We have many performances on stage this year! So many you won't be able to get away from the stage.
On Saturday, we will kick off the event with CHI-KA singing J-POP! Following her will be a performer from Japan, Mr. Daisuke Kiba on the kokyū! Stay in tune for a post about him soon.
Along the same lines of traditional Japanese, Japanese Classical Martial Arts will take the stage at noon. Going back to music, Uguisu-kai will sing and dance for us.
Then get ready to feel the beat when Seattle Kokon Taiko takes the stage! Seattle Kokon Taiko (SKT) is Washington’s first performing taiko ensemble. SKT is based in the local Japanese American community and has performed at schools, arts festivals, street fairs, community programs, corporate events and in concert throughout Washington and Oregon.
From 2:30 pm, the Japanese Men's Chorus Group from Evergreen Glee Club will be singing.
Interested in karate? Washington Shotokan Association will give us a demonstration on stage from 3:15pm. To finish the day off, Songs of Hope will be singing "Wish Upon A Star" with all the kids near the stage. After all, we are celebrating Tanabata.
Sunday will have a completely different line up, but just as exciting!
To start the day, Okinawa Creative Dance will dance to a couple of songs, followed by Okinawa Taiko by OKK Chijinshuu.
ArtRise Dance will continue the powerful flow with their energetic dances!
Can't get enough dancing? Dance LEO will come right after. Dance LEO started as a jazz dance class 17 years ago. In 2011, they performed two types of dances, a jazz dance and YOSAKOI for the first time, at an event.
Want even more dancing? Shiori will be performing belly dancing to entertain the crowd.
Then the main event for Sunday comes. A COSPLAY CONTEST! We can't believe this is actually happening again this year! The cosplay contest will be hosted by Sakura-Con and we're expecting a bigger turn around than last year.
After the cosplay contest, we will be going back to more traditional Japanese performances. KIMONO ART will have a performance again this year. This year, they will be expressing the beauties of Japan. Following the kimono performance will be Mr. Daisuke Kiba for a second performance. Anyone who misses his performance on Saturday will have another chance to see and listen to him playing the kokyū.
To finish off the two day event, we will have The School of TAIKO take the stage to powerfully close the curtains and send us off to next year.
The schedule for the performances can be found on our website.
Don't forget to set alarms on your phones so you won't miss any of these great performances!