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Workshop with Willamette Taiko

Ms. Kay Fukumoto will be holding a workshop with Willamette Taiko to teach them Fukushima Ondo, the piece that inspired the making of this film and honors ones' ancestors during the obon season.

"My Great Grandfather's Drum" @ Montag Den 1/26/14

Please join us, as Willamette Taiko Club, Japan Studies Student Leaders, and Ms. Kay Fukumoto from Maui Taiko present a showing of Great Grandfather's Drum. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014; 6:00 PM; Montag Den
Free admission, Open to the public

"Great Grandfather's Drum celebrates Japanese-American culture and history in Hawai'i. An inspiring century-long story of struggle and success in the greatest American tradition -- of plantation life, patriotic heroism during World War II, and helping to create statehood for Hawai'i.  Told through an intimate and joyful portrait of Maui Taiko, a contemporary Japanese-American drum ensemble, descendants of plantation workers, and by elders who lived this history. Experience Maui Taiko's dynamic performances on the giant drums, and travel with them on a heartfelt journey back to rural Japan to seek their ancestral roots. These families handed down taiko traditions through five generations in Hawai'i. Taiko is a living part of their community today."

Great Grandfather's Drum Poster