The Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center, 1766 Seabright Ave., will offer the beauty, sounds, taste and history of Japanese culture at its annual Japanese Festival Saturday and Sunday, June 26–27. Festival hours are 3pm to 9pm Saturday and 1pm to 8pm on Sunday.
Festival-goers will have an opportunity to view a special display entitled “Terminal Island– a Historical Exhibit,” which will include historic photos of west Long Beach and Terminal Island from when the Japanese Community Center was built.
Live demonstrations will include invigorating taiko drumming by Kokoro Taiko Kai of Long Beach, and ondo (Japanese folk dancing) presented by Long Beach Japanese Ondo Group. Ikebana (flower arrangement) by the Ikenobo Ikebana Club of Long Beach will also be on display.
Of special interest this year is a new ongoing presentation in the main hall on the history of origami and origami paper-folding instruction at every level for guests to enjoy throughout the event. Classic carnival games will also be available in the main courtyard.
Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. Off-street parking will be available in a lot south of the Center.