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"SAVE THE DATE “CAMP STORIES AWARDS SHOW
Do The Dream& FUNDRAISER”
Presented by CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL SOCAL (CBFSoCal)


AWARD SHOW Flyer
- SPONSOR / TICKETS - PRIZE DONATION FORM


We follow the wedding dress of Chiyomi who married on March 26, 1944 at Manzanar Relocation Center & follow this dress as it leaves the "Camp" weaving into the lives of five other women post WWII.
Photos of all women in their "wedding dress" were taken by famed photographer, Toyo Miyatake.
After leaving the Camp-all six women made their home in Pasadena, CA.

Chiyommi and The ORIGINAL "Wedding Dress" and its stories & photos will be presented at the Cherry Blossom Festival CBFSoCal "Camp Stories " Award Show

Sponsors

Dr. Gordon & Joanne Sasaki

Ken & Bonnie
Kasamatsu

Gene & Joanne
Masuda




WHEN: Saturday - June 2, 2012 – 8:30 am- 11:30 am
WHERE: Santa Anita Racetrack, Arcadia (See Venue tab for info on complimentary parking@Gate 5)
*TICKETS: Reserved seating - Regular Ticket - $60.00 VIP Tickets and sponsorships please contact
Wendy at wowproductions2@earthlink.net or 626-683-8243.
* Once order is confirmed, Tickets will be held at Will Call.

“CAMP STORIES AWARD SHOW”
8:30 am - Breakfast Reception & Auction in the Turf Club (Seating outside or inside)
10:00 am - Awards Program in the Chandelier Room "Do The Dream" - Kathy Bee will perform her latest song to an Honoree Photo Story
11:30 am - Walking tour of Santa Anita for those interested in this historical site

HONOREES
Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Nisei Poet, Playwright & Actor - Detained at Tule Lake Segregation Center during WWII for refusing to answer registration questions he determined a violation of his civil rights as an American citizen.
Esther Takei Nishio -Test case in 1944 when she was taken out of camp to attend Pasadena City College where she faced extreme prejudice and hatred while her family was still incarcerated.
Patty & Emily (6 yrs old) Kinaga – Thousand Hearts Benefit Concert for Japan. Emily seeing the images of Japan with the Tsunami/Earthquake wanted to help the children and asked her mother “what can they do?” What happened - a celebrity studded Thousand Hearts Benefit Concert sending funds and paper hearts to the children of Japan.
US-Japan Council, TOMODACHI INITIATIVE forged after the Japan Tsunami/Earthquake to invest in Japan’s next generation and deepen U.S.-Japan ties
Manzanar Fishing Club – Documentary about internees at Manzanar who slipped away under the cover of night to find freedom and adventure, matching wits with the prized trout of the Sierra Nevada to bring fresh fish to internees.
Toyo Miyatake Studio - Founded in 1923 by famed photographer Toyo Miyatake best known for his collection of Manzanar Relocation Center image. Eventually his son Archie took over and today his grandson, photographer Alan Miyatake, runs the Studio.
American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization – opened an office in Pasadena during WWII to aid Japanese Americans internees– reached out to colleges and hostels willing to receive evacuees and other essentials to aid the devastated Japanese American community. In 1947, AFSC was co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS & PRESENTERS:



  Special Guest Presenter - Los Angeles City Councilmember Jan Perry


 
Lane Ryo HirabayAshi
, Ph.D, George & Sakaye Aratani Endowed Chair in Japanese American Internment, Redress, and Community at UCLA; Professor, Asian American Studies Department, UCLA.

  Rose Ochi
Takayo Rose Matsui Ochi, J.D. legal career: public interest lawyer, co-counsel landmark, Serano vs. Priest case. Executive for Mayot Tom Bradley, Presidential appointee: Carter Immigration Commission, Clinton White House, and first female Asian American Assitant Attorney General. My probono work for the passage of EO 90066 and the establishment of Manzanar National Historic Site has been most rewarding.
*Photo courtesy of Rafu Shimpo
 
Terry Hara
, LAPD, Deputy Chief Terry S. Hara is the Commanding Officer of Personnel and Training Bureau. He is the highest ranking and first Asian American to achieve the rank of Deputy Chief on the LAPD.
He served and serves on many boards. Vice Chair & Chair-Elect for Japan America Society of So Cal, VP of National Association of Asian American Law Enforcement Commanders and serves as board member for Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California and Board of Governor for the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center.



