Kashiwashi Minyo RenmeiDance/Performance
We, the Kashiwashi Minyo Renmei, are an organization founded by dance aficionados. We love traditional Japanese culture, Japanese dance, folk dance and contemporary dance. Based in Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture, we actively engage in a wide range of activities. This is our first entry in the Honolulu Festival. We are all looking forward to exchanging friendship with people in Hawaii through the joy of dancing. We��ll do our best to create many unforgettable memories.
Tsugaru No Saiten Hirosaki Neputa “SHOUKI”Dance/Performance
Neputa, which illuminates the summer sky of Tsugaru region with high spirits, will come back to the festival again this year. We will express what our homeland is like through our stage performances, exhibits, friendship exchange and participation in the grand parade. When you hear cheering voices of “Ya-Yado,” that means Neputa is making a grand entrance.
Lei Aloha AYAKO Hula HuiDance/Performance
The goal of the hula dance circle Lei Aloha Ayako Hula Hui is to enhance seniors wellbeing through the activity of dancing hula. We actively practice in our hometown Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture, and also in various neighboring communities.
We hope that you will enjoy the world of calligraphy; its artistic charm lies much deeper than just laying out simple words and letters.
Yamagata Minyo MutsumikaiDance/Performance
Yamagata Minyo Mutsumikai is a circle whose members gather to enjoy playing folk songs of the Akita Region on shamisen. Mastering shamisen is difficult, but we enjoy exchanging friendship and promoting mutual understanding between generations, from elementary students to 87-year-old seniors.
Our group, Asomikai, practices Taishogoto, Bunkakoto, Koto and Zenidaiko, and we are celebrating our 23rd year as a foundation. We are a big family of 250 members. Once or twice a month we practice in order to participate in regional cultural activities and events of any size, both inside and outside of Japan. We are seniors whose average age is 75, but our youthful minds always find excitement and enjoyment in every minute of our present life. We participate in the Honolulu Festival hoping to exchange friendship and establish strong and heartfelt ties with people we meet.
Saijo Iwaoka DanjiriDance/Performance
Among Saijo City’s 140 danjiri, mikoshi and taikodai, Iwaoka Danjiri has a long history and is particularly popular among its citizens. After a 10-year span during which it was hidden from view, the danjiri makes an appearance in the Honolulu Festival. Men who know what Saijo Matsuri and Danjiri are all about move like wild animals and carry the Danjiri rhythmically. The sight will definitely fascinate festivalgoers.
KMI Branch Office Kitsuke Party in Honolulu Festival 2007Dance/Performance
We are from Miyazaki Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan, where we have beautiful ocean and mountains. Three fertile rivers run through our hometown of Nobeoka. We work hard continuously to preserve Japan’s wonderful tradition “Kimono Culture” to the present day. Since we both live in an eternal summer climate, we thought it would be nice to exchange friendship with people in Hawaii through our “Kimono Culture”, that made us decide to participate in the festival. Please do come to see us.
Kansai Student Band FederationDance/Performance
We regret that the Kansai Student Band Federation are unable to participate and have cancelled their performance. We hope to exchange Friendship with the people of the Pacific Rim through the music of wind instruments. We will make lifetime memories and begin a new history with our association.
Okayama Gakugeikan H.S. Cap feat. AmyDance/Performance
Last year we danced passionately to the theme of “Japanese Festivals”. This year’s Maruoka Amy Production performance will reflect the era of nostalgic American musicals. Our dance is called “Sing Sing Sing” along with a gospel version of “Joyful Joyful”. We will give thanks to life and love by singing “Give Thanks”.