Koshio Ken Taiko in Phoenix

2014 / Phoenix’s festival to exhibit Japanese art and crafts, Feb. 22-23

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Arizona Matsuri, festival of Japan in Phoenix, Feb 22 -23 10 am – 5 pm  Free Admission Heritage and Science Park, 7th and Monroe, Phoenix, AZ www.azmatsuri.org www.facebook.com/azmatsuri Partial funding provided by the Arizona Commission on the Arts through appropriations from the Arizona State Legislature and Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts....
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2014 / Phoenix’s festival to showcase Japanese culture and taiko music, Feb. 22-23

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Arizona Matsuri, festival of Japan in Phoenix, Feb 22 -23 10 am – 5 pm  Free Admission Heritage and Science Park, 7th and Monroe, Phoenix, AZ www.azmatsuri.org www.facebook.com/azmatsuri Partial funding provided by the Arizona Commission on the Arts through appropriations from the Arizona State Legislature and Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts....
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2013 / Phoenix Edition / Annual Moon-viewing Festival at Japanese garden, Oct 19

Phoenix Moon Viewing Festival

  Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix Otsukimi Moon–viewing Festival 2013 October 19, 5:00pm – 9:00pm (Gate opens at 4:30pm) 1125 North Third Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003 www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org      (602) 274-8700 The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix presents a traditional Japanese celebration of the full moon and an abundant fall harvest: Otsukimi Moon–viewing 2013. This annual...
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2013 / Ken Koshio: Taiko player and Japanese culture presenter

Arizona-based Ken Koshio is musician and Japanese culture presenter. He provides Wakonkan taiko studio in Phoenix while he is performing taiko as his profession. Wakonkan is located at 2217 North Dayton Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006. To contact Ken Koshio, email KenKoshio@hotmail.com  or call (602) 412-7781. www.KenKoshio.com
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2012 / March 11 turns Samurai costume soccer fan to disaster volunteer: now he is heading for Los Angeles, Jan 11-16

Mainichi Newspaper of Japan reported about a soccer bus tour for children of disaster victims. Read the article (Japanese) Because wearing his topknot on head and samurai armor, Hirokazu Tsunonda, 49-year old shoe store owner in Kashiwa city, Chiba prefecture, is well known as “Chonmage Tai” not only in Japan but also abroad. Mr....
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2011 / American Taiko Update : Phoenix Fushicho Daiko

On May 14, Phoenix taiko leader Esther Vandecar announced her retirement from the Fushicho Daiko activities in Arizona and would start her new taiko group Michigan Hiryu Taiko in Karamazoo, Michigan at the end of May. Her announcement was made during the Fushicho Daiko’s Taiko Explosion concert on May 14 at the Japanese Friendship...
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2011 / Arizona residents to flock to Japanese culture-themed festival, Feb 26-27

2011 / Arizona residents to flock to Japanese culture-themed festival, Feb 26-27

Tens of thousands of Phoenix residents have flocked to the Japanese culture-themed Matsuri Festival year after year – whether for the kimono fashion show, Japanese food or new surprises. The taiko drumming performances and martial-arts demonstrations are attractions for which more than 80,000 people crowd a Phoenix downtown park on the last weekend in...
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2011 / 27th Annual Arizona Matsuri Festival in downtown Phoenix, Feb 26-27

2011 / 27th Annual Arizona Matsuri Festival in downtown Phoenix, Feb 26-27

The 27th Annual Matsuri Festival takes over Heritage & Science Park in downtown Phoenix on Saturday and Sunday, February 26 & 27, 2011. This two-day celebration features colorful displays of authentic Japanese art, crafts, and entertainment. Traditional Japanese food and merchandise will be on sale. This year, the festival recognizes and celebrates Phoenix’ Sister...
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2010 / Awa Odori Workshop in Phoenix, Nov 13, 14

In order to bring Awa Odori dance to the parade of Phoenix Matsuri event on Feb 26 and 27, 2011, the following workshops will take place. Instructor: Machiko Fujii of Los Angeles Awa Odori Tokushima Ren. Machiko is a native of Tokushima where is home of Awa Odori. Saturday, Nov 13, 6 – 9...
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