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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Flowers of May

Finally, it's  summer here in New York.
Today, I took some photos of flowers.



Our pool opened last weekend.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Video Clip of the New York Travel Show

I just completed listing another video clip (New York Times Travel Show) on YOUTUBE.
Here is the new clip:
Okinawa sodachi
Tinsgunu hana


Friday, May 24, 2013

My New video clip!

I would like to introduce my new YOUTUBE video clips.
Video one:
Long Island Sakura Matsuri
May 4th 2013
Haru Ya Haru Bushi
Video two:
Asian-American Festival
May 18th 2013
Shima No Hito Yo
Menso-re Uchina-kai
Please enjoy the holiday weekend!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Review of the Asian-American Festival

I would like to review the Fourth Annual Hempstead Asian-American Fesitaval held yesterday.
There were many people gathered at the stage performances, but stage process got behind schedule and delayed almost one hour.
I helped at the tea ceremony booth, which was quite popular and we got a good crowd, filled all chairs. The tea ceremony served tea four times, each time took about 30 minutes.
I didn't have a chance to taste the tea.
Since the stage schedule got delayed, I went home
to change into my stage cosutme, and change my make-up and hair style.
It started to rain a bit after 3:00 pm and some audience went home before I went on stage.
I performed after Iaido (Samurai Sword), led by Ms. Deborah who offers a class at Resobox.
Their performance was very sharp and I liked it.
Ms. Deborah helped me by acting as announcer for my performance.
I appreciated her help very much.
Here are some photos from yesterday's event.
with Japanese traditional dance members

with tea ceremony staff

Opening ceremony
An Indian marching band opened the show
Japanese traditional dancer
Japanese Flower Arrangement booth
Japanese Folk Dance members rehearsing in front of the bay

waiting for my stage performance

Friday, May 17, 2013

Kimono Kitsuke Lesson 2

Today, I have tried on several kimono for my kimono lesson, and finally figured it out which kimono and obi to wear for tomorrow's event.

These kimono are casual kimono and perfect for dance lessons,
going out for tea time and festivals.
black shibori-style kimono with purple obi and pink obijime
 Summer kimono with summer red obi and white obijime
Shibori kimono with red obi, and pink obijime
I didn't wear Obiage for today's lesson.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Kimono Kitsuke Lesson

Today, I am preparing my kimono for hot weather.
 I am going to help a tea ceremony booth at the Asian-American Festival,
and I am not sure which Kimono-obi set I have to wear this Saturday.
The photo was taken last summer.
North Hemstead Beach Park
Port Washington, Long Island

Please join us!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Asian American Festival

 Happy Mother's Day!
This is a preview of
 the Asian-American Festival.
I will be helping out in the Tea ceremony booth
Noon to 4:00 pm,
and performing on their stage around
4:30 pm.
 Okinawan dance and music program:
Nuchi Bana
Sanshin Music:
Shima No Hito Yo
Menso-re Uchina Kai
Other performers include:
Nihon Daiko, Nihon Buyo, and Iai Do.
Please join us!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

My Dancing (Nihon Buyo) Life

Hi, it is almost Happy Mother's Day!
I hope the weather will be nicer tomorrow. We plan to have family BBQ at home
with my mother-in-law, who is visiting us from Florida this weekend.
Today, I am showing some photos taken in Japan when I was dancing
Japanese traditional dance (Nihon Buyo).
The National Theater in Tokyo.
I was dancing at the reception party
for my late grandmother's 88th birthday
in Okinawa. At the town hall of Senaha,
Yomitan village, Okinawa.

I also used to perform Nihon Buyo at
some other reception parties, including
my friend's wedding and my aunt's wedding in Tokyo.

I will perform Okinawan dance and sing Okinawan folk songs
 at the Asian American Festival next Saturday,
and will review the details of the event here later.

Please have a wonderful Mother's Day!


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Kimono Exhibition at Nippon Club

Tonight I went to an opening reception of Mr. Naoki Nomura's kimono exhibition
which opened today at the gallery of Nippon Club New York.  
All the motifs of these kimono were Nomura's original drawing.
The kimono models weren't dressed with obi sash, they walked wearing
only kimono to show those beautiful motif of kimono.
I was not suppose to take photos of these exhibited kimono and
 I took some of kimono show.
It was wonderful night.
The panels behind me are kimono fabric.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Reveiw of the Long Island Sakura Matsuri

Here are the photos of today's Long Island Sakura Matsuri.
Everybody in the theater sang Haru Ya Haru along with me.
I will inform my dance and song clip on YOUTUBE later.
Thank you for your support!
Finale of the stage performance.
With Kaoru Watanabe's
Fue, Taiko, Koto and Shamisen performers