May 5th is Children's Day or Kodomo no Hi (子供の日). Originally known as Tango no sekku (端午の節句), it became a national holiday in 1948 and has been a day of celebration in Japan since ancient times.
This year, JACCC will hold it’s Kodomo no Hi celebration on April 29th with the following activities, in addition to beverage/food vendors on the Plaza:
|10:30 am||Rajio Taiso|
|10:30 am||Emoji Pan Family Workshop w/ Okayama-Kobo #1|
|10:30 am – 5:30 pm||Beverage, Food & Retail Vendors|
|10:30 am – 5:30 pm||James Irvine Japanese Garden|
|11 am – 4 pm||Kids Craft Workshop|
|1 pm||My Neighbor Totoro (English Dub)|
|2:30 pm||Emoji Pan Family Workshop w/ Okayama-Kobo #2|
|3 pm||Ukuleles 4 Little Tokyo|
|3:30 pm||Irvine Cheerleaders|
|4 pm||My Neighbor Totoro (English Subtitles)|
Let’s start the day with Rajio Taiso! A national warm-up exercise in Japan, also known as radio calisthenics, Rajio Taiso promotes good health and socialization. Join us on stage for a quick 2-minute body warm-up to get ready for the day.
10:30 am & 2:30 pm
Join us for a fun family workshop at the Toshizo Watanabe Culinary Cultural Center. The workshop will be led by a special instructor – children and parents will learn how to decorate three (3) “emoji” faces on adorable fresh baked goods by Okayama-Kobo. This is an all-inclusive workshop that includes supplies, bread, and a take-home box. All children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Fruit drinks, hot tea, and water will be provided.
There will be two class sessions to choose from: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm or 2:30 – 4 pm. A standard $40 ticket for one adult and one child contains: one coppe sausage roll, 1 coppe, and 1 custard bear.
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join us for a Kids Craft Workshop in the Noguchi Plaza. Children can enjoy traditional Japanese activities like making kabuto (warrior's helmet) with old newspapers, which can be traced back to the Kamakura Period. Along with the 300 huge paper koinobori across the Noguchi Plaza, children can make a small koinobori with colored paper and straw.
JACCC's Chester Ikei from Ukeleles 4 Little Tokyo (U4LT) will sing traditional Japanese children's songs with Japanese and English lyrics along with instructors Kenneth Nakaba and Robert Takata. People of all ages are encouraged to come and sing along with U4LT participants:
1 pm & 4 pm
Free screenings of My Neighbor Totoro, a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli, will be played at the Aratani Theatre. The “English Language Dub” will be played at 1 pm while the “Japanese Language with English Subtitles” will be played at 4 pm. While the screenings are free, RSVP is required.
A performance by the Irvine Cheerleaders. Based in Irvine, California, they have been in operation for approximately a year and a half. The team includes people of all ages, from three-year-olds to mothers in their prime. They all have a lot of fun cheerleading together. They value enthusiasm, smiles, and always putting their best foot forward! They perform in new light blue costumes that are ideal for and represent Orange County's beautiful blue skies.
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Enjoy an array of delicious beverages and food vendors including, Bananabelle Brown, Kuramoto Shavery, Lagu Cafe, Okayama-Kobo, Shake N' Teas, and Shake Ramen! Additionally, we will have a retail vendor Minor, selling children's clothes that are sustainable and adorable.
Enjoy Totoro-themed decorated sugar cookies by Bananabelle Brow and Japanese-style kakigori (shaved ice) made with clear ice from Kanazawa, Japan by Kuramoto Shavery. Lagu Cafe and Okayama-Kobo will offer yummy treats such as coffee, curry pan, and onigiri — made right in front of you by an onigiri machine. Shake N' Teas will provide good quality teas and boba with healthier, natural, and real ingredients. Shake Ramen will be available at the Isamu Noguchi Plaza serving up an innovative broth-less ramen with the choice of protein and fresh veggies that requires vigorous shaking prior to eating.
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
All-day access to the James Irvine Japanese Garden. In celebration of this holiday, JACCC will open up the garden for families and attendees to enjoy for free throughout the day.