Fuji Japanese Music will perform two stages at Oxnard Buddhist Temple’s Obon Festival on Saturday, July 12 at 3:45 pm and 4:45 pm. Admission fee.
Fuji Japanese Music is a Kabuki-style music troupe in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The founder and instructor of Fuji Japanese Music is Kimisen Katada a.k.a. Mariko Watabe who was trained in Japanese dance and music since a young age in Tokyo.
Since 1974, she has been teaching and performing Kabuki style dance and music in several states in the U.S.
Now she is teaching traditional Japanese dance and music at three weekends per month at the Oxnard Buddhist Temple.
Oxnard Buddhist Temple Obon Festival
250 South “H” Street, Oxnard, CA 93030
July 12, 2014, 3:45 pm Dance Program
Musume Dojoji: First performed in 1753 at the Nakamura-za in then Edo, currently Tokyo, “Musume Dojoji” is a famous Kabuki dance inspired by a legend beautiful maiden and a legend young monk. The stage will showcase a few scenes from the “Museum Dojoji.”
In the first scene, the maiden tells the story of her impossible love as she bounces a ball made of cherry blossom petals. In the scene that follows, the maiden reappears with a series of red hats.
July 12, 2014, 4:45 pm Music Program
Nihon No Uta (songs of Japan): Medley of beloved children’s songs from Japan such as: “Kazoe Uta,” “Komori Uta,” “Toryanse,” and “Sakura.”
Oxnard Obon Festival: In this parody of the Yamatogaku song “Museme Mikoshi,” young girls carry a Mikoshi shrine at the Oxnard Obon Festival.
Matsuri (Festival): This is a Nagauta repertoire. The sound of drums brings people joy and invites them to dance with humorous masks. This stage will end when the Shishi Mai (Lion Dance) appears at the festival.