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Blossom Festival is a free admission, two-day weekend event that draws people
yearly from all over the Southern California area to experience Japanese as
well as Asian Pacific culture. The outdoor main stage program is packed with
performances that range from classical Japanese dancing to vibrant taiko
drumming, from contemporary music groups such as Local Mojo and Kokoro to
exhibitions of martial arts and local high school performance groups. Among the
exhibits featured in the Barnes Park gym are Ikebana flower arrangements,
Japanese Kimekomi dolls, mochi (sweet rice cake) making and sushi making.
This year, we
are pleased to have KABC news reporter Denise Dador join us at the opening
ceremonies on Saturday, April 22. Dador is currently the Channel 7 Eyewitness
News health specialist. Her Healthy Living segment airs daily. Dador has been a
longtime supporter of the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Blossom Festival Marketplace area features numerous vendors with merchandise
having that unique Asian/Pacific Islander flair. In addition to a game area, the
children’s craft area makes this the perfect family affair. And, what is a
festival without delicious food choices, ranging from teriyaki to the popular mochi
attendees can also avoid parking hassles by taking free
shuttles from Langley Senior Center, and Ynez and Repetto elementary schools.
Blossom Festival, like many Monterey Park community events, is free to the
public and is realized by the crucial contributions of volunteers and financial
sponsors. Please visit www.MontereyPark.ca.gov for a list of sponsors or how
you or your business can contribute to the success and continuance of this
It seems hard
to believe that the festival has been around for 20 years. For some of us who
work on putting on this event, our now adult children were once small children
that looked forward to this yearly event. We believe that any visitor can
develop that same attachment and will look forward to coming back every year.