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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Okinawan dance group in Colorado joins Dragon Boat Festival

My PC's power supply was burned out last week. I got a new one a couple of days ago, and now I can update my blog.

Today, I would like to inform a Dragon Boat Festival to be held next Saturday, July 30. It says the biggest festival in Colorado. The dance group of the Okinawan Association in Colorado will join and perform dances at the festival. Some members of the Association will perform an Okinawan-style drum dance called "Eisa". Eisa is becoming quite popular worldwide and originally was performed during the Obon time  in Okinawa. I will inform you further about Eisa on another occastion.

Meanwhile, please enjoy summer and festivals around the world.

Okinawa Kenjinkai

Okinawan Dance
Okinawa KenjinkaiColorado Okinawa Kenjinkai (Association) marks its 37th anniversary this year. The members have learned Okinawan dances with help of Ms. Naoko Ahagon, the master dancer of the Binfukai group from Tamagusuku Dance School in Okinawa. The Kenjinkai organizes the celebrative event biennially to introduce Okinawan culture to the community, also holds New Year party and picnic annually to promote mutual friendship. They have participated actively in the Japanese cultural events in the community, such as Denver Kohaku Utagassen (Singing Competition), Bon Odori Festivals, and Asian Festival by Japan America Society of Southern Colorado.

There will be many stage performances including Denver Taiko and Okinawan Karate.

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