Explore Japanese Culture at LA Bloom
The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Los Angeles is proud to present their first annual spring celebration festival: LA Bloom.
The LA Bloom festival is a 9-day celebration (ending on May 5) of Japanese Art and Culture, featuring ageless traditions, contemporary art, culture, performances and entertaining community activities.
LA Bloom has been co-curated by JACCC’s Artistic Director Hirokazu Kosaka, and landscape architect and artist Calvin Abe of AHBE Landscape Architects. The overall approach for LA Bloom comes from a 16th-century painting of a traditional Japanese fair that depicts a sense of community brought together by simple, shared activities and time itself. With this concept, Kosaka has curated a varied mix of over 120 artists, designers, and performers to bring Japanese culture to life for Los Angeles residents. “The festival emulates the natural course of the sakura (meaning: cherry blossom) from its initial unfurling through full blossom to its graceful and inexorable end” he says.
Throughout the 9-day festival will be special performances, lectures and workshops that have been designed to inspire, entertain and intrigue guests. Sunday May 5th marks “Family Day” from 12:00pm to 4:00pm in the JACCC Plaza. This event is free and activities will include live performances and workshops that will teach children Japanese traditions, ranging from sushi-making to Japanese calligraphy. The festival closes with a special performance of Mexican folklorico by the Pacifico Dance Company.
Tickets start at $25 for performances and can be purchased now. Entrance to Ecoartspace is free. Admission for children is free.
Photos courtesy of LA Bloom