Azuma Sumako II
Remembering a Nihon Buyo trailblazer.
Message from the Board of Directors of Nihon Buyo Kai of California
Dear Japanese Dance and Culture Aficionados,
We sincerely hope that you, your family, and loved ones are doing well during these very difficult and uncertain times. In times of crises, we especially need art and culture to uplift us, so we are saddened to report that our annual fall dance program will be postponed to next year. Our top priority at this time is for the health and well-being of our performers, audience members, and those involved in the production of the program , including our loyal and dedicated volunteers.
This pandemic has given us the opportunity to reflect upon the inspiration for establishing the Nihon Buyo Kai eight years ago. We thank the late Madame Bando Mitsuhiro–our teacher, our Oshishosan –for her dedication and guidance which continues to give us strength and purpose even after her passing on August 2, 2016. As we approach the fourth anniversary of her death, we hope you will enjoy a video tribute which was shown at her one-year memorial service. We continue her legacy and memory by promoting the art of Nihon Buyo as well as its associated cultural arts, and we strive for the best in all our endeavors.
Please keep yourself and your loved ones safe, and we look forward to seeing you when it is safe to do so.