Entertainers

Okinawa Kenjin-Kai (OKK) Taiko Drumming Troupe

OKK Taiko practices a style of Taiko (drumming) called Eisa; a distinct form of Taiko originating from the island of Okinawa. Eisa Taiko draws is roots from traditional Okinawan dance, music, and Karate. Unlike the more well-known Japanese Taiko, Eisa Taiko is an acrobatic dance routine with energizing...

Mochi Pounding

“MOCHITSUKI” Traditional Japanese Mochi-Pounding Ceremony. While eaten year-round, mochi is a traditional food served during Japanese New Year and is commonly sold and eaten during that time. Shoichi Sugiyama of Bellevue, a native of Japan, is a mochi-pounding expert who performs at community and corporate events throughout the Puget Sound region....

Live Calligraphy Performance by Chiyo Sanada

Pacific Northwest artist Chiyo Sanada, originally from Hiroshima, Japan, began training in calligraphy at age seven. She earned her degree in Japanese calligraphy from Hiroshima Bunkyo Women's University. Chiyo creates her art from her home studio in Olympia WA. Her work is featured in galleries...

River Ridge High School Taiko

River Ridge High School in Lacey has a strong Japanese language program and a diverse student population. Before starting their Taiko ensemble, interest was very high in the existing taiko drum that was built for a piece of concert music that the band performed in...

Yelm P.O.P.S. Choir

Choir Director Naoko Sokolik will lead the young students of Yelm's P.O.P. Choir as they sing “Sakura, Sakura” accompanied by Joe Sokolik on cello.  ...

St. Martin’s University Soran Bushi

"Soran Bushi" is based on a famous song traditionally sung by Japanese fishermen. This unique dance style dates back generations. The dance moves depict ocean waves, fishermen dragging nets, rowing and pulling ropes.    ...

Kabuki Dance Academy

Kabuki Academy Performance Troupe: Classical Japanese Dance Mary Mariko Ohno, director of KABUKI ACADEMY teaches Japanese classical dance, shamisen, and general concepts of Kabuki Arts at Tacoma Community College, Seattle Central Community College and in her Tacoma studio. The group will give a half-hour performance and...