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Growing Up Sansei by the Grateful Crane Ensemble - San Jose Show
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
San Jose, CA
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2 SHOWS: SJ Japantown (10/21) and SF Japantown (10/22)

Just the mention of a Japanese American Dysfunctional Family Play has brought smiles and laughter from Baby Boomer Sansei who grew up in a uniquely JA family environment.

Why is this so? What is it about growing up Sansei and family dysfunction that brings immediate recognition from those who were there to experience it?

These questions and more will be addressed in Soji Kashiwagis new comedy/drama, Garage Door Opener. In the play, we meet Glenn and Sharon Tanaka, a Sansei brother and sister faced with the daunting task of cleaning out their parents garage and house after they passed away. As they sift through dozens of empty tofu containers, kamaboko boards and broccoli rubber bands, Glenn and Sharon begin to uncover items from their past that they knew nothing about, and in the process, begin to gain a better understanding of their parents and themselves by the items their mom and dad left behind.

After the reading, Dr. Satsuki Ina, an expert on Japanese American family dynamics, will facilitate a dialogue
about the play with Soji Kashiwagi, and answer questions about issues such as the World War II internment camp experience and its after-effects on the Nisei, Sansei and subsequent generations; not bringing shame on the family; and decluttering ones life of both
emotional and physical baggage.

A special performance by Grateful 4, an a capella group composed of Yonsei, fourth-generation Japanese Americans, provides the voice of younger generations and the future.

The Grateful Crane Ensemble, Inc. is a non-profit theater group whose mission is to present educational and theatrical programs in appreciation for the unique hardships and inspiring contributions of Japanese Americans in our countrys history.

The Bay Area Premiere is being co-sponsored by the Buddhist Church of San Francisco ( and the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin ( Both are located in historic Japantowns.
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San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin (View)
640 N. 5th Street
San Jose, CA 95112
United States

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Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Buddhist Church of San Francisco
On BPT Since: Oct 17, 2014
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
(408) 293-9292

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