2012sakura Cherry Blossom Centennial Concert
- A Touch of Tokyo -

You are invited to a special Cherry Blossom Centennial Concert !
Friday November 2nd, 4:00pm-6:00p.m at Grand Park, Los Angeles Downtown
(at Flag Garden and Performance Lawn)
Japanese site

@ Getting there
@Grand Park Map
@More information of the 2012 Japan-US Cherry Blossom Centennial

For details, please contact
Consulate General of Japan
or (213)617-6700 ext 330


The planting of 24 cherry trees at the Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles will honor the 2012 Japan-U.S. Cherry Blossom Centennial. In commemoration, these two organizations, the Grand Park, and the Japan Foundation will proudly host a rededication ceremony and a 20 kimono-clad member R&B performance choreographed with a samurai sword fight.

Dedication Ceremony
(Open to the public)

Time: 4pm-4:30pm
Location: Grand Park Block3
Flag Garden
(Between Hill St. and N. Broadway Ave.)

A dedication ceremony will be held at the cherry tree grove in the Grand Park, Block 3. The plaque highlighting the symbol of friendship between Japan and the United States will be revealed. The ceremony includes the remarks by the County and City officials, policymakers, as well as the Consul General of Japan.

Cherry Blossom Centennial Concert
-A Touch of Tokyo-

(Free to the public)

Time: 4:45pm-6pm
Location: Grand Park Block 2
Performance Lawn
(Between Grand Ave. and Hill St.)

A fusion R&B Gospel groupHEAVENESE” from Tokyo will perform on stage. Actor/comedian Rome Kanda, known for his 2008 comedy reality show, “MAJIDE!? I Survived a Japanese Game Show” will be the MC.
Next to the stage at the Market Place, Japanese-fusion style food trucks will be offering sushi –rolls and other favorites. To those interested in Japan, informational booths will provide official tourism information and Japanese language learning opportunities.
*Bring your blankets or chairs.

Heavenese <Youtube video>  
Consulate General of
County of Los Angeles


@Performer and MC@@@
heavenese picWho is “HEAVENSE” ?

Heavenese is a music unit that will bring entertainment to people of all ages. Our purpose is to let people know the beautiful Japanese tradition and culture by collaborating with the sound of the Gospel and R&B, music that is familiar to many American households. The music we bring is truly a genre of its own.
Heavenese is a Gospel unit composed by Marehisa Ishii (also known as Marre), musician, writer, pastor, and counselor and his wife Kumiko. While the band consists of over ten artists with diverse genres and backgrounds, band members were brought together by an unchanging spirit all in one accord.  Our performances are not merely filled with entertainment that will bring pleasure visually and acoustically, but also bring humor and message of the Japanese Spirit of “Yamato.”
Heavenese has caused sensation among the entertainment industry in the United States for its unique, original sound and entertainment. The band independently planned and conducted Japan Earthquake benefit concerts titled “Don’t Forget Japan Tour” for free admission at seven locations in southern California. The concerts were success and brought over 9,000 people. The band has released songs produced by Andrae Crouch, directed by Sheila E. A debut album is to be released this fall in U.S.
Heavenese's officail site Fhttp://www.tengokumin.com/index_j.html
Mr.. KandaWho is MC for this special event?

Rome Kanda,
who is known for his quirky 2008 comedy reality show, MAJIDE!? I Survived a Japanese Game Show, will join as a MC. He will romote his new biographical digital manga series, Samurai Spirit: The Story of Rome Kanda, which is available in English for the Apple iPhone®, iPad® and iPod® as well as Android-enabled devices.Link for "Samurai Spirit:

Mr. Kanda's official site :http://www.romekanda.com/
@Our Special Supporters (Kimono, Cosplay Groups)
LA Kimono Nadeshiko Kai holds a meeting once a month where members learn how to put on Kimono along with Kimono manners and knowledge. Our objective is to introduce and expand beautiful Japanese Kimono culture in LA through various cultural exchange activities.
Nadeshiko Kai
currently have about 70 members.

LA Kimono Nadeshiko Kai
blog:: http://lakimononadeshiko.blog79.fc2.com
email: lakimononadeshiko@yahoo.co.jp

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@Company supports
@Food Trucks (available for purchase)

Handa Rolla Masta

Lomo Arigato

Cool Haus