Sep 3rd (Mon) 2018
11 am ~3 :30 pm
Venue: Basque Center
601 W Grove St, Boise
Listen to Our Japan Day 2018
Audio files courtesy of Rick Hannon Photography
- 01 Taki Nobori.mp3
- 02 Kodomo Bayashi.mp3
- 03 Tokachi Umauta.mp3
- 04 Natsu no Yamauta.mp3
- 05 Miyama Higurashi.mp3
- 06 Gekko Roteki ~ The Moonlight Songflute.mp3
- 07 Sakura Sakura ~Cherry Blossoms (by Tadao Sawai).mp3
- 08 Hana ~ Flowers (by Terumi Ohira).mp3
- 09 Kishagokko ~ Steam Engine Train (by Michio Miyagi).mp3
- 10 Emu.mp3
- 11 Haru no Umi ~ The Spring Seed.mp3
- 12 Itsudemo.mp3
- 13 Ashura by Rev. Mas Kodani (modified).mp3
- 14 Taiko Gassen.mp3
Fujima Shunojo earned his professional name at an early age. He opened his own school of
classical dance and taught for several years in Tokyo before coming to the United States;
first, on tour with a classical dance troupe, and later, permanently. For the past 40 years,
grandmaster Shunojo sensei has directed his own dance group in Chicago. And in 2011,
Grandmaster Fujima Shunojo received the Japan America Society Cultural Achievement Award for
his continuing work in traditional Japanese classical dance, and in 2013 he received the
Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation Award for his ongoing work in the United States
promoting Japanese culture through teaching and performing Japanese Classical Dance; in
addition to the annual recitals, Fujima Shunojo and his dancers perform for various civic
and cultural groups, colleges/universities and various festivals in and around the Chicago
and Mid-west area. Visit Fujima Shunojo.
Renowned koto player Mitsuki Dazai is a graduate of both Tokyo’s prestigious Kunitachi
College of Music, and of the Sawai Koto Institute, where she studied with the world-renowned
virtuoso Kazue Sawai, and received her certificate in koto instruction. Dazai moved to
Oregon in 2002, serving as a guest lecturer at universities in Oregon, as an artistic
director of new koto ensemble group, Oregon Koto-Kai (Japanese Koto Society of Oregon) and
touring throughout the US, Europe, South America and Japan.
In 2010, Dazai had featured on Oregon Art Beat, and released two CDs —Autumn, Music for solo
koto (2007), and Far Away…Romances for Koto (2010) in collaboration with Grammy nominated
composer Michael Hoppe. Her artistry is also featured on the album Shanti Samsara; World
Music for Environmental Consciousness, produced by Grammy Winning Composer, Ricky Kej.
In 2016, she was invited to 21C Music Festival in Toronto, Canada and played with Continuum
Larry Tyrrell is a
player, composer, recording artist and teacher who embodies the concept of transcultural
music. First discovering and composing for shakuhachi in the 1970s Tyrrell went on to devote
himself to mastering the instrument in the 1980s onward. He studied in Japan with two of the
greatest comtemporary masters of the instrument; Miyata Kohachiro and Yokoyama
From 1991 to 1994 he was composer-in-residence with the Okayama Hogaku
Ensemble, a performance group spcializing in new music for traditional instruments.
In 1994 he founded Moonbridge, an independent CD label
specializing in transcultural projects often featuring shakuhachi in differing musical
contexts and featuring releases in both the World Music and New Age categories.
He performs and teaches in the Portland, Oregon and
Seattle, Washington region. You can find performance and booking information here.
Kawa Taiko Team
Kawa Taiko was formed in Ontario, Oregon in February 2000 ignited by a performance by
Portland Taiko in Ontario in 1999. The group is self- taught, but various taiko masters from
Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and Pocatello have generously shared their expertise with KT
when they have visited the area. Members have also attended conferences in Seattle,
Vancouver BC, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Las Vegas for motivation, inspiration and to
advance their taiko skills.
Boise Shishimai team inherited the tradition from Noshiro
city in Akita, Japan.
The story was told "When a traveling performer became sick
in Noshiro city, he was nursed by the local villagers. When he recovered, he taught them the
The purpose of the dance is to vanquish demons and celebrate
the prosperity of the village.
Sanga Taiko Team
Sangha Taiko is part of the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple, a Shin Buddhist temple afiliated
with the Buddhist Churches of America and the Nishi Hongwanji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. The
playing of taiko drums not only serve to entertain but also to teach the Buddhist concepts
of ego-lessness and harmony. As we play, we listen to ourselves and we listen to each other.
In doing so, we step beyond the usual focus of individual concerns. The result is harmony.
There is harmony of spirit, energy, and sound. There is harmony of players, drums, and the
listener. The totality constitutes the practice of taiko.
Idaho kendo club led by Robert Stroud (Kendo Kyoshi 7-dan )
is a non-profit organization dedicated to the
promotion of Japanese fencing. They offer classes in
kendo and iaido for students of all ages. Kendo is a
fun activity that promotes physical, mental, and cultural learning. Idaho kendo club is a member of the Pacific Northwest Kendo Federation and All United States Kendo Federation.
Koryu Budo is a description of any Japanese martial art that
was founded prior to 1800. Their training is based on the traditional Densho (ancient
training scrolls) as well as the current Kuden (oral or direct training) through the last
living head of the ninja tradition, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi.
Aikido enbu, which is a special type of Aikido movement, will be performed by Aikido-
Arniskido Self-Defense Learning team, led by Rick Miller. The children's group will be performing "randori", which includes a mock knife attack
and sword katas. The adult group will perform a variety of Aikido moves, which in Japanese are called
"randoris", "7 saburie", and "Sanju ichi jo kata".
The focus of Treasure Valley School of Karate - Do is placed primarily on the "Do"
(pronounced doe), which is the way to live, think, and act in all aspects of life. This
approach not only offers an effective course in self - defense, but works to improve skills
in leadersip, honesty, goal setting, self - discipline, and academic excellence.
Boise Valley Judo Club
|11:45-12:00||Shishimai (Lion Dance)|
|12:20-12:30||Nihon Buyou (1)|
|12:30-12:50||-Take a Break-|
1:05 - 1:55
|Koto & Shakuhachi|
|2:00-2:05||Nihon Buyou (2)|
|2:05-2:15||-Take a Break-|
|3:10-3:15||50/50 Raffle Winner Announced|
|3:25-3:30||Nihon Buyou (3)|