As the saying goes, showers in April bring blossoms in May.  This month we head to Little Tokyo for a special tour of the Japanese American Cultural Community Center’s iconic Noguchi Plaza which has temporarily been transformed into a resplendent ecoartspacefor the first-ever LA Bloom Festival. Our guide will be LA Bloom co-curator, acclaimed performance artist, Shingon Buddhist priest, master archer, and all-around modern day zen master Hirokazu Kosaka.

The concept for LA Bloom stems from a 16th century painting of a traditional Japanese fair.  Based on this depiction of a community bound together by simple, shared activities, Kosaka has curated an eclectic mix of over 120 artists, designers, and performers to bring Japanese culture to life.  The underlying theme for the festival is the blossom, or Hana, and the centuries-old Japanese spring time Hanami or “flower viewing” tradition.

Kosaka will lead us on a tour of the grounds, including a closer look at the ten-thousand-thread colorful Mare Nubium rainbow which is being installed during the opening night performance of LA Bloom.  Mare Nubium is an abbreviated reprise of Kosaka’s much-laudedKalpa performance that kicked of Pacific Standard Time back in October, not to be missed if you missed it the first time.

We’ll all end up in the zen garden just in time for Little Tokyo Happy Hour @ LA Bloom.  The grounds and exhibitions will be open to all for the rest of the evening.

Wednesday, May 2nd

6:00pm to 7:00pm Tour with Hirokazu Kosaka

7:00pm to 10:00pm Little Tokyo Happy Hour
LA Bloom
Japanese American Cultural Community Center (JACCC)
244 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Meet in Noguchi Plaza

Admission is free.