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Japan Day 2016

From Taiko drumming and martial arts to crafts and kabuki, the land of the rising sun is coming to the Basque Block.


The Idaho Japanese Society and Portland, Ore.-based Consular Office of Japan will bring an afternoon of traditional Japanese art, music, food and more to the Basque Block. Among the cultural presentations and displays—including Taiko drumming, martial arts, Japanese harp playing, calligraphy and origami—will be guest Fujimo Shunojo. Based in Chicago, Shunojo is a grandmaster of traditional dance, specializing in Kabuki. Winner of the Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation Award in 2013, Shunojo has been heralded as "one of the greatest living teachers of classical Japanese dance," according to the Idaho Japanese Society.

If all that dance and music gets you hungry, sample a bento of onigiri rice balls and rice cakes. For the little ones there will be an Ennichi carnival with special kids' activities.