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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Long Island Sakura Matsuri Festival

Today's festival was the last cherry blossom festival held in the New York area. It was sucessfully done. I presented a Paranku (small handheld drum) dance workshop for the taiko members of the Ryushu Kan dojo in Long Island for 30 minutes before the performance on stage. Ryushu Taiko members performed, and I accompanied them on the Sanshin, playing a popular folk song called Paradise Uruma Jima. I performed a popular dance called Kanayo, and sang Tsundara bushi while playing the Sanshin. There were two stage performances in the festival, and I joined the last stage and Mr. Kaoru Watanabe later took the same stage, and his powerful drum ensomble with Flute was exciting to see.

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