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“Echos of Uchina Deeku (Taiko) in Hawaii”

WHO/WHAT: Mitsufumi Ryu Taiko celebrates its 50th anniversary in Hawai‘i with an Okinawan taiko performance. Master instructor Terry Higa-Sensei has led Mitsufumi Taiko Kai of Hawaii since 1990. The performance also celebrates the auspicious...
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The “Japanese Turn” in U.S. Fine Dining

WHO/WHAT: Pomona College history professor and Kailua native Dr. Samuel Yamashita talks about the marriage of French and Japanese cuisine. The movement began in the 1970s when Japanese chefs began training with nouvelle cuisine...
'Tobe! UTA Sanshin New York Preview Performance'

“Tobe! UTA Sanshin” New York Preview Performance

WHO/WHAT: Carnegie Hall . . . Here they come! Afuso Ryu Gensei Kai Hawaii will present a preview performance of the Okinawan koten (classical) and minyo (folk) music and dance numbers they will perform...
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“Taste of Hongwanji” and Spring Bazaar

WHO/WHAT: Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin presents its annual “Taste of Hongwanji” and Spring Bazaar featuring foods such as beef stew, fried noodles, sushi rolls, KC Waffle Dogs, shave ice and baked goods. Other highlights:...
Theatre poster with text 'August at Akiko's', which was first published in International Film Festival 2018

“August at Akiko’s” at Consolidated Kahala

WHO/WHAT: The made-in-Hawai‘i indie film, which debuted at the 2018 Hawaii International Film Festival, tells the story of musician/actor Alex Zhang Hungtai’s search for his grandparent’s home on the Big Island and the unlikely...
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“Kabuki in Hawaii 2019”

WHO/WHAT: “Kabuki in Hawaii 2019” will feature descendants of the legendary Nakamura family. Nakamura Shikan III and his three sons — Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Fukunosuke and Nakamura Utanosuke — will stage “Renjishi” and also...
Group 'On Ensemble', featuring: Shoji Kameda, Masato “Maz” Baba, Eien Hunter-Ishikawa and Abe Lagrimas Jr.

“On Ensemble”: Contemporary Taiko

WHO/WHAT: On Ensemble, made up of Shoji Kameda, Masato “Maz” Baba, Eien Hunter-Ishikawa and Abe Lagrimas Jr., will make its O‘ahu debut in a performance that infuses taiko with jazz, rock and Central Asian...
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Koganji Temple 2019 Spring Bazaar

WHO/WHAT: Koganji Temple’s Spring Bazaar will feature collectibles, housewares, gently used clothing, accessories, furniture, books, toys and more. Yummy baked goods, jams, jellies and Koganji Temple’s signature sauces will also be available for purchase. WHEN/WHERE:...
Black and white photo of three Japanese American boys in Manzanar Relocation Center by Prolific California Photographer, Toyo Miyatake

“Toyo: Behind the Glass Eye” Exhibit

WHO/WHAT: The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center will present the Hawai‘i premiere of “TOYO: Behind the Glass Eye,” an exhibition of photographs by the prolific California photographer Toyo Miyatake. An issei from Kagawa Prefecture, he...
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Hakuoh University Handbell Choir Concerts

WHO/WHAT: The Hakuoh University Handbell Choir from Tochigi Prefecture will present four public concerts in Honolulu during its 28th goodwill visit. The choir, which is directed by its founder, Professor Hirotaka Arai, has the...

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