BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.2608@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20100813T000000Z DTEND:20100816T000000Z DESCRIPTION:<em>Live entertainment\, traditional Japanese foods\, craft boo ths &amp\; more!</em> \n \n The 2nd Annual Los Angeles Tanabata Festival w ill be held <strong>August 13&ndash\;16\, 2010 </strong> in conjunction wi th the Nisei Week Festival. In addition to the colorful kazari decorations on display\, attendees can enjoy live entertainment\, traditional Japanes e foods\, cultural craft vendors\, and a chance to view the stars. Feature d performers are <strong>Michael Paulo</strong> \, <strong>June Kuramoto a nd Kimo Cornwell</strong> \, <strong>Minyo Station</strong> \, and <strong >Ajuku Band</strong> .\n \n Tanabata kazari made by various organizations and individuals throughout Southern California will be on display from Fri day through Monday. Also on display will be the Community Kazari\, the lar gest of its kind ever made in the United States. Almost 300 people helped in making the kazari by folding the paper flowers. The kazari was made in collaboration with the Narumiya Kamishoji Company in Sendai\, Japan.\n\nTh e event is free and open to the public. The weekend&rsquo\;s festivities w ill take place in front of MOCA&rsquo\;s Geffen Contemporary at 152 North Central Avenue and on the Japanese American National Museum Plaza.\n \n <s trong>FRIDAY\, AUGUST 13 AT 5 PM: OPENING CEREMONY</strong> \n \n The Open ing Ceremony will feature Minyo Station and taiko performance. Dignitaries attending will include Consul General Junichi Ihara\, California Speaker of the Assembly John Perez\, and Councilwoman Jan Perry. The winners of th e kazari design contest will be announced. The event will be broadcast onl ine live to Japan.\n\n<strong>SATURDAY &amp\; SUNDAY\, AUGUST 14-15 FROM 1 2-8 PM: ENTERTAINMENT\, FOOD &amp\; CRAFTS</strong> \n \n Throughout the d ay on Saturday and Sunday\, the festival will include live cultural entert ainment\, traditional Japanese food booths\, and craft vendors. On Saturda y\, jazz musician Michael Paulo\, June Kuramoto and Kimo Cornwell of Gramm y-nominated band Hiroshima\, Ajuku Band\, and 12-year-old shamisen prodigy Naoki Atkins will perform. Sunday will feature Magic by Allen at 3 PM to amaze kids of all ages.\n \n &nbsp\;Learn about Japan by talking to member s from various local Kenjinkai associations who can share information abou t their regions. Kintetsu International will have a booth for those intere sted in visiting Japan. In the evening\, the Orange County Astronomers wil l bring their telescopes to view the constellations from the Tanabata lege nd.\n \n &nbsp\;\n <strong>CONTACT</strong> \n \n For more information\, v isit the <a href="http://jhills-tanabata.community.officelive.com/default. aspx" target="_blank">its website</a> or contact the Little Tokyo Koban at 307 E First St.\, Los Angeles\, CA 90012. By phone at 213-613-1911.\n \n This event is presented by the Little Tokyo Public Safety Association\, Ni sei Week Foundation\, and Nanka Kenjinkai Kyogikai. Corporate Sponsors: Un ion Bank and Kintetsu International. SUMMARY:The Second Los Angeles Tanabata Festival URL:/en/events/2010/08/13/the-second-los-angeles-tanabata-festival/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR