Sakura Kai Taiko

EL CERRITO — The second annual J-Sei Family Festival will be held Sunday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito.

Back by popular demand, the event will celebrate Grandparents Day with traditional Japanese demonstrations, food, and hands-on activities for all ages. Planned indoor and outdoor activities include:

• Shibori (cloth dyeing)

• Food booths

• Gyotaku (fish-rubbing art)

• Japanese wood joinery

• Origami

• Ikebana

• Sake tasting

• Sushi making

• Manju making

• Bonsai design

• Kite making

• Otedama (bean bags for juggling)

Schedule of performances:

11:30 a.m. — Sakura Kai Taiko

12:15 p.m. — Genyukai Berkeley (Okinawan music and dance)

1:30 p.m. — East Bay Seiha Koto Ensemble

2 p.m. — Sentimental Strummers (ukulele)

Everyone is invited to make this a multigenerational family tradition. Admission is free. For more information, call (510) 848-3560, email or visit

Sponsored by California Bank  & Trust.

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