Fusion Fridays, Pacific Asia Museum’s signature summer evening series, is back! We kicked it off—literally—on Friday, May 18, with sumo matches, taekwondo, and much more.
Andrew Freund, director of the California Sumo Association, introduced us to the basic principals of sumo. Then world sumo champion Byamba took on challengers, including some of our guests, in real matches in our courtyard. After a short break Xplore taekwondo broke boards, reached heights through careful balance, and sliced apples midair in an impressive display.
Guests also enjoyed listening and dancing to the sounds of DJ Yuki Shimotakahara, exploring the new exhibition Masterpieces of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, providing their own voiceovers to kung fu movies in an activity led by artist Nori Shirasu, and eating food from trucks Nom Nom and Coolhaus.
Sad you missed out? Come to our next event, Pop Up, on June 15, 7:30–10:30 pm. We’ll have a karaoke lounge, a group graffiti project, DJ Ireesh Lal spinning in the courtyard, and trucks Clean Street Food and Paradise Cookies in our lot. Free for members, $15 general. Reserve or buy your ticket on Eventbrite now! ~KS