Woodbridge Village Center Hosts 10th Annual Japanese Cultural Affair

Irvine, California, August 15, 2008 — Woodbridge Village Center will host the 10th annual Japanese Cultural Fair on Sunday, August 24 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The free event is sponsored by the Orange County Japanese American Association (OCJAA), and the Irvine Yamaha Music Center, and features a variety of entertainment and demonstrations that represent the best of Japanese tradition and pageantry.

The afternoon event will include a Taiko (drum) performance, demonstrations of Shodo (Japanese calligraphy) and Ikebana (flower arrangement), Minyo (folk music), Nihon Buyo (traditional Japanese Dance), Awaodori (Awa dance), Karate (martial arts), Children’s Chorus, Origami demonstrations, as well as children’s games and crafts, and Hagi Japanese pottery for sale. The golden fish catching and water balloon fishing are Japanese fun games which are new for this year.

The afternoon will also include Chado, a time-honored tea ceremony. Freshly prepared Japanese tea will be served to those interested after the formal tea ceremony. Sagami sushi and Japanese shaved ice will also be available.

Opportunity tickets will be sold throughout the day with numerous prizes given at the end of the event. Numerous prizes have been donated by OCJAA and event supporters.

For more information on the Japanese Cultural Fair, contact the Orange County Japanese American Association at (714) 283-3551.

Woodbridge Village Center, owned and managed by The Irvine Company, is located on Barranca between Culver and Jeffrey in Irvine. Woodbridge Village Center is anchored by Stein Mart, Barnes & Noble, Woodbridge Movies 5 Theater plus several casual restaurants, specialty retailers and services.