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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Photo Shooting Day

I just came back from a photo shooting today. This time, I was asked to take photo with Sanshin for upcoming music performances. I will inform you details about next events in my blog next week.
Please enjoy a holiday weekend. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Open Rehearsals at LMCC

We will be having an open rehearsals at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council this week.
Registration is required to see our rehearsals, please check schedule below. 
I hope to see you there!

Open RehearsalWednesday, May 16, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012

1:30 PM --2:30 PMat Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
80 Broad Street, New York City
Choreographer Wally Cardona will open his rehearsals to the public,
providing a sneak peek into his time with Okinawan dancer Junko Fisher.
This is the first stage of The Set Up: Junko Fisher,
a new work at the River To River Festival Incubator at 80 Broad Street, New York City,
made in collaboration with choreographer Jennifer Lacey and composer Pete Drungle.
Open rehearsals are free and open to the public with RSVP. Capacity is limited.

RSVP is required; please click here and fill out the form to reserve your seats!

Below is the photos which I took during our lessons at the LMCC on May 10th. 

Wall Street area (Broad Street)
South Sea Port area

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Review of today's lecture and demonstration at Queens Library

I enjoyed performing at the Queens Library for many young guests, and would like to share some photos from today's performance.

Program one:
Demonstration of the stage make up

Program two:
Demonstration of dressing in traditional costume

Performing a Court dance

Performing a Zo dance

Program three:
Workshop with children

Program four:
After the dance performances I also performed on Sanshin and sang folk songs. 
I will try to list one of the songs which I performed today on YouTube later on. 

Stay tuned!

Please Enjoy Mother's Day tomorrow! 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Preview of the One-Woman Show at the Queens Library

Today, I would like to inform you of details of the program for the One-Woman show which will be held 
this Saturday, May 12 (3:00 pm - 4:30 pm)
at the Queens Library, Sunnyside Branch.

Two years ago, I presented my 90-minute program on Ryukyuan Performing Arts at the same library. 
I will also introduce how to apply make up and how to dress costumes in the program this year. 


1. Make up

2. Wakashu Kuti Bushi (young boy's court dance)

3. Nuchi Bana (woman's zo dance)

(Folk song and Sanshin performance)

4. Yutaka Bushi 

5. Paradise Uruma Jima

6.Nangoku Sodachi 

7. Dance workshop 

Please join me!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Review of the White Plains Sakura Matsuri

I have never seen so many people gathered at the White Plains Sakura Matsuri like yesterday. 
The White Plains Matsuri was a big success. 

Here are some photos at the Turnure Park:
Photos were taken by Larry Fisher.
All rights reserved. 

Ready to perform

Rehearsal with Sanshin  members
I am practicing Okinawan Sanba 

Finale: WP Sakura Daiko

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Review of the Long Island Sakura Matsuri Part III

Okinawan dance back stage photos from yesterday's Long Island Sakura Matsuri.
Photo by Larry Fisher. All rights reserved. 

Unfortunately we have taken only video for the stage performance and have no photo of dances.

One of my student and her friend came from Boston to see our performance.

Stage Program

We had our dinner at
a Japanese restaurant in Stony Brook after the performance. 


Today, I've invited "Ryukaji" Sanshin members for my program. 
  Ryukaji members will perform their Sanshin and sing "Ume No Kaori" for my dance as 
 the first time of live music for my dance performance. 
 We also perform Sanshin and sing
 Erabu Yurino Hana and Hanjo Bushi.

Okinawan dance and music program will be shown around 3:00 pm. 
We also present Sanshin and dance workshop at the park after ourstage performance. 

Please visit Turnure Park: 20 Lake St. WP. 10603

See you all this afternoon! 

Review of the Long Island Sakura Matsuri Part II

Here are photos of  my new dance students: Drum dance workshop.  

We celebrated the
"Happy Children's Day" too.

Review of the Long Island Sakura Matsuri Part I

We have completed the 12th Annual Sakura Matsuri of Long Island held at Charles B. Wang Center yesterday with many children and adults joined us. 

Here are some photos from yesterday's stage program.
Photo by Larry Fisher. All rights reserved. 

Mikami Kuni & "East of the Sun: Japanese Folk melody w/jazz.

Japanese "Yosakoi" Dance workshop for children by Tenteko Mai 

Cute Japanese traditional dancer from Ichifuji Kai

Ryu Shu Taiko: Mr. Gerry

Ryu Shu Taiko members

Sorry we have missed taking photos of Masayo Ishigure's koto and Kaoru Watanabe's taiko. 

Koto and Taiko performances were great!

I was so happy to see these great performances yesterday, and meet with performers. 
See you all again sometime soon! 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Preview of Long Island Cherry Blossom in Newsday

Wow, I didn't know that Newsday would list my photo on the front page. That is a big photo. 

Please read Newsday's special edition of Long Island Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom festival) which will be held tomorrow. 


Please join us!


My talk with a reporter is also listed in the end of  the article. 

See you all tomorrow!