February 14, 2013
Tokyo City Cup to Feature Japanese Cultural Exhibitions
”Japan Family Day”;
$100,000 Stakes Race Celebrates Relationship between Santa Anita Park and Tokyo City Keiba (TCK)’s Ohi Racetrack
ARCADIA, CA — Santa Anita Park, a sister horse race track of TCK Ohi Racetrack in Japan, will host the 18th annual Tokyo City Cup on Saturday, March 23. This $100,000 Grade III Tokyo City Cup race brings together some of the top thoroughbreds in the nation. Along with this race, the annual spring event “The Japan Family Day” will be held on the site. It celebrates a long partnership between two of the premier tracks in the world with a wide variety of Japanese cultural exhibitions, food booths and travel information on Japan.
The Tokyo City Cup, won last year by DYNAMIC HOST, is the sole graded stakes race named for a major city outside of the United States. Free admission coupons are available by visiting www.tokyocitycup.com. Also, free Tokyo City Cup T-shirts for the first 1,500 patrons (coupon available on the website and select publications) and more gifts for fans who complete a survey at our drawing tables are available. The website also provides more information about the specific event schedule. Gates open at Santa Anita at 10:30 a.m., with first post at 12:30 p.m.
The Japan Family Day features Japanese cultural exhibitions booths such as Sado (tea ceremony), Kado (flower arranging), Shodo (calligraphy), Origami (paper folding), Anime and Kimono, and stage shows like Shishimai (Japanese Lion Dance), Minyo (Japanese folk song), Karate (Japanese martial arts) , Sumo (Japanese-style wrestling), Ryukyu Buyo (Okinawa traditional dance), Tsugaru Shamisen (Three-stringed Japanese guitar), and Taiko (a special Japanese drum performance). Among them, you can’t miss Fujiyama Ichiban. They will be performing the Action Hero Show on the stage. This is their first appearance on Japan Family Day.
At kimono booth, you can take photos with beautiful kimono girls. If you want to know more about Japan, Visit Japan provides you tourism information to as an attractive travel destination for your next vacation. Also, at the park, there are lots of entertainments such as games, pony rides and face painting for kids, too. So, your kids never get bored!
If you are hungry, various Japanese food booths are available. Sushi, Curry, Okonomiyaki (Japanese-style Pizza), Japanese Tea, Japanese BBQ, Onigiri (Rice Ball) and Japanese bakery…
At the beer garden Japanese beer will be served.
Santa Anita Park (http://santaanita.com) is located in Arcadia, California, a residential community 14 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. It is famous as a filming location for the movie, “Seabiscuit“. Santa Anita Park opens each year on December 26, with daily racing continuing through late April, from Thursday through Sunday. For more information, please visit at www.tokyocitycup.com.