This Weekend: Hanamatsuri Bazaar in Anaheim

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 before, the parking situation might test your patience, but the rest of the afternoon will put you at peace.

Like every year, it's 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 is why I'm 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.

More details can be read on this website, but here are the essentials::

Saturday, April 11, 2015; 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 2015; 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Orange County Buddhist Church 909 South Dale Avenue Anaheim, CA 92804 (714)827-9590 ocbuddhist.org

Admission is free.

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