Anaheim to have its First Japan Fair on May 25th on Center Street Promenade

ANAHEIM - For the first time in city history, Anaheim will have its first Japan Fair on the Center Street Promenade in Downtown Anaheim on Saturday May 25 from 11 AM to 8 PM. The Japanese community, in Anaheim, has a long rich history and the city has maintained a strong sister city relationship with Mito, Japan since 1976.

This first endeavor will be jam packed with entertainment from 14 artists and performing groups from Anaheim, Southern California, and Japan. Starting with Anaheim's Daion Taiko which was founded in 1978 at the Orange County Buddhist Church, performances will be presented non-stop on the Anaheim Japan Fair main stage and include Shishimai Lion Dance, Kyokushin Karate, two samurai fight demonstration, Hawaiian dance, Cosplay Fashion Show, a local DJ and a special calligraphy demonstration by renowned Japanese calligrapher and black and white artist Soho Nakano from Shizuoka Prefecture.. Live artists will include MiruDaru, Cali Crisis, Riona Hamamatsu, Cribabi Japan, and conclude with featured performer DJ Taku from Japan.

DJ Taku - Taku Takahashi launched his career in 1998 as the DJ/Producer of the J-Pop music group "m-flo." The group quickly rose to prominence and over the last decade has sold over 2 million copies of their 30 singles and 10 albums.

He is also well-known for his solo work as a producer/ songwriter and has proven himself as one of Japan's top internationally recognized artists in winning the Beatport Music Awards. In 2011, he established Japan's first and only Dance Music Radio Station "block.fm." He has over 23,000 followers on his Instagram site https://www.instagram.com/takudj/

There will be 25 Japanese food, beer, and sake beverage vendors which will line Center Street Anaheim, the revitalized center of CtrCity Anaheim, where small local businesses are offered with vintage vibes and a modern-day twist. Bordered by the historic Carnegie Library, Muzeo Museum, and the Gehry-designed Rinks at Anaheim Ice, Center Street Anaheim is just a short walk away from the happening Anaheim Packing District.

Angels Baseball will be participating and providing giveaways during the event and merchandise vendors will bring special products that can be purchased by the attendees.

Anaheim Japan Fair's coordinator Rocky Yoneyama, of Okayama Kobo Bakery & Café and Bizen Beer Bar, opened last year on the Center Street Promenade and he wanted to do something new to draw interest to the culture of Japan. "First of all, we wanted to create a unique event to attract more people to Downtown Anaheim and provide a place to introduce and experience Japanese culture by showcasing Japanese cuisine, traditional Japanese arts, to pop culture like Anime and J-Pop in one place for one day.  We are trying to produce an event that will be great for the whole family who have interest and want to experience what it would be like to be in Japan today," Yoneyama said.

Admission is free and limited free parking is located within the parking structure closest to Anaheim Blvd and paid parking structure rates are posted at entry points. To access parking structures, please enter from Clementine Street to Oak Street.

Organizers have created a special Anaheim Japan Fair goodie bag and is offering its first souvenir of the event by offering a $5 discount through May 11, 2019 for a Pre-sale special assortment of items and vendor discounts and coupons which you can buy online They hope this will be just the beginning of more Japan Fairs in the future in the City of Anaheim.

For further information, please check the Anaheim Japan Fair web page at www.anaheimjapanfair.com or call 310 - 567 - 4286.

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JAPAN'S DJ TAKU HEADLINES ANAHEIM'S FIRST JAPAN FAIR - Having over 23,000 followers on Instagram, Taku Takahashi, known as DJ Taku in Japan, launched his career in 1998 as the DJ/Producer of the J-Pop music group "m-flo." The group quickly rose to prominence and over the last decade has sold over 2 million copies of their 30 singles and 10 albums. The Anaheim Japan Fair is excited to have him perform at the May 25th event at the Anaheim Center Street Promenade. For further information about this free event, go to www.anaheimjapanfair.com.

                                                                                                          Photo Courtesy of DJ Taku