  Mas Okui, renowned fly fisherman who first learned to fish using a stick, string & safety pin while interned at Manzanar at 10 years old. He is considered by many an authority on fly fishing for trout especially noted his knowledge of California's Hot Creek in the Sierra Nevada. Former teacher at Gardena High School and Speaker at Schools & Organizations about the internment.



  Lisa Sugimoto, Ed.D., M.B.A., M.S.Ed.: 35-year career in the California Community Colleges; former President-Superintendent (CEO), Pasadena City College, the only Japanese-American CEO to preside over commencement ceremonies awarding honorary diplomas to the Nisei who were denied their education when they were evacuated and interned during WWII; Community Award, Pasadena Branch of the NAACP (2010); UCLA Educational Leadership Achievement Award (2006); Mertes Award for Excellence in Research, Association of California Community College Administrators (2001); recent appointment to the Keiro Nursing Home Board (2011)

  Rodney Kageyama, an actor for 27 years began his career in San Francisco as one of the original founding members of the Asian American Theater. He was an actor, director and designer for Frank Chin's "Year of the Dragon" and Ed Sakamoto's "Yellow is my Favorite Color" and "Voices in the Shadows." He attended the American Conservatory Theatre, where he became the registrar of the conservatory. In 1979, he became a member of the East West Players, the foremost Asian American Theater in the USA.

Some films and television shows include: "Gung Ho", "Karate Kid II & IV", "Pretty Woman", and "Teenwolf", "Home Improvement", "Murder She Wrote", "Fresh Prince of Bel Air", "Quantum Leap", "Designing Women" and "Arliss". He was in the Disney film "California Dreams" at the theme park "California Adventure". Rodney volunteers as an emcee for nonprofits and a docent at the Japanese American National Museum where he started the storytelling area for children.

ENTERTAINMENT:
• "Do The Dream" & “I Am An American” - Kathy Bee will perform her original songs
• Jive to the music of the 1940's with the Grateful Crane Ensemble's Scott Nagatani & Keiko Kawashima.
• Multimedia presentations and the stories of “The Wedding Dress” & Photo Display

WHAT:
The Cherry Blossom Festival celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2011. Produced by a 100% volunteer team and free to the public with 60,000 attendees, the organization celebrates the history and culture of Americans of Japanese descent and the culture of Japan through the beauty of the Cherry Blossoms.

VENUE:
Santa Anita has a long prestigious history in the field of horse racing. However, 70 years ago a darker chapter unfolded at the site. Horses were moved out, the track was shut down and the park's extensive grounds provided the massive space needed by the War Department to temporarily house thousands of people of Japanese decent. This venue was the nation's largest assembly center, housing almost 19,000 Japanese Americans before they were relocated to camps. A plaque near the entrance is the sole reminder of the track's place in World War II history as the nation's largest assembly center for Japanese Americans on their way to internment camps.

FRED KOREMATSU DAY: CBFSoCal was a leader in presenting the Resolution for an annual Fred Korematsu Day in the City of Pasadena and Pasadena Unified School District with presentation to Pasadena City College in early April. CBFSoCal coordinated the first annual Fred Korematsu Day in Pasadena on 1/30/12. www.KorematsuInstitute.org

 

 


Honorees


Hiroshi at Tule Lake


Book signing Hiroshi & Sadako

  Hiroshi Kashiwagi was born in Sacramento, CA, November 8, 1922. His family includes wife Sadako (a retired Children’s Librarian of the San Francisco Public Library), and sons Toshihiro, Soji (and wife Keiko), and Hiroshi F. Hiroshi and Sadako will celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary in August

During World War II, he was incarcerated at Arboga Assembly Center and Tule Lake Concentration Camp. Hiroshi refused to answer the registration questions and was categorized as a No-No and held at the Tule Lake Segregation Center.

