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

Admission is free.

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