‘Hidden Legacy’ Coming to Portland

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PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Nikkei Endowment presents “Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the WWII Internment Camps” on Sunday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. in Portland.

hidden legacy imageMaking its Portland debut, this new documentary tells the story of how traditional Japanese cultural arts were maintained at a time when the government emphasized the importance of assimilation and Americanization. “Hidden Legacy” is the first-ever major presentation of traditional music, dance, and drama in the camps, and the remarkable roles played by the teachers of classical Japanese art forms.

This one-time-only event will include a short musical concert by master koto player Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto-Wong of Oakland, Calif., and Lita Kazuho Buttolph, and a Japanese classical dance performance by the Sahomi Tachibana Dancers.

Following the film, attendees will have an opportunity to be part of a panel discussion with Muramoto-Wong, creative director and executive producer of “Hidden Legacy,” and 90-year-old Portland resident Sahomi Tachibana, who is featured in the film.

Cost: $22 general; $18 seniors and students; $15 Friends of ONE.Tickets may be purchased online through the Hollywood Theatre.

This event is co-sponsored by Productions by Hirahara. Learn more about Hidden Legacy at http://jcalegacy.com.

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