Performances - 2018



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Main Stage Schedule



MC by Tomo "Angie" Hoku


Saturday, July 7th

10:00 a.m. ~ 10:15 a.m. Shinto-Muso-Ryu-Jo 神道夢想流杖術
By Shintokan 神稲館
10:30 a.m. ~ 11:00 a.m. Color
By UV Performing Arts
11:15 a.m. ~ 11:45 a.m. Ishi Yama Battojutsu Demonstration
By Ishi Yama Battojutsu
12:15 p.m. ~ 12:45 p.m. Taiko Drumming
By Seattle Kokon Taiko   
1:00 p.m. ~ 1:30 p.m. Traditional Shotokan Karate Demonstration
By Washington Shotokan Association
1:45 p.m. ~ 2:05 p.m. Hana Medley
By Evergreen Glee Club
2:15 p.m. ~ 2:45 p.m. Okinawan Taiko Drumming and Dance
By Okinawa Kenjin Kai Chijinshuu
3:00 p.m. ~ 3:30 p.m. Cosplay Contest
By Sakura-Con
4:00 p.m. ~ 4:30 p.m. Salmon Cutting Show
By Ten Sushi
4:45 p.m. ~ 5:15 p.m. Singing in Harmony
By Sophie, Makena & Kaia



Sunday, July 8th

10:30 a.m. ~ 10:50 a.m. Beautiful Japanese Stage Dance
By Team Japonesque
11:00 a.m. ~ 11:45 a.m. Authors Showcase
By Chin Music Press
12:15 p.m. ~ 1:00 p.m. Japanese Taiko Drumming
By Japan Creative Arts/
     CHIKIRI & The School of TAIKO
1:15 p.m. ~ 2:00 p.m. Chef Talk: "Ramen, Sake and Sushi:
Delicious promoters of Japanese culture"
by Shiro Kashiba, Sachiko Miyagi, and Brandon Ting
2:15 p.m. ~ 2:45 p.m. Kimono Show "和遊着 (Wayuugi) Kimono"
By Kimono Art/NPO法人 愛loveきもの幸の会
3:00 p.m. ~ 3:45 p.m. Hogaku Ensemble
By Songs of Hope & KOTO no WA
     with Marcia Takamura and James Jennings
4:00 p.m. ~ 4:20 p.m. Koto into Jazz
By Chris Kenji Beer




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Performance Descriptions


MC by Tomo "Hoku" Angie: Tomo (AKA Hoku) has been a bilingual emcee for many years in both Hawaii and Seattle, doing various events involving Hawaiian music, hula, sports, information technology and/or food & hospitality industries. She also works as an event promoter: she has done many Hawaiian- and Japanese- related events, and more recently is supporting Bollywood (Indian) events in greater Seattle area. Tomo works freelance as an interpreter and translator as well as a tour coordinator, and is also a regular contributor as a travel writer for a Japanese magazine. And as if those gigs aren't keeping her busy enough, she also fulfills her creative interests by being a recording artist for Hindi-Japanese songs, and also by posing as a model at Gage Academy of Art.






Shinto-Muso-Ryu-Jo 神道夢想流杖術by Shintokan 神稲館: There will be several demonstrations of traditional Japanese martial arts today, done by members of the SHINTOKAN MARTIAL ARTS DOJO, located in Woodinville, Washington. The first demonstration will be techniques from a 400 year-old school called SHINTO MUSO RYU. These techniques are mainly concerned with the use of a 4-foot staff against a sword. Following will be demnstrations of various other weapons, such as tanjo, jutte, and kusarigama, that have been historically taught along with SHINTO MUSO RYU.




Color by UV Performing Arts: Formerly known as ArtRise Dance, UV Performing Arts is a place where students of all ages and levels of ability participate in an array of performing arts such as dance, music and drama class with professional instruction.







