This weekend the Orange County Buddhist Church in Anaheim will host its annual Hanamatsuri flower festival--a celebration of the birth of Buddha, with music and of course, food. And like I wrote last year and the year before that, the parking situation might test your patience, but the rest of the afternoon will put you at peace.
Like every year, this year will be a two-day event chock full of Japanese culture. There will be demonstrations of aikido, kendo and karate; katana sword, bonsai and koi exhibits; taiko drums performances, and yes, even karaoke.
Food will, of course, be a big part of the festivities (why else would we be talking about it). There will be grilled squid, teriyaki burgers, chirashi, makisushi, Spam musubis, and Okinawa dango, which are bite-sized fried donut spheres (some encasing hot dogs), and imagawayaki, a sort of hockey-puck-shaped pancake traditionally filled with sweet azuki bean paste. For a full list of food and prices, click here.
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More details can be read on their website, but here are the essentials::
Saturday, April 13, 2013; 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 14, 2013; 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Orange County Buddhist Church
909 South Dale Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92804