Announcement: Chimugukuru: The Soul of Okinawan Dance

Ryusei Honryu Ryuko Kai Presents
The Soul of Okinawan Dance
Dance performance from the school of Kaishu Toguchi Mitsuko
Ryubu Kenkyusho and guest dancers from Okinawa
Date: December 1, 2007 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Hawaii Okinawa Center
Admission: Free (Complimentary tickets available)

You know the drill by now, if you’re interested in tickets contact me at karakuipress[@]gmail[.]com. 😉

Announcement: TOBE! Uta Sanshin 2007 in Hawaii

On Tuesday, November 27, Ryukyu Koten Afuso Ryu Ongaku Kenkyu Choichi Kai and Afuso Ryu Gensei Kai Hawaii Shibu will present the 14th annual TOBE! Uta Sanshin 2007 in Hawaii and Afuso Ryu Gensei Kai 80th Anniversary Commemorative Performance. The evening show will be held at the Hawaii Theatre and will be the only performance in the State of Hawaii.

This special joint performance will feature over 30 Okinawa and 50 Hawaii performing artists. National Living Treasure of Japan, Choichi Terukina Sensei, Master of classical Okinawan sanshin in the Afuso style of music, along with top Okinawan Dance Masters, Setsuko Tamagusuku, Hideko Tamagusuku, Yoshiko Tanita, and Mieko Kinjo Senseis, will share their talents in traditional and contemporary music and dance pieces.

Please email me at karakuipress[@]gmail[.]com if you’re interested in purchasing tickets for this concert.

In Hawaii: Hanayakara, Ryusei Daiko & Naha Daiko

The girls of the group Hanayakara are so cute and talented that they could possibly be thought of as the Okinawan version of the popular J-pop group Morning Musume. Hanayakara will be performing in Hawaii at 2pm on Friday (8/31/07) at the Ala Moana Shopping Center’s Centerstage and at 4:05pm on Saturday (9/1/07) at the Okinawan Festival.

Also performing at the Okinawan Festival will be eisaa groups Ryusei Daiko (Sat. 9/1/07 at 4:50pm) and Naha Daiko (Sat. 9/1/07 at 3pm and Sun. 9/2/07 at 5:10pm).

Isshin – Of One Heart

Okay, I blogged about this joint (dance and taiko) concert a while back ago at and also at the ol’ before I “accidentally” killed it (don’t ask). This’ll be the first for this blog tho’.

ISSHINOf One Heart

A concert featuring classical, contemporary and avant garde Okinawan dance and taiko

Leeward Community College Theatre
Saturday, February 17, 2007
7:00 PM

Presented by:
Jimpu Kai USA, Kin Ryosho Ryukyu Geino Kenkyusho
Hawaii Taiko Kai

Ticket Price: $20, open seating
For tickets and information, please contact:

mmaechung[at]wmconnect[dot]com – Jimpu Kai, USA
hawaiitaikokai[at]yahoo[dot]com – Hawaii Taiko Kai

My friend who is a member of Cheryl Sensei’s dance troupe said that they’re almost sold-out of tickets so you better get ’em quick! (That includes me too. 😉 )