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Bellevue World TAIKO Festival 2014 ~ Kids Family Concert ~
Bellevue Highland Community Center
Bellevue, WA
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Fun Family Concert on Sunday
by IMAFUKUZA : Guest Performer from Japan

Presented by Japan Creative Arts
Co-presented by Seattle Mama Net

This program is created for kids, mainly for 2 year old to kindergarten and their families.

In this concert, you can enjoy the entertaining performance for kids & their family in relaxed atmosphere.It will make you big smiley face with full of fun!
Also, you can enjoy the performance by the youth group " Team RYU ~dragon ~".

Please note:
* The program of Yu Imafuku & Imafukuza will be made for little kids in this concert and different with main concert.

* Under 2 years old who is sibling of the kid with ticket will be joined. Please keep them on your lap during the concert.

*NO Chinook Middle School, Bellevue High School, Seattle Kokon Taiko and CHIKIRI )

Also, please think about joining our Mailing List for getting more Taiko / Japanese Culture information from now on.
You can subscribe from the web-site of The School of TAIKO.

We are looking forward to seeing you then!
Thank you!

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.

Bring Taiko back to Tohoku!

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 provid-ing 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 .

Team RYU ~dragon~

Team RYU  ~dragon~ is formed as the experienced youth students  group of The School of TAIKO in 2012.

Most of them started Taiko in their 7 years old.  By continuing the weekly one hour lesson, their skill and Taiko mind are growing up for make the big motion and the dynamic sounds on the stage.

You will be enjoy their powerful sounds in Sunday, Family Concert.

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 Highland Community Center (View)
14224 Bel-Red Road
Bellevue, WA 98007
United States

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