Message from the Board of Directors of Nihon Buyo Kai of California
As the weather warms, so do our spirits. While COVID-19 cases appear to be on the rise, hospitalizations remain low, while businesses and venues are reopening with relaxed guidelines.
The Bando Kai Office in Tokyo has announced that the 100th Anniversary Celebratory Recital, originally planned for September 2020, has been re-scheduled for September 17 and 18, 2022. It will feature four different programs over two days, at the Kokuritsu Genkijyo (National Theatre of Japan). We certainly hope this signifies a return to normal for our colleagues in Japan!
One shining example of this was the return of the Bunka-Sai Festival in Torrance, held on April 23 and 24. Scores of cultural artists and organizations, vendors, and volunteers quickly organized, under the guidance and leadership of the Torrance Sister City Association. Appearing in the two-day festival included performances by dance students from Mai No Kai (Bando Hiromiya) and Wakahisa Kai (Wakayagi Hisame), and a mini-lecture/demonstration by Bando Hidesomi on props used in Nihon buyo. Other popular cultural arts performances and demonstrations included koto and shakuhachi, minyo, taiko, and martial arts. Please see our Gallery page for photographs.
Due to popular response, we are pleased to offer two upcoming virtual dance performances. As you may be aware, the Japanese treasure their children and honor them with Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) in May. We will post a dance video performed by a student of the Mitsuhiro Kai available starting on May 5 and running through the month of May. Also on our website, we will present our Virtual Spring Japanese Classical Dance Program available free of charge for one week (May 15-21). Donations are certainly welcome, but not required.
We are humbled by the overwhelming membership renewals for this calendar year! This informs us that we are meeting your expectations as we drive towards our mission. We invite you to let us know how we can improve what you would like to see in the near future by writing to us at the email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for your continued support!