February 28, 2012

Upcoming: Free Events - Nihon Buyo!

This is for people south of the Seattle area, but I wonder if there are similar events being held in your area. Many places are doing a large number of Japanese events in March in memorial to last year's great earthquake and tsunami, and in remembrance of the 70th anniversary of the internment of Japanese America citizens. Please check out your local websites for events in your area: Consulate General of Japan, Japan America Society, public libraries, Asian Cultural Centers, Nikkei Associations, and Japanese church/Buddhist groups are all great resources to check out.

Pierce County libraries are doing a series of free Japanese and Chinese activities in the month of March. You can see the full information pamphlet here, but I thought my readers would be particularly interested in this event:

Japanese Dance and Music with Mary Ohno of the Kabuki Academy
The Kabuki Academy teaches a wide variety of Japanese arts, from kimono dressing, Nihon Buyo, shamisen, and Japanese makeup. If you've been wanting to look into the Kabuki Academy and the courses they offer, this is a great opportunity to meet the instructor and get information, and try out Japanese dance to see if you would wish to pursue full instruction.

March 11, 2012, Sunday, at 2pm
University Place Pierce County Library
3609 Market Place W. Suite 100
Tacoma, WA 98466

Kabuki Academy website
Library Event Pamphlet
Facebook Event Page

Here are some more of the Japan related free activities you may be interested in:

Treasure Trunk
Japanese relics presentation by the Asia Pacific Cultural Center. This sounds interesting, I wonder what kind of things they will show. Maybe museum or cultural items? I may go to this just to see what it is about.

March 10, 2012, Saturday, 11am
Buckley Pierce County Library
123 S. River Ave.
Buckley, WA 98321

Asia Pacific Cultural Center's page regarding they Treasure Trunk Program
Library Event Pamphlet
Facebook Event Page

Tea Ceremony
Appears to be about learning the history of tea ceremony, but there possibly may be a demonstration. They require registration for this event.

March 10, 2012, Saturday, 2pm
DuPont Pierce County Library
1540 Wilmington Dr.
DuPont, WA 98327
Click here to register
Current availabilly as of 2/28/12: 9

March 13, 2012, Tuesday, 6:30pm
Lakewood Pierce County Library
6300 Wildaire Rd. SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Click here to register
Current availability as of 2/28/12: 17

APCC's page of other Asian tea events
Library Event Pamphlet
March 10th Facebook Event Page
March 13th Facebook Event Page

Taiko Drumming
with One World Taiko! One World Taiko does a lot of events in the Seattle area, and all over the world. I recently saw them when I participated in the Seattle Kimono de Jack, they performed in the lobby as guests left the concert hall after the Celebrate Asia concert.

March 31, 2012, Saturday, 2pm
Longbranch Improvement Club
4312 Key Peninsula Highway S.
Lakebay, WA 98349

One World Taiko's website
Library Event Pamphlet
Facebook Event Page

Check out the pamphlet for more activities, including origami and sumie ink painting.

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