2023 Bunka-Sai Japanese Cultural Festival in Torrance
By Kelly Lui
There was also good food and crafts for sale at the festival. It seemed like our booth had a never-ending supply of dango, sweet Japanese dumplings.
Now onto our favorite Japanese art form, bonsai! Dai Ichi Bonsai Kai had an impressive bonsai display of five trees each with their own accent plants. Doyle Saito displayed a pyracantha, Japanese maple, and Japanese black pine. Jason Saito displayed a 70-pound juniper saikei balanced on two rocks, which made it look like it was floating weightless on air. And Kelly Lui got to display a small prostrata juniper that she won at a club raffle. There were also three live bonsai demonstrations across the two-day festival. The demonstrations were done by Jason, Louis Carrillo, and Mel Ikeda with Kelly. Our booth was visited by old friends of the club and many people interested in the art of bonsai. We even had a few people from that we met at the festival show up at our most recent club meeting.
All-in-all, it was a great cause that our club supported and we got to share our love of bonsai with a lot of people.
Thank you to Doyle, Jason, Dan, Kevin, Louis, Mel and Kelly for helping setup and manage our booth.