubei Branch
1:00 - Yoshie Sato & Friends (singers)
Pat Seki - Emcee
Akemi Kiss
Amy Singer
Junko Masuda
Yoshie Sato
1:30 - Miyuki Matsunaga (geta dance)
2:00 - Rob Narita (singer)
2:30 - Local Mojo (band)
3:30 - Awa Odori Tokushima Ren (dance)
4:00 - Zero Kamen Riders
4:30 - Momotama (japanese anime music)

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  • John Philip Joel B.

    I just emailed you my contact info. Thanks.

    August 10, 2012

  • John Philip Joel B.

    Not sure if I'm gonna make it in time but will try to be there. I didn't enter my rsvp so I don't hold anyone up. Sally if you could text me your meeting time and location that would be great.

    August 10, 2012

    • Sally

      John, you've got to email me as I don't have your phone number.

      August 10, 2012

  • Michelle

    Where is the best place to park?

    August 7, 2012

    • Sally

      Michelle, please refer to this for the parking information:­

      August 7, 2012

    • Sally

      Aiso Parking Lot

      101 N Judge John Aiso St
      Los Angeles, CA 90012


      Pricing Structure

      1st Hour – $1.00
      2nd Hour – $1.00
      3rd Hour – $3.00
      4th Hour and thereafter – $6.00/hour
      Or every 15 minutes – $1.50
      Daily Maximum Rate – $14.00
      Flat Rate after 5:00 PM – $3.00

      Operating Hours:
      Monday – Thursday 6:00 a.m. to 12 a.m. midnight
      Friday 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
      Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
      Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

      August 7, 2012

  • Sally

    Hi Satori, yes, I'm hoping to get together as a group. I'll notify where to meet exactly later.))

    August 7, 2012

  • Genie

    thanks, Sally. I've been to this festival before and saw the colorful hanging things with people's wishes on them. I'd like to see them again!

    August 6, 2012

  • Sally

    Genie, haha, I knew the question would be asked. It's not exactly the same thing, but held in conjunction with Nisei week. The venue for Tanabata is space by the Japanese American National Museum, so you can definitely check it out too if you go to Little Tokyo on Sunday

    August 6, 2012

  • Genie

    Is this different from Nisei Festival? I'll be there on sunday though.

    August 6, 2012

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