June 23–June 30, 2019
San Francisco Japantown—FREE event




Sunday, June 23 • 12:45pm
Odori Workshop

The workshop will focus on dance movement as a means of articulating language and story. More info →

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Sunday, June 23 • 2:00pm
The Art of the Improvised Shamisen

Artist: Tatsu Aoki
Union Bank Community Room - SF Japantown East Mall

Hear from a professional Okiya style shamisen artist, and learn how this music was presented in the 60’s and the unique development of this art form. More info →

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June 23-29
Taiko Intensive Training Week *

* Not open to public. Limited to active GenRyu Arts members

Featured Artists

Soke Fujima School of Classical Dance

Soke Fujima School of Classical DanceJoining 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. Learn more →

Tamagusuku Ryu Senju Kai Frances Nakachi Ryubu Dojo

Senjukai Hawaii Tamagusuku Ryu Senju Kai Frances Nakachi Ryubu Dojo, a Ryukuan or Okinawan Dance Academy in Hawaii which was established 22 under the direction of Frances Nakachi Kuba Sensei. Their mission is promoting, preserving and perpetuating over 500 years of rich Ryukyuan culture and traditions through dance. Learn more →

Japan Day

Sunday, June 30, 12–4:30pm
San Francisco Japantown, Peace Plaza & East Mall
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  • 12:00PM-12:15PM Asian Improv Midwest & Genryu Arts
  • 12:15PM-12:30PM Soke Fujima Ryu Fujima Kansuma Dance Ensemble of Los Angeles
  • 12:35PM-1:05PM Suio Ryu Lai Kenpo group and Gen Ensemble
  • 1:10PM-1:40PM Tamagusuku Ryu Senju Kai Frances Nakachi Ryubu Dojo-Hawaii
  • 1:45PM-2:20PM Tsukasa Taiko
  • 2:30PM-2:45PM Soke Fujima Ryu Fujima Kansuma Dance Ensemble of Los Angeles
  • 2:50PM-3:20PM Gen Taiko
  • 3:20PM-3:50PM Diaspora Escapade: Suio Ryu Lai Kenpo, Asian Improv aRts, Asian Improv aRts Midwest, GenRyu Arts, and poet Mia Malhotra
  • 3:50PM-4:30PM Gintenkai National Project


  • 12:00PM-12:15PM Washi Ningyo with Rochelle Lum
  • 12:15PM-1:15PM SF Koto Group Hanaikada
  • 1:20PM-1:40PM Shodo Demonstration - Rev. Kawahatsu Sensei
  • 2:00PM-2:20PM Mataro Doll Demonstration - SF East Mataro Miyabikai Merry Nishimura
  • 2:25PM-2:40PM Washi Ningyo with Rochelle Lum
  • 2:45PM-3:15PM Sanjuro Toyoaki Shamisen
  • 3:15PM-4:00PM Tamagusuku Ryu Senju Kai Frances Nakachi Ryubu Dojo - Hawaii

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Japan Week is a summer cultural festival featuring performances, workshops & demonstrations in San Francisco Japantown.

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Presented by GenRyu Arts in association with East and West Japan Center Mall.

All events are FREE.

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