Growing up he was a farm labor worker in Placer County, CA then as an English language secretary, Editor, the American Buddhist, Interpreter, Buddhist Churches of America Headquarters, 1957-1965. He was Librarian at City Librarian William Holman of San Francisco Public Library and worked in the Main Library Literature Department where he began the Japanese Language Collection in 1966. It was the first collection of its kind on the Pacific Coast. He also worked in the Science and Documents dept. in the Main Library becoming Manager of the Western Addition Branch in 1968. He was manager of the North Beach Branch and the Parkside Branch from where he retired in February 1987.

ACTING: He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Dramatists Guild with film credits include Hito Hata with the late actor Mako; Black Rain; Hot Summer Winds and Rabbit in the Moon, both by Chizuko Omori. He has also done numerous television commercials and industrials. STAGE: Most of my stage acting was done at the Asian American Theatre Company during the late 70s and early 80s. Most notable stage work was when he acted opposite the late actress Nobu McCarthy in The Wash, by Philip Kan Gotanda at the Eureka Theatre. He became a member of Actors Equity at that time.

AUTHOR: Hiroshi has authored three books—“Swimming in the American, a Memoir and Selected Writings,” which won the American Book Award in 2005; “Shoe Box Plays,” a collection of nine of my plays; and “Ocean Beach,” a collection of poems. The University Press of Colorado will publish Hiroshi’s next book entitled “Starting from Loomis and Other Stories,” soon.

EDUCATRION: BA “Oriental Languages,” UCLA, MLS, (librarianship) UC Berkeley, 1966. Graduate work in English, Creative Writing, San Francisco State University, early 1960.


 


Photo courtesy of The Rafu Shimpo
  Patty & Emily (6 yrs old) Kinaga

Emily, then 6, saw images of Japan's Tsunami/Earthquake & kept asking her mother "What can we do to help the kids" - she asked so often that Patty sat down to talk to Emily and what happened was a Star-Studded Benefit Concert for Japan held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Emily taught all her classmates in Pasadena how to make the paper hearts and those were sent to the kids of Japan.
 



Photo of Orphans at the Children's Village in Manzanar being given dolls donated by the American Friends Service Committee.

Photo Courtesy of Alan Miyatake,
Toyo Miyatake Studio

 
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)


In 1942, Southern CA Quakers actively protested the US government decision to evacuate all persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast in 1944 they opened an office in Pasadena to help staff temporary hostels for families evicted, and brought messages, mail, gifts, supplies and solidarity to internment camps and staffed the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council, which enabled Japanese American young people to continue their education.

“Founded in 1917, the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization, made vigorous, public efforts to help Japanese-Americans who were removed to camps by the end of 1942. AFSC established two programs almost immediately.

The first reached out to colleges and universities in the Midwest and Eastern states that were willing to receive evacuees who already were students or were college-eligible.

The other established hostels in cities where those released from camps could live while looking for work. Once they found jobs, AFSC helped them locate places to live. Approximately 4,000 students were helped through the program. Hundreds of other Japanese-Americans found help through the hostels project.

After the war, AFSC provided clothing, food, and returned purchased homes and businesses to a devastated Japanese American community. Notably, much support for these efforts came from Japanese-Americans themselves who AFSC had helped during the wartime period.

In 1947, AFSC was named a co-recipent of the Nobel Peace Prize.


 


  Toyo Miyatake Studio opened its doors in 1923 by the founder and photographer Toyo Miyatake. Toyo Miyatake, best known for his collection of Manzanar Relocation Center images was a portrait photographer as well as a still life artist. His son Archie continued the business in the 1960’s. The studio is now owned and operated by his grandson Alan Miyatake in the San Gabriel Valley. Alan continues the business as a portrait photographer as well as a community supporter.

Toyo had photographed many celebrated clients including author Thomas Mann, Crown Prince Akihito of Japan and Japan Dancer Michio Ito. Archie and Alan continued with celebrities like actors Toshio Mifune, Hans Conried , former England Prime Minister Tony Blair, Former Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice and Financial advisor Suze Orman.

Toyo Miyatake Studio has always supported many community groups and associations in California documenting their history. The most recent project, The Manzanar Fishing Club by Cory Shiozaki is a film being viewed by hundreds today includes many images taken by Toyo Miyatake. Archie was interviewed as a fisherman in Manzanar and Alan was the digital image coordinator.


