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Cherry Blossom Time in Little Tokyo

Odori dancing, a sake garden, martial arts, more.



    Be the Toast of the Breeders’ Cup
    Cherry Blossom Festival
    The Cherry Blossom Festival happens on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11.

    While many weekend-long festivals will spotlight one wonderful thing -- say, painting -- the two-day Cherry Blossom Festival in Little Tokyo covers a lot of ground.

    The "non-stop" martial arts action is always a big draw. The Most Photogenic Dog contest draws oohers-and-aahers, and the beer and sake garden stays busy.

    But the elegant Odori dancing is also huge. So huge that there's a full-scale lesson, in the middle of the street, for anyone who is keen to learn the traditional moves. We've never had a dance lesson in a street, before; feels a bit like the start of a movie. Very cinematic.

    Also a must: the Cultural Pavilion. The Hawaiian Village. Pop performances with an anime vibe. And all the eats. We've mentioned our devotion to the bean-cake'd goodness of imagawayaki in the past. A Little Tokyo favorite, but the choices, as always, will be plentiful.

    The festival dates are Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11.

    Two things. It's a free festival. Thank you, kind organizers and volunteers. And two: About 45,000 people attended in '09, meaning you'll want to think about Metro or parking options.