Karakoro Eisa in Canada2017
Simcoe Park, Niagara on the Lake
I was a nice sunny day. We had a large audience.
A newspaper reporter, Fred, who came to see the show, took photos of our performances. This is the blog which shows his photos.
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In 1998, Atis Bankas came to Niagara on the Lake with the dream of founding a music school and summer music festival. He had discovered the perfect location - one of Canada's most beautiful towns on the shores of Lake Ontario at the mouth of the magnificent Niagara River, an area of great historical significance, surrounded by orchards and lush vineyards. That summer the festival had its first season.
During the first year, the festival was small in scope. By the third season, audiences were growing as residents and tourists began to discover the festival.
In 2004 they introduced one or more performances on every day of the three-week festival and also introduced several new series. By 2008, the festival had grown to the point of celebrating its tenth anniversary with a season of nearly 50 concerts featuring over 100 musicians from all over the world performing in many different venues throughout Niagara. The tradition of outstanding music in standout settings has continued, with great acclaim for individual concerts by exceptional musicians, and series both old and new selling out.
They have been featuring Canadian and international musicians performing a variety of music genres in unique, intimate, and beautiful settings in Niagara on the Lake.
The festival has established itself as an annual cultural event, with its own core audience and a capacity for networking with other arts, heritage and cultural organizations within the Niagara Region.
Music Niagara has an international reputation for presenting a variety of music genres of the highest calibre and is recognized as a world-class summer music festival, attracting locals and tourists from around the world as well as a passionate and loyal local following.
For this music festival this is our 7th year to present our performance this year.
Offered by Mr. Art Miki, this year we performed Eisa at the Japanese Pavilion for the Folklorama, the festival which has continued in Winnipeg for about 48 years and 41 countries around the world participated in.
In 1970, during the celebration of Manitoba’s centennial, Folk Art Council of Winnipeg organized a festival called “Folklorama” in order to celebrate the multicultural heritage in Manitoba. The festival achieved success, and it has continued over 48 years since then. At each pavilion, which utilizes a school, a college or a public facility, people of each ethnic group introduces their own cultures through exhibitions, events and providing cultural food as well as exhibits their products. Manitoba Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association hosts the Japanese Pavilion to introduce Japanese culture.
At the Japanese Pavilion, you can see various performances, such as tea ceremony, flower arrangement, the art of folding paper, Japanese traditional dance, the Manitoba Kendo Club, the Manitoba Judo Association, the Winnipeg Budo-kai Karate Club, and Taiko (Hinode Taiko). In the pavilion audience can enjoy meals, buying various foods, such as Japanese sake, beer, sushi, teriyaki chicken, fried noodle, a bowl of boiled rice covered with raw tuna, curry and rice, and manju.
This Folklorama, held in August every year, has known as one of the outstanding multi-cultural events in North America. ˙ Having a lot of visitors from around the world as well as tour buses from the United States,
they had 45 pavilions and over 445,000 people visited them in 2004.
Winnipeg Art Gallery
We had a large audience, and the auditorium was full.
We received a standing ovation with loud cheers.
Winnipeg Free Press, a newspaper in Winnipeg, prints a photo of our performance.
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Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba
In 2013 the Manitoba Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association (MJCCA) and the Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (MJCCC) amalgamated to form the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba, Inc (JCAM). This is a non-profit, charitable organization that serves as the representative organization for Japanese Canadians in Manitoba.
JCAM is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and will organize community, cultural and educational activities through a volunteer board and the organization’s membership. JCAM undertakes projects that include all segments of the Japanese Canadian community, as well as reach out to other Canadians. JCAM organizes activities, programs, and services in both the English and Japanese language in order to educate and inform the general community about Japanese and Japanese-Canadian art, music, culture, heritage and history, while also operating the Japanese Language School and the Japanese Public Schools Program (Japan PSP) a cultural program at the Centre for Manitoba’s elementary school students.