 

Documentary about internees at Manzanar who slipped away under the cover of night to find freedom and adventure, matching wits with the prized trout of the Sierra Nevada to bring fresh fish to internees. www.fearnotrout.com



Cory Shiozaki, Producer/Director


Cameraman-turned-director Cory Shiozaki ia a 31-year member of the International Cinematrographers Guiild. He ia s third-generaion (sansei) Japanese-American whose parents were among the 120,000 evacuees who were rouned up in th eimmediate aftermath of Pearl Harbor.

"My mother and father always were reluctant to discuss such a painful chapter in their lives," Shiozaki says. "and I vowed that someday I would make a film about the internment as a reminder that something like this never happens again."

Shiozaki's involvement with Manzanar goes back to the pilgrimages of the early 1970's. currently, he is an active docent with the Manzanar National Historic Site and Interpretive Center. He was also active in the campaign for redress and teh passing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1968, which was signed by Ronald Regan.

Shiozaki is a licensed and bonded trout fishing guide of the Eastern Sierra.


Richard Imamura, Producer/Writer

Richard Imamura comes to the project asa lingtime editor/jounalist and writer in the entertainment industry. Starting with local newspapers (South Bay Daily Breeze, Gardena Valley News), he went on to become the first (and only) Asian-American editor of a major international music industry trade magazine (Cashbox) and the founding editor of Inside Kung-Fu magazine. In the film industry, he ahs extensive experience in publicity, distribution and independent production.

As a fisherman, Imamura likes both salt- and fresswater. He has fished the Eastern Sierra for trout for decades and also enjoys going after steelhead and salmon in the McKenzie and Willamette rivers in Oregon. He also is very proud of the ulua he caught of Kihei, Maui.

Imamura's parents and paterna grandparents were interned at the Gila River camp in Arizona, )His parents met at Gila River.) His father went on to serve with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in France and Italy. As a prominent member of the Japanese community on Maui, hawaii, Imamura's materna grandfather was incarcerated without charges by the military for nearly a year after the Pearl Harbor attack.



 
  U.S Japan Council

TOMODACHI
is a public-private partnership, led by the United States Government and the U.S.-Japan Council and supported by the Japanese Government, that supports Japan's recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and invests in the next generation of Japanese and Americans in ways that strengthen cultural and economic ties and deepen the friendship between the United States and Japan over the long-term.

Toyota Motor Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, Hitachi, Ltd., Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
are the latest companies to contribute to TOMODACHI The contributions of over $4 million from these Japanese firms will be used to create a new "TOMODACHI Fund for Exchanges" as well as to strengthen TOMODACHI's administrative capabilities. Under the new Fund, hundreds of young Japanese students will be given enhanced opportunities to participate in high-quality educational and cultural exchange programs with their American counterparts – helping to achieve TOMODACHI's vision of giving hope to the young people of the Tohoku region and Japan as a whole, as well as providing the skills and opportunities they need to pursue their dreams. These corporate commitments are important because they will sustain these opportunities for years into the future.


 


Hugh Anderson (Quaker) and
Pasadena Junior College students
welcome Esther as she arrives at the
Pasadena train station in September 1944.



Esther as panelist on Fred Korematsu Day - 1/30/12 Pasadena


  Esther Takei Nishio

During WWII, when 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their West Coast homes and incarcerated in ten desolate American concentration camps, a group of local Quakers came up with an idea to show that Americans of Japanese descent were indeed loyal to the United States and should be allowed to return home. In September 1944, Esther Takei Nishio was 19-years-old when these Quakers—with the approval of the U.S. Military--summoned her from a concentration camp in Colorado to serve as a “test case” to see how the Pasadena community would react to a Japanese American in their midst. If Esther was accepted, they believed, it would open the door for other Japanese Americans to return. But when word of her return made frontpage news, Esther faced a firestorm of hatred, fear and intolerance as she attended school at Pasadena City College. One man formed a “Ban the Japs” committee. A little old lady saw her at a bus stop and spit on her one day, and slapped her across the face the next. Esther knew that she was representing her community, and her actions could determine whether they returned or not. And so she endured indignity with dignity and violence with non-violence.
 




