Music and Dance – Traditional

2016 / Overview: 76th Nisei Week Festival in Little Tokyo, Aug. 13–21

The Nisei Week Foundation announces that the 76th Annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival will take place from August 13 – 21 at Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. The Niei Week Festival showcases free Japanese cultural events, activities and exhibits, including music and entertainment, food and fun games spanning two weekends. The Nisei Week is...
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2016 / Nisei Week, Second Weekend: Bonsai and Sword exhibitions at Little Tokyo, Aug 20-21

Nisei Week Bonsai

Weekend 2: August 20-21 August 20 (Saturday) Bonsai exhibition by Nampu-kai (JACCC Doizaki Gallery) Furoshiki exhibition (JACCC Tea House, 10 am – 5 pm) Japanese Calligraphy exhibition by Beikoku Shodo Kenkyu-Kai (JACCC Garden Room A, 10 am – 4 pm) Kimekomi Dolls exhibition by Yukari-kai (JACCC Garden Room B, 11 am – 5 pm)...
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2016 / Singer of Nisei Week Parade official song to appear at stages and parade from Tokyo, Aug. 13-14

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  The Nisei Week Grand Parade features official choreographies of two songs every year. In the 2016 parade, dance master Hanayagi Rokufukumi chose “Soran Matsuri” sang by Yoshimi Tendo and “Horshi no mai” (Dance of Stars) sang by Megimi Date. When Tokyo-based singer Megumi Date heard about the her song selection of the Nisei...
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2016 / Zen temple’s taiko concert to feature New York-based renowned shakuhachi player on June 4

Zenshuji Soto Mission and Zendeko taiko group present a one-time concert in Los Angeles with the theme of “Saiten: Celebrations” featuring shakuhatsu master Marco Lienhard, koto master Yuki Yasuda, and the Zendeko members who studied under Japan’s first professional taiko ensemble. This memorable concert will include the soulful sound of the shakuhachi and the...
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2016 / Show to fuse Japanese drumming and Rock ‘n’ Roll in Phoenix, April 2

Ken Koshio

Japanese Drummer and Performance Artist Ken Koshio will lead “Taiko ‘n’ Roll Live Show II: Yin Yang” A unique fusion of Japanese drums and Rock ’n ’Roll. The show artfully balances two very dynamic, different worlds to create a joyous musical journey. A spiritual performance that take you to a mystical space. Taiko ‘n’...
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2016 / Taiko: Kenny Endo’s 40th Anniversary Tour concert at Aratani Theatre, March 5

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center’s Aratani World Series presents “Kenny Ebdo Contemporary Ensemble 40th Anniversary Tour” at Aratani Theatre on Saturday, March 5, at 7:00PM. Reserved seat tickets are $25 and $35. Aratani Theatre is loacated at 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Little Tokyo). For tickets, visit this...
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2015 / Veteran Japanese folk song instructor and her students to present their 50th anniversary program, Nov. 29

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Japanese folk song instruction by Mem. Matsutoyo Sato in California, her school Matsutoyo Kai will present the program on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 1:00 pm at the James Armstrong Theatre in Torrance. Performing will be sixty members of the Matsutoyo Kai from the main studio in Gardena as...
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2015 / Okinawan koto school to celebrate its 50th anniversary with artists from Okinawa and Hawaii, Nov. 28

Classical Okinawan koto school Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyokai will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their establishment as the Los Angeles Branch by presenting the concert entitled “Hibiki Wataru” (The Journey of Sound) on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 2:00 pm at the James Armstrong Theatre in Torrance. Near 100 artists from Los Angeles, Okinawa, and Hawaii...
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2015 / Cal State University Los Angeles to present Japanese programs, Nov.9, 10, 12

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Celebration of the 40th anniversary of Japanese Studies Center at California State University, Los Angeles Cal State LA’s the Japanese Studies Center, the Department of Modern Language and Literatures, the College of Arts and Letters, and the Japan Foundation present the following events for free and open to the public:   Monday, Nov. 9...
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