Past Events

Fall Dance and Lecture Event

Date:  Saturday, October 19, 2019
Location:  First Lutheran Church, 2900 Carson St., Torrance, CA 90503
Time:  2:00 to 4:30 pm

An Afternoon of Japanese Dance: Performance with Lecture/Demonstration on the Koken (Stage Assistant) (in Japanese with English translation)


  • Bando Toshitaro, Guest Artist from Bando Kai Japan


  • Azuma Kikusue (representing Azuma Sumako II)
  • Bando Hidesomi
  • Wakayagi Kiyoka and Wakayagi Rinsen (for Wakayagi Hisame)

See Gallery for photos of this event.

Learn the secrets behind this on-stage-costume-quick-change.  Take a peek at this video!

The Art of Shamisen

September 29, 2018 / 2:00 pm

James R. Armstrong Theater, Torrance, California
3330 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA  90503

Guest Artists From Japan:

  • Honjoh Hidetaro, Headmaster of the Honjoh School of Shamisen in Tokyo
  • Honjoh Hidegoro, Shamisen
  • Honjoh Hidejiro, Shamisen
  • Honjoh Hideeiji, Shamisen
  • Tousha Chiho, Ohayashi (drums, percussion)
  • Mochizuki Mika, Ohayashi
  • Tousha Kiyoho, Ohayashi
  • Takei Makoto, Fue & Shakuhachi (flute)

Performing Artists from Southern California

  • Matsutoyo Sato, Founder and Head Instructor of the Matsutoyo Kai Japanese Folk Music
  • Bando Hidesomi, Japanese Classical Dancer
  • Bando Hiromiya, Japanese Classical Dancer
  • Nakamura Narumi, Japanese Classical Dancer

An Afternoon of Japanese Dance

September 23, 2017 | 1:00 pm

Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Kaikan (Hall)
815 E. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA   90012

Participating Dance Teachers:

  • Azuma Sumako II
  • Bando Hidesomi
  • Bando Hiromiya
  • Majikina Aiko
  • Nakamura Narumi
  • Wakayagi Hisame

The Art of Tokoyama:  The Japanese Traditional Dance Wig – Lecture and Demonstration

August 6, 2016 | 2:00pm

Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute
1964 W. 162nd St.
Gardena, CA  90247

Guest Artists From Japan:  Tokuo Toyotani and Kazuhiro Toyotani