The team was pleased to be included in opening ceremonies in the courtyard. They danced two songs, “Samurai” and “Shachihoko”. Team members also participated in other activities going on during the festival such as the Bon-odori dance workshops, Japanese calligraphy and many other events. Later in the afternoon, during the stage performances, Yosakoi performed “Basara” and Gakkoyokyozai” for the audience.
Other performances featured were the Eisa Okinawa Dance, performed by the KU Japanese Student Association. An Okinawa music performance of two songs, Nada Sou Sou (All My Tears) and Shima Uta (Island Song), was performed by one of our Yosakoi members Miyuki Shimizu along with Haruki Sato and Jun Tadaki.
Kuniko Yamamoto performed story telling time with traditional musical instruments, masks, origami and mime. One of our Yosakoi members Minako Nemoto and Jun Tadaki performed two songs, Hana (Flower) and Sakura Yokocho (Cherry Blossum Alley) to the audience’s delight. The KSU Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble also performed a medley of songs from the movie “My Neighbor Totoro.” The final performance of the evening was Taiko, performed by the KU Taiko Club.
Once the festival was over, all the participants gathered at the International Student Center for a post-festival celebration. There was wonderful food provided and everyone enjoyed socializing!