This Weekend: Hanamatsuri Festival at Orange County Buddhist Church

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The parking situation will test your patience, but the rest of the afternoon will put you at peace. The Hanamatsuri flower festival is a celebration of the birth of Buddha and it happens this weekend at the Orange County Buddhist Church in Anaheim.

Festivities will involve more than a day's share of Japanese culture (it's a two-day affair), including but not limited to aikido, kendo and karate demonstrations; katana sword, bonsai and koi exhibits; taiko drums performances, and of course, karaoke.

And why would we even talk about it if there wasn't food. There most likely will be grilled squid, teriyaki burgers, chirashi, makisushi, Spam musubis, and Okinawa dango, which are bite-sized fried donut spheres, and imagawayaki, a sort of hockey-puck-shaped pancake traditionally filled with sweet azuki bean paste.

The details:

Saturday, April 16, 2011; 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 17, 2011; 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Orange County Buddhist Church
909 South Dale Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92804

For more information about the event, click here and look under "Upcoming Events".

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Cunning Stunts
Cunning Stunts

Did anyone go to this? I am contemplating going. HOw was the food. What kind of food was served. Would love o hear about it and maybe inspire me to make the drive

D. D. Diner
D. D. Diner

If that parking gets to you, it's a straight shot two miles north to Portillo's Hot Dogs -- lots of free parking and a chocolate-cake shake that will chill you into eternity (large or small size).


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Parking is also free at the Hanamatsuri Festival. There is plenty of parking at the school located directly across the street from the church. One can visit Portillo's any day. The Hanamatsuri Festival is for this weekend only.

D. D. Diner
D. D. Diner

It was a (very slender) joke about chilling "into eternity," HFestival, keying off Edwin's clever first sentence: "The parking situation will test your patience, but the rest of the afternoon will put you at peace." Given the religious nature of the festival, I should have kept the thought to myself. Sorry.

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