2011 CHERRY BLOSSOM AWARD HONOREES

Senator Daniel Inouye Cherry Blossom Leadership Awards:
• JA Living Legacy
• Grateful Crane Ensemble
• LA Councilwoman Jan Perry
• Manzanar Committee
• Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress.


Community Treasurer:
• Arthur Nakane
• Kimekomi Dolls.


Blossom Award:
• Ken Kaneska

George Kiriyama Educational Excellence Award:
• Glenn Omatsu

 

 

2010 CHERRY BLOSSOM AWARD HONOREES

Senator Daniel Inouye Cherry Blossom Leadership Awards:
• Japanese American Medical Association
• AADAP – Asian American Drug Abuse Program
• Nisei Week Foundation Community Treasurer:
• Okinawa Association of America


George Kiriyama Educational Excellence Award:
• Don T. Nakanishi, Ph.D.

 

 

2009 CHERRY BLOSSOM AWARD HONOREES

Senator Daniel Inouye Cherry Blossom Leadership Awards:
• Japanese American Optimist, Los Angeles
• Visual Communications
• Go For Broke Foundation
• Brian Kito, Fugetsu Do Community Treasurers:
• Koyasan Scout Troop
• LA Kimono Club


George Kiriyama Educational Excellence Award
• Richard Katsuda, 24 year Educator, LAUSD;
Co-chair Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress;
Director, Asian Pacific American Education Commission, LAUSD

 

 

2008 CHERRY BLOSSOM AWARD HONOREES

Senator Daniel Inouye Cherry Blossom Leadership Awards:
• Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California
• Keiro Senior Healthcare
• Frances Hashimoto, Miyakawa Bakery-Confectionary

Cold Tofu Blossom Award:
• American Airlines

 

 

2007 CHERRY BLOSSOM AWARD HONOREES

Senator Daniel Inouye Cherry Blossom Leadership Awards:
• Commander Terry Hara, Los Angeles Police Dept.
• Jerry Fukui, Fukui Mortuary
• Japanese American National Museum


The Rafu Shimpo Blossom Award:
• Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

George Kiriyama Educational Excellence Award
• Alan Nishio, Associate Vice President Student Services, California State University, Long Beach
& Associate Faculty Member, Dept. Asian & Asian American Studies

 

 

2006 CHERRY BLOSSOM AWARD HONOREES

Senator Daniel Inouye Cherry Blossom Leadership Awards:

• Margaret Makihara Cerrudo, Sr. Vice President Human Resources, AT&T Operations
• East West Players – nation’s premier Asian American theatre
• Japan America Society of Southern California


Community Treasures:
• Actor Rodney Kageyama
• “Songbird of Manzanar” Mary Nomura


George Kiriayam Educational Excellence Award:
• Esther Taira

 

 

2005 CHERRY BLOSSOM AWARD HONOREES

Senator Daniel Inouye Cherry Blossom Leadership Awards:
• The Aurora Foundation,
• The Pasadena Nikkei Seniors
• Hitoshi Sameshima
• Paul Tanaka, Assistant Sheriff, Los Angeles County
• Pacific Asia Museum.


Community Treasures:
• Photographer Stone Ishimaru
• Artist Natsu Serisawa

 

 

2004 CHERRY BLOSSOM AWARD HONOREES

Senator Daniel Inouye Cherry Blossom Leadership Awards:
• James & Nora Mitsumori
• Frank & Marian Sata
• Ted Tajima
• Dr. Gordon & Joanne Sasaki
• San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center


Community Treasure:
• Hitoshi Sameshima
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Performers




Kathy Bee
  KATHY BEE is an award winning singer, songwriter, musical playwright, who has entertained audiences across the U.S. opening for numerous celebrities from Bob Hope to Former President Bill Clinton. Although Kathy Bee was classically trained and has a 3 octave vocal range, she covers a variety of musical styles including Country, Jazz, Broadway, Oldies and Easy Listening. Her latest musical The Tin Can successfully premiered at The Woman’s Club in Hollywood. Kathy Bee songs I’m An American and Do The Dream are currently receiving airplay on radio stations across the U.S. In the fall, Kathy Bee's TV Show about "People Helping People", Touching Lives is scheduled to start production.

