SoCal Japanese Americans anticipate joyful summer celebrations

LOS ANGELES — Japanese Americans in Southern California are gearing up for a summer of festivals — both the Buddhist Obon observances and secular summer celebrations — that include dancing and carnivals. Obon is a traditional Japanese Buddhist event to honor and thank one’s ancestors for the gift of life. The meaning of Obon, according […]

Central Valley summer festivals

Marysville Buddhist Church The Marysville Buddhist Church’s summer highlight is its Obon festival. According to the Marysville Buddhist Church’s Website, the church was officially established on April 1, 1908. However, since then, its congregation, and attendance for the church’s summer events, have also decreased. According to part-time church Secretary Joyce Nakatsu, “One hundred-something” people participate […]

A tribute to pioneers of taiko movement in U.S., PJ and Roy Hirabayashi

PALO ALTO, Calif. — A merry group of people enjoyed food, drinks and taiko while they reminisced with San Jose Taiko’s founders, PJ and Roy Hirabayashi, on a beautiful summer’s eve Aug. 21 at Stanford University. The party offered an opportunity for old and new friends to unwind after the 2011 North American Taiko Conference […]

Berkeley Buddhist Temple’s annual bazaar and festival May 21-22

BERKELEY — The Berkeley Buddhist Temple will hold its 62nd annual Satsuki Bazaar and Arts Festival on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 at 2121 Channing Way. The annual fundraiser will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. May 21, and noon to 7 p.m. May 22. June Kuramoto and Kimo Cornwell of the […]

NJAHS honors those who made ‘transformative’ contributions

The National Japanese American Historical Society’s (NJAHS) mission statement has changed since it began in 1981. In celebrating its 30th anniversary, NJAHS honored both the people it says have transformed the Japanese American cultural landscape, as well as the transformations the organization itself has experienced during the last three decades. NJAHS originated with a mission […]

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Kodo readies tour for Bay Area

Forty-five kilometers (28 miles) off the coast of Honshu in the Sea of Japan lies an island the size of New York City. Mountainous and sparsely populated, Sado-ga-shima preserves a rural lifestyle nearly gone from the urban mainland. Drawn by this setting, a group of idealistic students moved here in the 1970s to found a […]

Kanrin Maru committee looks to next 150 years of celebrating U.S.-Japan relationship

A small group of people gathered around the rotunda of San Francisco’s City Hall on the evening of Dec. 13 for the closing ceremonies of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Kanrin Maru, the first Japanese ship in the United States. Along with a message from Consul General of Japan in San Francisco […]

GenRyu Arts celebrates 15th anniversary with ‘Rabbit in the Moon’

Born in early summer, fireflies are summer bugs: they die before seeing the fallen leaves. The ephemeral summer bugs made a rare appearance at the Brava Theater in San Francisco’s Mission District, and lighted the theater with the sound of Japanese taiko drums. GenRyu Arts’ new performance, “Tsuki no Usagi,” or the Rabbit in the […]

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