Minidoka Swing Band Ballroom Stage

Minidoka Swing Band / 10:00 – 10:45am

Based in Portland, Oregon, the Minidoka Swing Band educates and preserves Japanese American history through their music. They perform big band tunes, such as “Boogie  Woogie Bugle  Boy,” “Sentimental Journey,”  “Moonlight  Serenade,” “American  Patrol,” “Tuxedo  Junction,”  “All of Me,” and many more.

Hula Halau Dancers Ballroom Stage

Hula Halau ‘Ohana Holo’oko’a / 11:00 – 11:45am

Lisa Fujii Chang, owner and instructor at Lisa Chang Studio, began her formal hula training in 1987 with Hula Hālau ‘O Pi’ilani in Santa Clara, California. In this performance by the Hula Hālau ‘Ohana Holo‘oko‘a, meaning “School Of Hula Where Everyone Is Family,” you will learn the Hawaiian culture, language, history, chants, songs and stories.

En Taiko

En Taiko / 12:00 – 12:45pm

En Taiko, a non-profit Japanese drumming organization, first began in 2007 as a means of teaching kids at schools where music classes were no longer offered. En Taiko provides students with discipline, camaraderie, listening skills, and structure–all essential components of Japanese taiko.

Mitsuiki Dazai Koto Player

Mitsuki Dazai – Koto Player / 1:00 – 1:45pm

Mitsuki Dazai is a Japanese koto and jushichigen player living in Oregon. Mitsuki will perform the standard Koto on a traditional 13-string Japanese instrument that sounds similar to gently strummed harp.

Lee's Association Lion & Dragon Dance Team

Lee’s Association Lion & Dragon Dance Team / 2:00 – 2:45pm

The Portland Lee’s Association Lion Dance Team was founded in April, 2004 by Mr. Ken Lee, who imparted his lion dance knowledge and experience to Mr. Terry Lee, the current Head Coach of the team.

The team has performed at thousands of events, including the Grand Opening of Kam Wah Chung Museum in John Day, Oregon Convention Center, Portland Classical Chinese Garden, KPTV Good Day Oregon Show and the 2009 Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade.

Unit Souzou Taiko / 3:00 – 3:45pm

Portland’s newest professional taiko company, UNIT SOUZOU (pronounced “sohzoh”) is at the forefront of a growing artistic movement within the worldwide taiko community.  With over 20 years of professional experience, Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe, co-directors of UNIT SOUZOU are relentless innovators known for their fusion of taiko and Japanese folk dance.  ‘Souzou’ can be written in three ways meaning ‘creation’ (創造) ‘imagination’ (想像) or ‘noisy’ (騒々) alluding to a force by which new ideas are born and take shape in the world.  Inspired by these words UNIT SOUZOU focuses on building creative and imaginative works for the art form of taiko.  In addition to creating groundbreaking theatrical works, UNIT SOUZOU is deeply committed to share taiko through teaching in schools, collaborating with the local community, and offering public classes.