Ishi Yama Battojutsu Demonstration by Ishi Yama Battojutsu: Ishi Yama ("stone mountain") Battōjutsu is a uniquely American expression of traditional Japanese swordsmanship developed by Russell McCartney Sensei, the Chief Instructor of Ishi Yama Battōjutsu. Ishi Yama is a teaching and training method, as well as a dynamic combat-oriented cutting style sword art form designed for multiple encounter scenarios from multiple directions and multiple targets within the flow of movement. Therefore, Ishi Yama Battōjutsu kata (forms) are typically comprised of more cuts and techniques after the initial draw than those found in other sword schools. Ishi Yama Battōjutsu is one of the few styles that incorporates nitto waza (two sword techniques) and jigeiko (free sparring) within its curriculum, as well as regular practice at tameshigiri (target cutting).





Taiko Drumming by Seattle Kokon Taiko: Seattle Kokon Taiko is a performing group based in the local Japanese American community. Taiko is a dynamic synthesis of rhythm, movement and spirit originating in Japan and evolving as a folk art over the last several hundred years. In Seattle Kokon Taiko, we try to combine the ancient with the modern; our repertoire is a mix of traditional pieces and contemporary compositions.











Traditional Shotokoan Karate Demonstration by Washington Shotokan Association: Traditional Shotokan karate demonstration involving kihon (basic techniques), kata (patterns of moves), and kumite (sparring) for various age groups.








Hana Medley by Evergreen Glee Club: EGC will perform 8 songs (16 minutes) as part of the Hana (Flower) Medley. The composition is specifically geared for 4-part male chorus group.






Okinawan Taiko Drumming and Dance by Okinawa Kenjin Kai Chijinshuu: Okinawan taiko drumming, dance and music.






Cosplay Contest hosted by Sakura-Con: Cosplay contest with prizes. Sign-up at the Sakura-Con booth by 1:30 p.m., and be next to the stage by 2:30 p.m.!









Salmon Cutting Show by Ten Sushi: Shinichiro Takahashi, the owner of Ten Sushi will give us a step-by-step demonstration of filleting a whole salmon. Some samples will be handed out at the end of the show.





Singing in Harmony by Sophie, Makena & Kaia: Sophie, age 17, was born in Japan and moved to Bellevue, WA, when she was 12. Fully bilingual in Japanese and English, Sophie has grown up with a deep appreciation for both Japanese and American culture. A veteran of many local musical theater productions, she most recently starred in the Bellevue High School spring musical, Crazy for You, and is looking forward to releasing her first album with Agenda Records for the Japanese market. You can follow Sophie on Instagram (@sophiiart).

Sisters Makena and Kaia, both a quarter Japanese, have been singing together all of their lives. Makena, age 15, is an accomplished musician who won a Silver award at the Golden Key Festival piano competition at Carnegie Hall and was recently selected for the WMEA All State High School Treble Choir. Kaia, age 12, is an aspiring songwriter and has been recognized for her original song, “I’m a Girl,” inspired by the Time’s Up movement. She has raised over $800 for the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. (“I’m a Girl” can be found on iTunes, Amazon music and most other digital platforms.) Like her sister, Kaia was also selected for the WMEA All State Youth Choir this year.









Beautiful Japanese Stage Dance by Team Japonesque: We do slow tempo Sakura song with traditional kimono then we do little up tempo J-pop with our original costume. And more...




Authors Showcase hosted by Chin Music Press
Poets, translators and authors introduce their latest Japan-related books and projects. Everything from haiku to Japanese literature in translation to poems for children will be covered. 

Featuring: Dave Jacobson & Yuko Enomoto - "Are You an Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko", Doug Palmer - "Bruce Lee: Sifu, Friend and Big Brother", Jay Rubin - "The Penguin Book of Japanese Stories", Azusa Tanaka - "Subject Librarians: Unpacking Their Roles in American Academic Libraries", Shinichiro Takahashi - "Amerika ni koi!", and Michael Dylan Welch - "First Snow" (Haiku).


Japanese Taiko Drumming by Japan Creative Arts/CHIKIRI & The School of TAIKO: Exciting & beautiful performing arts of Japanese Music program, mainly Taiko Drumming. The stage will be made by the students with wide range ages; kids , youth & adults and led by CHIKIRI; the founders of The School of TAIKO. You can see their performance at various events, like halftime show for Seattle Storms, Celebrate Asia of Seattle Symphony, Library Summer programs and more community events. Their performance is suitable for any programs which need the good sounds and movement for communities, corporate and private events.



