Yosakoi Final Banquet

16 05 2008

This years Banquet was measurable one of our most emotional. Seeing quite a few passionate Yosakoi dancers leaving; setting the stage for their lives elsewhere. One of these being Seji the director and in some sense the birth mother of Yosakoi not only in Kansas but in the United States. Still we will push to be just as good if not better in the new years to show him our conviction to the cause he set for us. We will also be losing many dancers Holly, Austin, Takuma, Rebecca, Miyuki, Michelle, Chikako, Yuka, Caroline, and Lenka. All of you will be missed and we fully expect you all to set up sister clubs where ever you settle.

That being said the Banquet started out with different creations from each of the members contributing much the same as they do for yosakoi each in their own way. While we ate we enjoyed a great deal of photo’s from this past year. Soon after that we played several games one being Bingo for door prizes and simple Merriment. Then it was time for the awards to be handed out and this tends to be just as emotional as the goodbyes. Special observance was paid to Cami for her most dedicated attitude towards Yosakoi. The director himself said he feels safe leaving the club in her capable hands. Then we moved on to goodbyes only heightening the emotion already present. These are usually some of the hardest moments in Yosakoi… having to say goodbye to friends whom are family. As mentioned above we ended the goodbyes with Seji which was quite an ending with messages from many of the members, gifts, awards, web cam talking from over sea’s members And finally Seji’s on take on the past few years. After that it was clean up and reminiscences time with the rest of the members unfortunately my family was in town and I had to cut out early. But this was one of the best banquets we have ever had. Special thanks go out to Cami and QisXia for all the decorations and putting this banquet together and to Jordan and Seji for creating the awards and photo mementos.

Good luck to all those preforming in Japan!

Birthday Surprise for Ada & Farewell to Yasuo

6 05 2008

We had a small birthday surprise for Ada during one of our practice breaks today. Ada’s father and mother arranged for a cake and asked us to surprise her with a song. We said that we were about to have a serious talk about the Japan Trip, and then we all broke in by singing “Happy Birthday”! It was some good cake and QiuXia also brought candy for all of us as well!

Today was also Yasuo’s last day for practice. 😦 So, we all shook his hand and he had some nice good-bye words for all of us. He did mention that he lived close to Minako’s house, so he would visit us when we go to Yokohama this summer. Good luck Yasuo and we wish you well!!

Dance Student Spotlight

1 05 2008

By chance, Seiji found out there was an opportunity for one last performance at K-State. The Dance Department was hosting a “Dance Student Spotlight” in Forum Hall on April 30, 2008. Cami was able to book the event, and the group performed “Gakko-yo-kyouzai Soran-bushi” in their new happi uniforms! They were about 19 different student choreographed performances, with Yosakoi having the largest number of dancers of the night. The evening finished off with all the dancers doing a closing dance for the audience. Great job you all!!! \(^o^)/