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Japan Week 2018
San Francisco Japantown
San Francisco, CA
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A cultural festival featuring performances, workshops/demonstrations in San Francisco Japantown. Presented by GenRyu Arts in association with East and West Japan Center Mall.

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Japan Day
SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2018   11:45am-4:30pm  Post and Buchanan Streets, San Francisco Japantown

*Boxes: referencing the work of Japanese writer and political activist Kobe Abe, featuring musician/dancer Melody Takata, saxophonist Francis Wong, tuba player William Roper of Los Angeles, bassist, shamisen, taiko artist and film maker Tatsu Aoki of Chicago and Grandmaster of the nagata (kabuki style) shamisen Chizuru Kineya of Tokyo.
Tateuchi Auditorium - SF Japantown 1830 Sutter St, SF, CA 94115
3 performances Friday June 29th 8pm, Saturday June 30th 1 pm and 8pm.

*Toyoaki Workshop
Artist: Sanjuro Toyoaki
It is rare to find someone who has direct lineage and working knowledge of Ozashiki (Geisha) music. This workshop will give a firsthand experience of geisha music. The important idea of incorporating improvisation into Ozashiki music rather than following a set score for the entire performance is a key idea which will be explored, using music from the Toyoaki tradition.
Wednesday June 27th 6pm
Union Bank Community Room, Japan Center East Mall, 22 Peace Plaza, SF, CA

*Introduction to Nagauta Shamisen With Grand Master Chizuru Kineya (Tokyo)
Nagauta, which means "long song," will be explored in this workshop. Nagauta, considered to be the classical tradition of shamisen music, is played directly from scores which have been passed down for hundreds of years. Parts of Nagauta are used to accompany Kabuki plays, but the music can also be performed by itself. We will explore this classical tradition through the perspective and methods of the Kineya shamisen school.
Thursday, June 28th 6pm
Union Bank Community Room, Japan Center East Mall, 22 Peace Plaza, SF, CA

*Nihon Buyo (Japanese Classical Dance) With Fujima Ryu of Chicago
Fujima Yoshinojo is a Grandmaster in Japanese Classical dance from the Fujima school in Japan.
The first session will provide a basic introduction to the origins of Japanese Classical Dance, including an introduction to movement and character/gender based movement as applied in the art form.
The second session (attendance at first session is required) will focus on hand movements and dancing with a partner. Please wear lose comfortable clothing, yukata is not required, but recommended (workshop time will not be spent on dressing,. Please come dressed and ready to begin) Tabi is not required, but recommended (clean white socks are acceptable).
Saturday, June 30th 12pm & 6pm
Union Bank Community Room, Japan Center East Mall, 22 Peace Plaza, SF, CA

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San Francisco Japantown (View)
San Francisco, CA 94115
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