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Bellevue World TAIKO Festival 2014 ~ Main Concert ~
Bellevue Performing Arts Center (@ Bellevue High School)
Bellevue, WA
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Thank you for your interest in our first " Bellevue World TAIKO Festival "

The tickets of Main Concert at October 18th was "SOLD OUT"!
Please think about for joining "Kids Family Concert " which held at next day, Sunday, October 19th.
It will be made for the kids who 2 years old and up with 60 min program by " Yu Imafuku" and "Imafukuza" as a main performer and Youth team of The School of TAIKO. ( NO Chinook Middle School, Bellevue High School, Seattle Kokon Taiko and CHIKIRI)
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Japan Creative Arts

~ Moving the World ! ~ Bellevue World Taiko Festival 2014

Taiko, art of drumming from Japan with an increasing number of fans all over the world.
In the United States, Taiko began its popularity in San Francisco. After provided the concerts of world renowned Taiko Group "Ondekoza" throughout the US in the late 70's, the popularity quickly spread all over the entire nation. Currently there are over 300 groups in US and Taiko has served as a gateway to sparking the interests in Japanese culture and customs.
Japan Creative Arts began in October of 2009 in the Seattle/Bellevue area with the purpose of spreading and sharing the rich and profound Japanese culture, starting with the Taiko, and promoting mutual understanding of cultures through music. Our Taiko School currently has about 100 students from age four to sixty.
We will be holding the Bellevue World Taiko Festival in hopes that we will be able to share a higher level of Japanese Culture through guest performers from Japan and make a tight relationship in community. We hope that we can share an under-standing that goes beyond words, and become one through music.
The strength, elegance and sound of the Taiko that resonates in our hearts, serves as the core for this festival, and we hope that through the festival more and more people will have the opportunity deepen their interest in Japan.


A portion of ticket sales and donations will purchase drums for Tohoku

The Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, caused unimaginable damage in Tohoku.  Even now, the effects can be felt throughout the region, and a full recovery is still a long way off.
In cooperation with Bellevue College, The School of Taiko held a fundraising event on May 11 , 2011, called "ACT for JAPAN", and was able to donate $4,200 to Peace Winds America for reconstruction efforts.  This money supported local infrastructures directly after the earthquake, but now that three years have passed, there is still a long list of ways in which the area needs support.  One important issue is how to support the education of children affected by the disaster.  We have decided to help the schools that lost their ability to learn music because of the disaster by providing them with taiko drums and, eventually, a variety of traditional Japanese instruments.  A portion of ticket sales and donations will be used to purchase drums for Tohoku schools in need.


Main Guest performer from Japan

Yu Imafuku

Kagura is a traditional folklore-based Japanese music and dance entertainment which development in the area of the Izumo Taisha : Japanese one of biggest healing spots.
Yu Imafuku is leading expert for building the foundation for Japanese Taiko as the stage performance that is currently loved all around the world.
Born in Hikimi-cho of Shimane Prefecture which is famous with Iwami Kagura. He began the Kagura at his very young age . In his age 24, he joined the group "ONDEKOZA": world renowned Taiko group and performed in all over the world for spreading Japanese Taiko Drumming throughout the world. With both experience made him to the very famous performer who have mixed the Kagura and Taiko Drumming and has produced various works and arrangements for the stage.
As highlight, he made the collaboration with "Bolero" and "Kagura" by choreography by Susan Buirge who is fa-mous choreographer born in Minneapolis. Also, he was invited as special guest for the "Tokyo Aoyama Kenbunroku" which is allowed to join for only top class performers for five years. Furthermore he have made the several stage with Mr. Fujimoto who is leader of the "KODO" : world most renowned Taiko Group , invited as a special guest to Asano Taiko US Opening Party with main members of KODO. In recent years has held concerts titled, "The World of Imafuku Yu" in foreign countries such as France, Austria, Canada and Morocco.
At the concert in Bellevue World Taiko Festival , he is planning a Taiko performance mainly focused in the Kagura with his group members ; Ai Suenaga and Eri Domoto .

Most newest Pro-Taiko Group based in Bellevue produced by Ringtaro Tateishi


CHIKIRI is a butterfly joint used in woodworking; it holds two pieces of wood togeth-er. Similarly, this group will achieve the goal of joining People, Artists and Cultures together from all over the world through music.
One of their founder, Ringtaro Tateishi is the world class professional Taiko Drummer and Composer who is Artistic Director of The School of TAIKO which providing various Musical programs based in Bellevue / Seattle to mainly Northwest Area.
He is former member of the ONDEKOZA for 10 years and performed at EPCOT / Walt Disney World for 7 years daily. As the artistic director of ONDEKOZA, he visited over 26 countries and held over 1,000 performances including accomplished "U.S.A. Running Tour"; Over a 3 year period, running 20 -30 miles a day for ran the whole distance of the perimeter of the United States, and performed 356 times at various places around the country, including four concerts at CARNEGIE HALL.
CHIKIRI is formed by his partner Asako who is the player of Taiko &Tsugaru Shamisen and his son, Sohshun as permanent members. Asako also performed at EPCOT / Walt Disney World and co-founder of the School of TAIKO.

Special Collaboration with

Bellevue High School Band & Chinook Middle School band and Taiko Masters
This is very special encounter with Music Students in USA and Japanese Taiko Masters.
By leading with the skillful teachers , Mr. Edd George from Bellevue High School and Mr. Todd Mahaffey from Chinook Middle School, we will create one new world of the sounds.

Seattle Kokon Taiko

Seattle Kokon Taiko is a performing group based in the local Japanese American community. SKT traces its roots to the Seattle Taiko Group, which formed in April 1980 following a dynamic performance by Ondekoza at the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival.
Through taiko, they contribute to the development of a uniquely Japanese American art form ,Japanese in origin, American in expression.

The Schedule for Bellevue World Taiko Festival 2014

Main Concert at Bellevue Performing Arts Center  (Bellevue High School)
    Saturday, October 18, 2014   Open  17:30   Start 18:30
         Adults    $25
         Students  $15

Kids Family Concert at Bellevue Highland Community Center
(This program is created for kids 2 years old  ~ kindergarten for 60 minutes)
   Sunday, October 19, 2014     Open 12:30   Start 13:00
        Adults    $10
        Kids; 2 years old ~kindergarten  $5

Workshop 1 for "Utsu Hachijo" at Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall
 (This workshop for only "Utsu-Hachijo" player )
    Thursday, October 16, 2014     Start  19:00
         Adults    $35                                                                                
         Students  $25
Workshop 2 for "Traditional Kagura Movements" at  Bellevue Highland Community Center
    Sunday, October 19, 2014       Start  15:00
         Adults    $35
         Students  $25

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Bellevue Performing Arts Center (@ Bellevue High School) (View)
10416 SE Wolverine Way
Bellevue, WA 98004
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