touchinglivestv.com
   

Scott Nagatani
 
SCOTT NAGATANI – Musical Director: Victor Victoria, Joe’s Garage, Nihonmachi, Camp Dance, Passion, Little Shop of Horrors, The World Goes ‘Round, Follies, Pacific Overtures, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Company, The Fantasticks, Threepenny Opera, Amahl & The Night Visitors. Composer: The Betrayed (theatre), Visas & Virtue (film), Pawns of the King (film), Songs from Readers' Theatre (children’s theatre). Musical Director: Japanese American National Museum Anniversary Dinner, Nisei Week Queen Coronation.

www.myspace.com/sansaymusic
   

Keiko Kawashima
  KEIKO KAWASHIMA is a professional singer, actress and dancer. She is a performing member, Director, Music Coordinator and Choreographer for the Grateful Crane Ensemble. She has appeared in: The J-Town Jazz Club; Project Momotaro; I Saw Baachan Kissing Santa Claus; Natsukashi No Kouhaku Uta Gassen; Nihonmachi: The Place To Be; The Camp Dance: The Music & The Memories; and A Jive Bomber’s Christmas. Film and voice credits: Day of Independence, The Last Samurai and others. She has participated in various recording projects and special events for Keiro Retirement and Nursing Homes, Nisei Week Coronation, JANM, Nanka Mie Kenjinkai, JACL National Convention and others.
     

 




Santa Anita Park
285 West Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007


Chandelier Room
 
Where is Santa Anita Park?

Santa Anita Park is located in Arcadia, California, 14 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. The racetrack property is bounded by Baldwin Avenue and Huntington Drive and is adjacent to the Westfield Santa Anita Shopping Center. Major freeways giving access to Santa Anita are the Foothill Freeway (I-210) to the north, San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) to the south, the San Gabriel River (I-605) to the east and the Pasadena (110) and Glendale (2) Freeways on the west. Directions from area airports:

Los Angeles International Airport
Santa Anita is 30 miles from the Los Angeles International Airport. To reach Santa Anita from LAX, take the Century Freeway (105) east to the Harbor Freeway (110). Then take the Harbor Freeway north to Orange Grove in Pasadena. Turn left on Orange Grove and take it to the I-210 Freeway east. Exit at Baldwin and turn right.

Hollywood-Burbank Airport
Santa Anita is 21 miles from the Hollywood-Burbank Airport. To reach Santa Anita from the airport, take the Golden State Freeway (I-5) south to the 134 Freeway east. The 134 will become the I-210 Freeway east. Exit at Baldwin and turn right.

Ontario Airport
Santa Anita is 30 miles from the Ontario Airport. To reach Santa Anita from the airport, take the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) west to the (I-57) north to the (I-210) Freeway west. Exit at Baldwin. Turn right on Foothill and right again on Baldwin.

COMPLIMENTARY PARKING

NOTE: The Weisfield Santa Anita MALL is on the west side of Santa Anita. Gate #5 is on the far East side of Santa Anita – there is a huge electronic board at Gate #5. If you are going West on Huntington Dr. you’ll go past Arcadia Methodist Hospital and Arcadia City Hall – stay in the left lane and you’ll go left again to remain on Huntington Drive stay in the left side (follow the signs) and Gate #5 is there.

Once in the parking lot: Follow the Signs to the Turf Club – there will be an attendant to direct you also.

Gate 5 (from the west): From the 210 Freeway east exit Santa Anita Ave. Make a right onto Santa Anita. Go south on Santa Anita and make a right onto Huntington Drive. Follow Huntington Dr. to Gate #5

Gate 5 (from the east): From the 210 Freewa west exit Santa Anita Ave. Make a left onto Santa Anita. Go south on Santa Anita and make a right onto Huntington Drive. Follow Huntington Dr. to Gate #5.

 

 

IN THE NEWS

 

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Mini-Mono

Mini-Mono Miniatures has been a part of the Cherry Blossom Festival Socal for the past
10 years and has been a Sponsor underwriting much of the graphic work for our flyers,
signage and program book.

