Scenes from last year's ondo/odori (above) and dance-off (below). Photos by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo
Scenes from last year’s ondo/odori (above) and dance-off (below). Photos by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo

Centenary United Methodist Church, 300 S. Central Ave. (at Third Street) in Little Tokyo, will hold its Arigato Bazaar on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with public ondo dancing beginning at 4 p.m.

Free entertainment will include dance, musical and taiko performances and karate demonstrations. Art, photo and ikebana displays will be on view inside the church. For children, there will be a craft tent and games with prizes.

On the menu are teriyaki chicken, beef bowl, udon, sushi, manju, char siu bao, Haute Dogs, and shave ice. Baked goods, fresh produce, plants, flowers, handcrafted items and more will be on sale.

For the third year, the public is invited to participate in the odori/ondo, which will include Japanese dances associated with the summer festival season. A new 15-foot yagura will tower over the dance circle.

In addition to raffle prizes, visitors can win $500 through the Early Bird Opportunity Drawing or $1,000 through the Grand Prize Opportunity Drawing. During intermission for the odori/ondo, a drawing will be held for a 40-inch Sony Bravia LCD HDTV. Winner must be present.

Parking will be available at the 420 E. Third St. Medical Building. The entrance to the lot is on Boyd Street. Shuttle service will operate between the church and the parking lot.

For more information, call (213) 617-9097, email or visit


Program Schedule

10 a.m.: Centenary’s Chikara Daiko

10:15 a.m.: Early Bird $500 Opportunity Drawing

10:30 a.m.: The Big Island of Little Tokyo (Hawaiian dance)

11:15 a.m.: Rusty Steel (steel drums)

12:30 p.m.: Disneyland Alumni Club Band/Disney music trivia contest

1:15 p.m.: Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu of Little Tokyo (karate)

2:15 p.m.: Chikara Daiko and Higashi Honganji’s Bombu Taiko

3:15 p.m.: Dance-Off Dance Contest

3:30 p.m. Kotobuki no Kai-Little Tokyo (minyo)

4 p.m.: Public odori/ondo welcome

4:15 p.m. Public odori/ondo first session

4:45 p.m.: Public odori/ondo break/announcements

5 p.m.: Public odori/ondo second session

5:40 p.m.: Public odori/ondo thank-yous

5:45 p.m.: Closing remarks/$1,000 Grand Prize Opportunity Drawing

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