Chef Talk: "Ramen, Sake and Sushi: Delicious promoters of Japanese culture" by Shiro Kashiba, Sachiko Miyagi, and Brandon Ting: In 1970, Shiro Kashiba opened Seattle’s first sushi bar, following his dream of bringing Tokyo style sushi to America. He went through grueling apprenticeships in the Ginza district of Tokyo, where he studied under the sushi master Jiro Ono. Over the decades he has become a sushi legend in his own right, opening several wildly successful restaurants in Seattle and across the country, including Nikko and Shiro’s.
Sachiko Miyagi was born in Alaska and spent her youth in Japan. She worked at Chiso in Fremont, Seattle, while going to the University of Washington. After moving back from Boston to pursue architecture to Seattle, she started working at the Cedar River Brewing Company, the only Sake Brewery in Seattle at the time. Now she works as a Sake Specialist at Sake School of America, founded by Mutual Trading Company - one of the largest importers of Japanese foods and beverages worldwide.
Brandon Ting sees ramen as a perfect mix between art and science. A perfect bowl of ramen requires significant skill sets to create. Brandon is the first person to bring authentic Japanese ramen into the Greater Seattle area. Not only is he a successful business man and the founder of Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya, but he is also an avid supporter of our local community. Above all, he is a Ramen enthusiast and he can make you an awesome bowl of ramen.



Kimono Show "和遊着 (Wayuugi) Kimono" by NPO法人 愛loveきもの幸の会/KIMONO ART: The Kimono specialist Yu Ugawa is making an appearance again. This year’s stage performance will be the “wayuugi” show that was displayed in November of last year in Kobe, Japan. The “wayuugi” show will demonstrate a creative, open minded, and fun theme for wearing kimonos. Not only will Yu Ugawa demonstrate the traditional Japanese styles of Kimono, but she will also coordinate all sorts of different cultures with her traditional Japanese kimonos to show a diverse display. For example, she will be implementing traditional Thailand fashion with her style of Japanese kimonos, using shoes such as heels and pumps instead of the traditional ‘zouri’, and many more. She will also be coordinating and displaying men’s kimonos so don’t miss out!




Hogaku Ensemble by Songs of Hope & KOTO no WA with Marcia Takamura and James Jennings: Japanese traditional music by SOH member Shiho Kurauchi (koto), guest perfomer Marcia Takamura (shamisen) and guest performer James Jennings (shakuhachi). Tanabata story by SOH members Miho Smith (storyteller) and Shiho Kurauchi (koto and others). Tanabata songs by SOH member Fumi Tagata (soprano).


Koto into Jazz by Chris Kenji Beer: I will play variations of classical Japanese Koto music on the piano with a western jazz twist. I will also play nature- inspired instrumental piano songs I wrote, including award winning originals.









Mini Stage Schedule


Saturday, July 8th

Stage 1
Tea Ceremony Demonstration 茶道
by Chanoyu Seattle Omotesenke-Ryu 茶の湯シアトル表千家流
11:00 a.m. ~ 11:45 a.m. ~ 12:45 p.m. ~ 1:45 p.m. ~ 3:45 p.m. ~
Stage 2
Ikebana Demonstration 生け花
by Ikebana International Seattle #19
1:00 p.m. ~ 2:00 p.m.
Bonsai Demonstration 盆栽
by Puget Sound Bonsai Association
3:00 p.m. ~ 4:00 p.m.



Sunday, July 9th

Stage 1
Tea Ceremony Demonstration 茶道
by Chado Urasenke Tankokai Seattle Association 裏千家淡交会シアトル協会
11:40 a.m. ~ 1:00 p.m. ~ 2:00 p.m. ~ 2:45 p.m. ~ 3:45 p.m. ~
Stage 2
Bonsai Demonstration 盆栽
by Puget Sound Bonsai Association
1:00 p.m. ~ 2:00 p.m.
Ikebana Demonstration 生け花
by Ikebana International Seattle #19
3:00 p.m. ~ 4:00 p.m.




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