Tag Archives: Taiko

Redwood City Lunar New Year Celebration – Redwood City, 2/4/12

Redwood City Lunar New Year Festival

“Join us for this Asian celebration of change and the Year of the Dragon! Lion Dancers, Red Panda Acrobats, Martial Arts, Kids Arts & Zodiac Themed Crafts, Food, Inflatable Playland & More! FREE!

The San Mateo County Historical Museum program will include:

* Free Admission to the History Museum (All day) Children’s Crafts in the Rotunda will include activities such as a miniature dragon kites and lucky red envelopes,
* Listen to the Erhu – traditional Chinese version of the violin, performed by Ms. Mei Xuan, an Erhu virtuoso
* Short talk given by Mr. Nan Su, New Tang Dynasty TV (Channel 32) news commentator.
* Chinese Classical Arts presentation”

Oshogatsu Family Festival – 1/8/12, LA

Oshogatsu JANM

“FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY!

Ring in the New Year and the Year of the Dragon with fun arts ‘n crafts, food, and exciting cultural activities and performances.”

Some highlights: Mochitsuki (traditional mochi pounding ceremony), shi shi mai (traditional lion dance) and taiko performance, onigiri contest, dragon sculpture candy, and zaru soba!

  • WHERE: Japanese American National Museum
    369 East First Street, Los Angeles California 90012
  • WHEN: Sunday, 1/8/12, 11am-5pm
  • HOW MUCH: FREE!
  • MORE INFO: http://www.janm.org/events/2012/01/#08

Higashi Honganji Obon Festival – LA, 7/30/11-7/31/11

Higashi Honganji Obon Festival

“OBON is a traditional event to honor and express gratitude to the spirits of our ancestors, those before us who provided us with the gift of life.

The Obon Festival is held as a celebration of the return of the spirits of our ancestors. The festival features delicious food, games, farmers market, flower market, tea ceremony demonstrations, traditional Bon Odori Dancing, and taiko drummers, musical groups, and plenty of entertainment all day.

Entertainment – The 2011 entertainment lineup will include happyfunsmile, Local Mojo, hereandnow, TAIKOPROJECT and many others.

Saturday, July 30
MC – Shin Ito
2:00 Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko
2:30 Fujima Kansei Odori Kai
3:00 hereandnow
3:30 TAIKOPPROJECT
4:15 Bodhi Tree
5:00 Bombu/Kitsune Taiko
6:00 Manto-e Service
6:15 happyfunsmile
6:30 Bon Odori

Sunday, July 31
MC – Shin Ito
Guest MC – Rodney Kageyama
1:30 Gwendolyn Band
2:00 Kinnara Taiko
2:30 Lumbini Child Development
3:00 Local Mojo
4:00 Higashi Zumba Demo
4:20 Somen Eating Contest
4:30 Bombu/Kitsune Taiko
5:30 happyfunsmile
6:00 Manto-e Service
6:30 Bon Odori”

  • WHERE: Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple
    505 E. Third St.
    Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • WHEN: Saturday/Sunday, 7/30/11-7/31/11, 12pm (noon)-9pm
  • HOW MUCH: FREE
  • MORE INFO: http://hhbt-la.org/?p=992

San Jose Betsuin Obon Festival 2011 – San Jose, 7/9/11-7/10/11

San Jose Betsuin Obon Festival

Another Obon festival!

“Obon Food booths: Udon (noodles), Strawberry Shortcake, Sushi, Manju, Chicken Teriyaki, Imagawa Yaki, Gyoza, Tempura, Beef Teriyaki, Chicken Ramen Salad, Nigiri Sushi

Game Booths: Whiffle Toss, Treasure Chest, Grab Bag, Bear Toss, Hoop-la, Ping Pong Toss, Tic Tac Toe, Add ’em Up, Duck Scoop, Color Spot, Ring Toss, Nickel Toss, Milk Can, Basketball Toss, Golf (Putting), Bingo, Pull Tabs”

