Event: Special Eisa Concert: Naha Daiko & Chinagu Eisa Hawaii with Singer Ikeda Suguru

Chinagu Eisa Hawaii is a local eisa drum group that I have been a fan of for some time. They perform a contemporary style of eisa. The symbol of the group is the kanji “kizuna,” which means strong emotional bonds. For the group, it represents the connection between generations of drummers, between Okinawa and Hawaii, between East and West, and the connection that you have with your culture as an individual.

The group formed in 2008 and first performed with their sister group, Naha Daiko of Naha City, at the 2010 Okinawa Festival and have sent students to train in Okinawa with them. Naha Daiko is a professional eisa group from Okinawa.

Saturday, September 8, 2012 (2:00pm and 6:00pm) at Mamiya Theatre

(via Shari T.)

Event: Washita Ichiman | Our Itoman: Okinawan Songs and Dance

Two shows (2:30 PM and 7:30 PM) on Saturday, 9 June 2012, at the Doris Duke Theatre (Honolulu, Hawaii). Tickets can be purchased online at the Honolulu Museum of Arts’ website:

The cultural heritage of the 500-year-old Okinawan fishing village Itoman comes to life when Ukwanshin Kabudan presents Washita Ichiman: Our Itoman. Tomoko Uehara (lead vocalist for Rinken Band) and dance master Atsuko Tamagusuku (founder of Udui Fukura dance company) make a rare appearance outside Japan to perform the songs and dances of their childhood.

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Also check out Tomoko Uehara’s music available on iTunes.

Concert: 3 Strings, Songs of Okinawa

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Mr. Choichi Terukina, recognized as a Living National Treasure of Japan for his performance of Classical Okinawan music as known as Ryukyu Koten, will take the stage on Saturday, March 19, at 7:00 pm at the Center for Early Education’s Community Center, 563 North Alered Street, West Hollywood, CA 90048, to introduce the recently formed Choichi Kai Los Angeles, the inaugural branch of his sanshin studio in Los Angeles.

The concert program, “3 Strings, Songs of Okinawa” will mark his first performance with the freshman in the Los Angeles studio. In addition to the Los Angeles group, members of the accomplished Afuso-ryu Gensei Kai Hawaii will join Mr. Terukina onstage.

Mr. Grant “Sandaa” Murata, a protégé of Mr. Terukina, and a recognized master of sanshin in his own right, fronts the list of accomplished Afuso-ryu Gensei Kai Hawaii sanshin players. […]

Read the full article at Cultural News.

Check out the Facebook page for more information.

Event: Live Yuimaru – Benefit Concert for Chantel Ikehara

Live Yuimaru: Benefit Concert for Chantel Ikehara on Saturday, April 3, 2010, at Jikoen Hongwanji (Hawaii) from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

In 2009, Chantel Ikehara won the 29th KZOO karaoke competition and now has the chance to compete in the “26th Annual NAK (Nippon Amateur Kayo Sai) Grand Prix Taikai” in Tokyo, Japan in May of this year. Only 15 years old, she will be among the youngest to compete in this prestigious amateur competition. Chantel, a member of Urizun Minyo Group, is a multitalented vocalist who also studies the guitar and keyboard. […]

In the spirit of Yuimaru, communities helping one another, Live Yuimaru is hosting a benefit concert to help Chantel on her journey. Saturday, April 3, 2010 at Jikoen Hongwanji from 10 am to 2 pm. Tickets are $25 (cost includes entertainment, bento and water). Email pigsfromthesea@gmail.com for more information.

We are raising funds to send Chantel on her first visit to Okinawa, where she can explore her roots and heritage. After costs, the monies raised will cover airfare, accommodations, transportation, omiyage and other costs. NOTE: Everyone has waived their fees and are volunteering their time to help Chantel out. […]

Download the poster for more info.

(Nifee deebitan to Shari for the info!)

Event: Tobe! Uta Sanshin 2010 in Hawaii

Tobe! Uta Sanshin 2010 in Hawaii charity concert for Hawaii Okinawa Center’s 20th anniversary. Concert takes place on Monday, March 29th at 7:00 PM. From the HUOA website:

We are pleased to announce that Terukina Sensei has chosen the Hawaii Okinawa Center to be the site of his 2010 Tobe Uta-sanshin in Hawaii! We are further humbled by his generosity to hold this concert to raise funds for the commemoration of the HOC’s 20th anniversary this year. The net proceeds of ticket sales for this concert will benefit the HUOA. Their donation will be designated for the Repair and Maintenance of our 20 year old Hawaii Okinawa Center. Terukina Sensei is coordinating the program for this engagement with his Hawaii Chapter President, Grant Sandaa Murata Sensei. The program will feature the Chapter’s members from Oahu many of whom have studied directly under Terukina Sensei and successfully competed and attained various awards in Okinawa.

Ticket information can be found on HUOA’s website: http://j.mp/d1czzn.

Download the flyer (PDF) here.

H&MC to perform at Sakura-Con 2010 – Tokyograph

JapanFiles.com has announced that HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR will be a musical guest at Sakura-Con 2010. This will be their first overseas performance since they added their new vocalist HALCA earlier this year.

HALCA joined the group to replace their former vocalist Maki, who left in October 2008 to marry DREAMS COME TRUE’s Masato Nakamura.

The Sakura-Con 2010 convention is being held on April 2-4, 2010, in Seattle, Washington.

(Via Tokyograph.)