4/24 — Hidden Legacy: Tribute to Teachers of Japanese Arts in Camps

April 24 — Sixty-eight years have passed since the end of World War II and the incarceration of approximately 112,000 Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans in concentration camps. Though much has been researched and written about the camp experience, the story of the brave artists who practiced and taught Japanese traditional arts remains a hidden legacy.

For one performance only, actual artists who taught and learned Japanese traditional arts during this period will be presented in performance and discussion. Classical Japanese dance (odori), classical music (nagauta) and Buddhist folk dance (bon odori) will be represented.

The artists who will participate in this event of performance and discussion are:

  • Bando Mitsusa – Tule Lake, CA, classical Japanese dance
  • Kineya Jyorokusho – Gila River, AZ, nagauta shamisen music; also taught koto and odori in camp
  • Hokunin Kyokuto Kimura, aka Molly Kimura – Tule Lake, CA, biwa music, ikenobo, tea ceremony, Japanese language, Buddhist studies
  • Kayoko Wakita – Manzanar, CA, koto and shamisen music, also representing her parents Baido Wakita (shakuhachi) and Nobue Wakita (koto and shamisen)
  • Hanayagi Reimichi, aka Reiko Iwanaga – Amache, CO, obon odori dance, also representing Rev. Yoshio Iwanaga, Poston, AZ camp
  • Yukino Harada – Amache, CO, Japanese classical dance
  • Fujima Rieyuki, aka Yuki Sato Lee-Minidoka, ID, Japanese classical dance, also representing her mother, Nishikawa Kikuharu

Koyasan Buddhist Temple – 342 E. 1st Street, 90012
Suggested donation:
$20 General Admission
$15 Seniors/Students with ID

For more information/reservations, please call (213) 628-2725 ext. 133 or email [email protected]

This program is co-sponsored by the JACCC, Koyasan Buddhist Temple and the George & Sakaye Aratani Endowed Chair and the Asian American Studies Center, UCLA