Minidoka Band at PSU, Sunday 2/19 at 2pm

February 6, 2012

I’ll be sitting in with the Minidoka Swing Band for a meaningful show at Portland State University on February 19. The band will be performing as part of a Day of Remembrance, sponsored by the JACL, on the 70th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066.

Sunday, 2/19, 2-4pm
Portland State University
Hoffman Hall
Free admission


Lee’s Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team in February

February 6, 2012

Traci and I have been able to participate in several performances with the Lee’s Association in February.

Lan Su Chinese Garden, 2012 Chinese New Year Celebration
NW 3rd Avenue and Everett Street
Saturday, 2/4: 12, 1, 2, 4, and 7pm
Sunday, 2/5 12, 1, 2, 4, and 7pm
Monday, 2/6: 7:25pm


Tachibana Dance Group and Utsuki-kai at Mochitsuki Portland 2012

January 23, 2012

Established in 1996, Mochitsuki is Portland’s annual Japanese New Year celebration. The mission is to celebrate, share, and educate the broader community about the dynamic Nikkei New Years traditions while strengthening bonds between our Nikkei groups.

Numerous performers will be participating, including the Tachibana Dance Group and Utsuki-kai. I’ll be dancing Haru Kaze Soran with Tachibana and drumming with Utsuki-kai.

Saturday January 29, 11am-4pm
Scottish Rite Center
1512 SW Morrison Street
Admission: $4-$10

PSU-TV covered the event. Watch the news segment here.


Lee’s Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team in January

January 23, 2012

The Portland Lee’s Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team has been busy with numerous performances for the New Year. I was able to participate in a few so far:

Uwajimaya’s “Year of the Dragon”
Video: Lion Dance
Saturday 1/21, 3pm
Beaverton, OR

HK Cafe “Families with Children from China” Event
Saturday 1/21, 4:30pm
4410 SE 82nd Avenue
Portland, OR

Out and About with Drew Carney
Monday, 1/23, 6-7am
Video: Live from Lan Su Chinese Garden
Portland, OR

Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association Chinese New Year Banquet
Monday, 1/30, 6pm
Wong’s King Restaurant
8733 SE Division Street
Portland, OR


PSU Taiko Ensemble Performances, Fall 2011

December 13, 2011

The PSU Taiko Ensemble performed at Lincoln Hall on Monday, December 5 at 4:30pm, presenting Matsuri Daiko, Renshuu, and Isami Goma. The ensemble repeated this performance at the “Teach East Asia Youth Forum” hosted by the World Affairs Council of Oregon and the PSU Institute for Asian Studies on December 9 at 12:45pm.


Tachibana Dancers at the Portland Art Museum, Friday 11/4, 7pm

October 31, 2011

The Tachibana Dancers will be performing for a fundraising dinner at the Portland Art Museum on Friday 11/4 at 7pm. Unfortunately this is a private event, but it should be fun. I’ll be dancing Byakkotai with Kimi and performing taiko with Traci as an interlude before the final dance number. We’re planning on two-person versions of Yatai from the Edo Bayashi repertoire as well as a short Matsuri Daiko.


Lee’s Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team at the Oregon Zoo, Saturday 9/24 at 11am

September 22, 2011

The Lee’s Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team will be performing for the World Animal Festival on the Amphitheater Stage at the Oregon Zoo. Traci and I will be performing on Saturday, 9/24 at 11am, but the team will also be performing on Sunday at 10:30am. Both days have a morning and afternoon program including such performers as Northstar Dancers, Boka Marimba, Hanz Araki, Los Rumberos del Caribe, Baba Wague, Natya Leela, Wild Rose Garland Dancers, Prashant Kakad, Portland Taiko, and Obo Addy! Come check it out!


Lee’s Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team at Under the Autumn Moon Festival, Saturday 9/10

September 3, 2011

The Portland Lee’s Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team will be performing at the Under the Autumn Moon Festival on Saturday, September 10. More information to be posted.

Old Town Chinatown
NW 3rd Avenue and Flanders Street
Admission: Free


Lee’s Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team at Sake One, Saturday 8/27, 12pm

August 28, 2011

The Lee’s Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team will be performing at Sake One’s Pacific Rim Festival on Saturday, August 27 at 12pm. It will kick off an afternoon of hula dance, taiko (Portland Taiko and Takohachi), reggae, and rock.

820 Elm St.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
12-9pm, $5 admission


Taiko at the Japanese Garden Obon Festival, Monday 8/15, 8pm

August 15, 2011

Traci and I will be drumming for the Obon Festival at the Portland Japanese Garden on Monday, August 15, 8pm. This is a free event for members of the garden, but it looks like reservations have been closed for non-members.

Sahomi Tachibana will lead the dancing and it will be officiated by Reverend Zuigaku Kodachi.