Contact: Jane Taguchi
www.minimonominiatures.com/
mini-mono@sbcglobal.net

Info:
Fimo clay miniatures and other fun
craft items with an Asian theme..

Description:
Many handcrafted items. Fimo miniature figurines under 1 inch high. Mini magnets - Rubber Stamps - Asian Animal Zodiac - Kimono Girl - Obachan - Hawaiian Girl - Ocha Set - Daruma - Cherry Blossom Girl - Lucky Frog – Necklace – Bracelet – Bookmarks - Party Favors

Kimono Classics

Carolyn McBride is the owner of KIMONO CLASSICS a long time vendor the Cherry Blossom Festival.
She has also always been a generous donor to the CBF Silent Auction with a donation of one of her vintage Kimono pieces.

Kimono Classics is Vintage Japanese Kimono for men, women and children as well as vintage kimono fabric pieces.

Kimono Classics
Carolyn McBride- owner
Kimonoclassics@yahoo.com
Info: Vintage Japanes kimono for men, women and children as well as vintage kimono fabric pieces

Description: They sell vintage Japanese women's, men's and children's kimono and fabric. They also have a limited supply of modern, cotton yukata (casual kimono) for women, young girls and men. She sells obi sashes and kimono fabric in various lengths and sizes that can be used to make any number of items!

Kimono Classics does not have a web page at this time and do not sell in stores. they sell at various shows in the LA area, from the Cherry Blossom Festival to Quilt Shows. Feel free to email me with any special requests or to find out where she will be selling next!


The Manzanar Committee is dedicated to educating and raising public awareness about the incarceration and violation of civil rights of persons of Japanese ancestry during WWII, and to the continuing struggle of all peoples when Constitutional rights are in danger."

Services: Annually produce the Manzanar Pilgrimage on the last Saturday in April. Provide educational outreach by making classroom presentations and support all additional camp organizations in our common goals.

Products: Pilgrimage t-shirts, poetry books, Reflections, a vintage guide to the site; Ringo-en, by Tadashi Kishi, the physics teacher in Manzanar; our own cookbook, Mary Higuchi art prints, Pilgrimage programs. Please see our website for purchasing information or call Bruce Embrey.


Contact Person:
KERRY CABABA/BRUCE EMBREY
info@manzanarcommittee.org

Website –www.manzanarcommittee.org
Facebook – Key words, “Manzanar Committee”
Twitter – http://twitter.com/manzanarcomm
Email Blog: - http://blog.manzanarcommittee.org

Phone Numbers:
323-662-5102 (Bruce)
310 532-7562 (Kerry)


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Awards

Senator Daniel Inouye
Leadership

George Kiriyama Educational Excellence

Teachers Making a Difference

Community Treasures



Public Transportation

Metro provides both Metro Bus and Metro Rail transportation to The Cherry Blossom Festival via the Metro Gold Line to the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station or several Metro buses which stop on Alameda Street.

For more information about planning your trip to The Cherry Blossom Festival, please visit the Metro trip planner at www.metro.net or call (323) Go Metro or
(323.466.3876).

PDF Metro Rail Map

 

 

 

 


2011 Grand Honorary Chairs

Daniel K. Inouye
United States Senator, Hawaii

Jan Perry
Councilwoman, 9th District, City of Los Angeles

Kellye Nakahara Wallett
Watercolor Artist/Actress


2011 Honorary Chairs

Lucille Roybal-Allard
United States Congresswoman, 34th District

John Chiang
California State Controller

Paul K. Tanaka
Mayor, City of Gardena & Assistant Sheriff, L.A. County Sheriff's Dept.

Antonio R. Villaraigosa
Mayor, City of Los Angeles

Carolyn Crayton, CFE
Founder, Macon Georgia International Cherry Blossom Festival

Huell Howser
Host "California's Gold" - KCET & PBS Television

Dr. Gordon & Joanne Sasaki
Japanese American Medical Association

Koji
Proprietor, Japon Bistro

Amy Hill
Actress

 

 



CBF Events

 

Best in Festival
Most Photogenic Dog

2011 Winner!


Mochi with owner Dan Mayeda

Best in Festival Most Photogenic Dog Contest
Voting Ends on Sunday, 9/18 at midnight
Winner will be announced on Sunday, 9/25 at 3:15 on the Blossom Stage at the festival.

