2015 / Veteran Japanese folk song instructor Matsutoyo Sato and her students to present their 50th anniversary program, Nov. 29

Matsutoyo Kai

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 well as branch studios in Berkeley, Orange County, Lodi, and San Jose.  Students from Thailand will also be participating.

The program also will feature beautiful kimono-clad Minyo Station performing minyo, or Japanese folk songs. Local Japanese dance teachers and their students will dance to Matsutoyo Kai’s accompaniment.

In addition, ten students who were recently awarded their natori (stage names) will be introduced in a formal debut presentation.

The special guest from Japan who will be highlighting this exciting show will be Japan’s top male Enka recording artist, Naruse Shohei whose warm-hearted personality is felt in his music. Other guest artists from Japan will include minyo performers from Tottori prefecture.

Tickets are $35 for general admission and are available by contacting:

Gardena:  310-800-0334 (Matsutoyo Sato); 310-619-8833 (Mamiko); 310-702-2586 (Rika).

Little Tokyo:  213-680-2499 (Uehara Travel, Inc.)

San Fernando Valley: 818-929-3070 (Kuni)

The James Armstrong Theatre is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, 90503.  The show will begin at 1:00 pm.  Parking is free.

A second show will be presented on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the California Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Tickets for the 11:00 am lunch and show can be purchased by contacting 702-217-4391 (Satomi).