Two New Groups Coming to 2019 Japan Day

The 2019 Japan Day is excited to announce two new cultural groups at Japan Day. One who preserves Okinawan cultural arts from the beautiful islands of Hawaii and another developed a long lineage of classical Japanese dance students in Los Angeles. Check out their stories below.

Tamagusuku Ryu Senju Kai Frances Nakachi Ryubu Dojo (Okinawan Dance Academy)

Okinawan Hawaii pose

Tamagusuku Ryu Senju Kai Frances Nakachi Ryubu Dojo, an Ryukuan or Okinawan Dance Academy in Hawaii which was established 22 years ago under the direction of Frances Nakachi Kuba Sensei. The Tamagusuku Ryu Senju Kai’s mission is to spread peace, joy, and love by sharing the beauty of Okinawa’s Dance Arts to the world, one dance at a time.

Through their heartfelt artistry, they strive to enrich lives, inspire hope and bring joy to the community one dance at a time. The academy is dedicated to cultivate and nurture individual talents and potentials, bridge communities and build everlasting friendships and family.

Thank you from the bottom of their hearts for the opportunity to share the Ryukyuan culture.  We look forward in working together in sharing this culture of joy and building everlasting friendships.  

The Dojo is located at Manoa Japanese Language School in Honolulu and welcomes new students throughout the year.   Currently, there are students ranges from 3 to 79 years young. Feel free to stop by for a free trial class.

For more information about our dance academy, visit our website at www.senjukaihawaii.com

Soke Fujima School of Classical Dance

Soke Fujima Fujima Kansuma Kai of LA-2 (2)

Joining the festivities of this 2019 Japan Day celebration are the students of the legendary dance master artist Mme. Fujima Kansuma who is truly a pioneer in bringing Japanese classical dance to the United States. Mme. Fujima studied with the great Kabuki actors of the pre World War II era in Japan and as a young girl brought back to the U.S. never before seen costumes and dances to the Issei audiences.

During the War years here in the U.S. she used her dance as a means to inspire and encourage her fellow internees. She has been recognized by the government of Japan for her cultural contributions and is a recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship. Most recently in 2018 she was honored by the Smithsonian, NEA, and the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center celebrating her 100th birthday!

This century old dancer, teacher, choreographer and cultural icon has maintained the Soke Fujima School of Classical Dance in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles for over 80 years. Mme was born right here in San Francisco and has fond memories of dancing at the San Francisco World Fair in 1939. She is happy to be back home to present her students at this years Japan Day Celebration.


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