The Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute’s Matsuri Fundraiser returned on June 24 after being sidelined during the pandemic.
The festival featured food, entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, games for kids, bingo, a raffle, a plant sale, a beer garden, and a white elephant sale, all organized by GVJCI’s member organizations.
The GVJCI board, staff, interns and volunteers all contributed to making the fundraiser a success.
This year’s sponsors included King’s Hawaiian (gold); U.S. Bank (silver); AFIA Insurance Services, Nikkei Credit Union, Mabuhay Credit Union, B&G House of Printing Inc., AHTKY Insurance Agency, JINS, Rascals Teriyaki Grill, Luther Burbank Savings, Kaji & Associates (bronze); Sapporo Premium Beer, Tanaka Farms (product).
Photos by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo (except where noted)