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2022 Annual Venice (VJCC) Japanese Community Center Natsu Matsuri Summer Festival (Saturday Only)
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Date: Saturday, 25 June, 2022       Time: 5:00 pm
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Venice Japanese Community Center (VJCC)
12448 Braddock Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Phone: (310) 822-8885
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The Venice Japanese Community Center will present its annual Natsu Matsuri, or summer festival event, on Saturday and Sunday. The family-friendly event celebrates the Marina del Rey known locally as Venice area’s deep-rooted, decades-old Japanese American community with Japanese cuisine and Japanese cultural exhibitions, as well as American-style foods and treats like chili dogs, tacos and sno-cones.

Every summer the VJCC’s parking lot is transformed into a carnival event of easygoing, child-friendly games for youngsters, plus a baseball-throw dunking booth for older kids. The many food booths will also sell perennial favorites like teriyaki chicken, spam musubi and udon (Japanese noodles), as well as chirashi zushi, inari zushi and maki zushi.

Event Highlights 
Announcement of the Miss Western Los Angeles, VJCC/Venice WLA JACL Nisei Week Candidate

Matsui Festival Event Date
June 25, 2022 - Saturday

Matsui Festival Time
Sat: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free Event
Everyone is welcome to participate in the Ondo dance.

Matsui Festival Event Schedule 
The center’s basketball court, meantime, becomes filled with communal tables and chairs to dine, take a rest, visit with friends and watch the events that unfold throughout the day on the VJCC’s main stage, including demonstrations by the center’s various martial arts clubs (aikidō, iaidō, judō, karaté and kendō) and short programs by Venice Gakuen, hula dancing and line dancing, koto (Japanese zither), and shodō  Japanese calligraphy). Also performing both days will be the VJCC-based Koshin Taiko, and as twilight arrives and the day cools, Japanese American ondo dancing will begin.

Featured both days in the VJCC’s main hall and classrooms will be the “Pioneer General Store”. Walk over to the Cultural Expo and view photography and cultural exhibits of bonsai, watercolor, shodō, sumi-é, and ikebana.

Matsui Festival Event Location
The VJCC is located at 12448 Braddock Dr., near the intersection of Braddock Drive and Centinela Avenue, not far from both Culver City and L.A.’s “Silicon Beach” area of Playa Vista. Admission is free. Parking is available at Marina del Rey Middle School, as well as on the streets adjacent to the VJCC.

Saturday hours are noon - 9 p.m. and Sunday hours are 11 a.m - 8 p.m. Unless it is a certified service animal, such as a seeing-eye dog, pets or other animals, including emotional support critters, are prohibited.

Serving as this year’s festival co-chairs with Watanabe are Kazie Kame and Pat Dempsey. For more information, visit, send an email to [email protected] or call the VJCC office at (310) 822-8885.

Contact: Debbe Watanabe, (310) 822-8885 or [email protected]

Event Parking

Ondo Dance Times
Saturday: 6:00 pm
Sunday: 5:30 pm

Festival Event Location
Venice Japanese Community Center (VJCC), 12448 Braddock Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066 


See Ondo Practices
Ondo practice times are: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dates: June - Thursdays and Saturdays


City of Venice has 2 Japanese Festivals You Can See

1) Matsuri Summer Festival (June) Venice Japanese Community Center (VJCC)

2) Annual Obon Festival (July) Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple


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Celebrate the Japanese Culture food, performances and dancing.
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Matsui Festival Event Location
Annual Venice Japanese Community Center Natsu Matsuri Summer Festival Event (2 Days)

Matsui Festival Event Title 
2019 Annual Venice (VJCC) Japanese Community Center Natsu Matsuri Summer Festival Event - Live Taiko, Ondo Dancing, Performances, Teriyaki .. (2 Days)



Saturday, 25 June, 2022

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