  • WHERE: San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
    640 North 5th Street
    San Jose, California
  • WHEN: Saturday, 7/9/11, 11:30am – 10pm
    Sunday, 7/10/11, 11:30am – 8pm
  • HOW MUCH: FREE
  • MORE INFO: http://www.sjbetsuin.com/Events/Obon2011

Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Obon Festival – LA, 7/9/11 – 7/10/11

Hompa Hongwanji Obon Festival

“A festival with ethnic foods, games, BINGO, cultural exhibits, martial arts demonstrations, folk dancing (public invited to participate).
Stage Entertainment: MC Rodney Kageyama…. Nishi Center Kids, Ha-Aloha Polynesian Dancers, LA Matsuri Daiko, Jerry Kamei Jazz Band, San Fernando Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Choir, Music by Sunset Silhouette, Matsutoyo Kai, Taiko Project, Nippon Minyo Hoshuju Kai, Miyuki Matsunaga (geta dancer)”

Annual Obon Festival – San Fernando Valley, 6/25/11-6/26/11

Obon Festival

“Delicious foods such as Udon, Teriyaki , Sushi, Chinese Chicken Salad, and Fresh Roasted Corn on the Cob, Gyoza, Chili Rice, baked goods are some of the foods which will be available for purchase.
Demonstrations of Judo, Karate, Kendo and Tea Ceremony will be held. Festival-type games, exhibits of calligraphy/Sumi-E, and schoolwork completed by Japanese School Students will be featured on both days. As a special treat, LA Matsuri Taiko will be giving a special performance/demonstration during the Ondo break on Saturday.
After the demonstrations, please join in the Bon Odori dances. Bon dances are dances of joy so age or looks or experience should not inhibit anyone from entering the circle of dancers!”

Special Taiko Performance – SF, 6/22/11

Special Taiko Performance

“Please join us on WEDNESDAY-June 22nd for a special taiko performance by the Members of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force sailing on the training vessel ‘Kashima’ which will dock at Pier 27 in the Port of San Francisco.”

TAIKOPROJECT Rhythmic Relations 2011 – LA, 6/25/11

TAIKOPROJECT Rhythmic Relations 2011

“One of the most innovative ensembles in the American taiko scene, TAIKOPROJECT demonstrates versatility and artistic vision that places the group among the finest the U.S. has to offer. Collaborating with the eminent Ryutaro Kaneko, former Artistic Director of Kodo and known himself as a consummate artist, the JACCC and TAIKOPROJECT is excited to present an outdoor concert on the iconic JACCC Plaza.

TAIKOPROJECT’s Rhythmic Relations 2011, also featuring Bombu Taiko, Kitsune Taiko, and Loma Pacific Taiko, promises to be a magnificent performance, showcasing the depth of taiko’s power, finesse, and creativity.”

  • WHERE: JACCC Plaza
    244 S. San Pedro Street, Suite 505, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • WHEN: Saturday, 6/25/11, 2pm & 7:30pm
  • HOW MUCH: $35 Premium, $30 General; $30/$25 for JACCC Members
  • MORE INFO: http://jaccc.org/taikoproject.php

Nuchi du Takara Memorial Commemoration of Battle of Okinawa – SF, 6/18/11

“Please join this event commemorating the 1945 Battle of Okinawa. Ceremony with Reverend Ronald Nakasone. Performances by Nakayoshi (Okinawan singing) group, Genyukai (Okinawan sanshin 3 string lute music), Colin Ehara (spoken word), Alton Chung (storytelling), special collaboration between Kinuko Mototake (Okinawan dance), Wesley Ueunten (sanshin), Melody Takata (taiko) and Francis Wong (saxophone). A premiere screening of the Nuchi du Takara Oral History Project will follow in the NJAHS Peace Gallery.”

Dragons and Drum – Pasadena, 6/17/11

Dragons and Drum

“Enjoy Taiko drums, paddle a dragon boat, and make your own dragon to bring home! DJ Tony Cheung will be spinning in the courtyard and gourmet food trucks Dumpling Station and The Sweets Truck will be in the parking lot.”