2011 Nominees

Babe
Buster
Carmy
     
Dudley
Gino
Rugby
     
Mochi
Noah
Precious
(Chihuahua Mix)
     
Precious
(Sheepdog)
Tofu
Ralphie
     
   
   

 


 



Cherry Blossom Festival FUN-RAISER & REBUILD JAPAN 10,000 CRANES Event. Watch Video

Saturday - May 21, 2011 - 11 am - 3 pm
On the front lawn of LA City Hall at 1st Street & Main
Parking: 211 North Los Angeles St.

Parking Instructions PDF - WORD

Special Presentation by LA Councilwoman Jan Perry on Fred Korematsu Day

Adopt a Crane for Japan Relief
Donate & Support the Cherry Blossom Festival

Vendors helping to raise funds for CBF & Japan Rebuild

Entertainment
Emcee/Performer: Miyuki Matsunaga

Matsutoyo Kai & Genchi Minyo Kikuta Kai Performing
Singers Aki Onouye & Kaoru Enjoji

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get Informed

CONGRATULATIONS RAY BAILEY
5 grammy nominations for his newly-released CD "Cruisin for a Bluesin" (Review) - For Cherry Blossomers - Ray was our performer at the Cherry Blossom Festival SoCal VIP Reception.Special Weekend guest! 'Hello Kitty'

 

Festival Program

Festival Hours, Directions & Lodging
Entrance At the Little Tokyo Metro Station Corner of
Alameda Ave.& Temple.

Fact

Press Releases

Best in Festival Most Photogenic Dog Contest

Festival Poster

Festival Map (Available soon)

Festival Recognition

The Trees

CBF Photos - Video

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Awards

Senator Daniel Inouye
Leadership Award

2010
• Japanese American Medical Association
• Asian American Drug Abuse Program
• Nisei Week Foundation

2009
• Japanese American Optimist, Los Angeles
• Visual Communications
• Go For Broke Foundation
• Brian Kito, Fugetsu Do

2008
• Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California
• Keiro Senior Healthcare
• Frances Hashimoto, Miyakawa Bakery-Confectionary
• Cold Tofu

2007
• Commander Terry Hara, Los Angeles Police Dept.
• Jerry Fukui, Fukui Mortuary
• Japanese American National Museum
• The Rafu Shimpo

2006
• Margaret Makihara Cerrudo, Sr. Vice President Human Resources, AT&T Operations
• East West Players – nation’s premier Asian American theatre
• Japan America Society of Southern California

2005
• The Aurora Foundation,
• The Pasadena Nikkei Seniors
• Hitoshi Sameshima
• Paul Tanaka, Assistant Sheriff, Los Angeles County
• Pacific Asia Museum

2004
• James & Nora Mitsumori
• Frank & Marian Sata
• Ted Tajima
• Dr. Gordon & Joanne Sasaki
• San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center

 

George Kiriyama Educational Excellence Award

2010
• Don T. Nakanishi, Ph.D., Director & Professor Emeritus, UCLA Asian American Studies Center (retired 2009).

2009
• Richard Katsuda, 24 year Educator, LAUSD; Co-chair Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress; Director, Asian Pacific American Education Commission, LAUSD

2008
• Mitchell T. Maki, Ph.D., M.S.W., Dean, College of Health & Human Services, California State University, Dominguez Hills

2007
• Alan Nishio, Associate Vice President Student Services, California State University, Long Beach & Associate Faculty Member, Dept. Asian & Asian American Studies

2006
• Esther Taira

 

Teachers Making a Difference

 

Community Treasures

2010
• Okinawa Association of America

2009
• Koyasan Scout Troop
• LA Kimono Club

2006
• Actor Rodney Kageyama
• “Songbird of Manzanar” Mary Nomura

2005
• Photographer Stone Ishimaru
• Artist Natsu Serisawa

 

Blossom Award

2008
• American Airlines

2007
• Japanese American Cultural & Community Center



 

 

 


The Cherry Blossom Festival is a project of the Pasadena Arts

Council’s EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program

501 (c) (3) charitable organization - EIN# 95-2540759

 

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