Celebrating Spring with Two Free Shows in May
After what felt like an especially long winter in the Midwest, spring has finally arrived! To celebrate the arrival of spring, we celebrated according to Japanese custom with hanami
, or cherry blossom viewing, at the annual Sake and Sakura event at Missouri Botanical Garden. The cherry trees were just beginning to bud within the Japanese Garden as visitors sampled a variety of beverages to the sounds of the taiko.
We played Hayate, meaning "Swift Wind," at this year's Sake and Sakura event. Photo by Faith Logsdon.
Rain the prior night didn't dampen our spirits but our equipment left its mark!
Our celebrations will continue in May in St. Louis' beloved Forest Park. May is designated Asian and Pacific Islander's month, paying tribute to the generations of Asians and Pacific Islanders who have enriched our country's history, and the Japan America Society of St. Louis has partnered with the Missouri History Museum and the St. Louis Art Museum to provide two free events honoring Japanese heritage.
Sunday, May 5 we will be at the Missouri History Museum for the seventh annual Celebration of Japanese Culture
event. The event begins at 11:00 AM with a shishimai
, or lion dance, performance. Activities continue into the afternoon, with calligraphy and Ikebana
(flower arranging) demonstrations, tea ceremony, kimono displays, an introduction to zen meditation, and storytelling. Families can also enjoy a presentation honoring Children's Day, a national holiday in Japan. Check out the complete schedule
of events and spend the afternoon at the museum!
Following the History Museum, we will be at the St. Louis Art Museum on Sunday, May 19 for the annual Passport to Japan
event. The event takes place from 1:00 to 4:00 PM; highlights include a traditional bon
dance, the delicate art of origami, and a taiko performance at the Grace Taylor Broughton Sculpture Garden at 1:30.
*Taiko will be moved to the auditorium in the event of inclement weather.
We hope to see you next month in Forest Park!
Celebrate Mom with AmazonSmile
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12. If you're shopping for your wife, mother, grandmother, or any important mom in your life, please consider shopping on AmazonSmile where your purchase can also support St. Louis Osuwa Taiko. Simply visit AmazonSmile
and select St. Louis Osuwa Taiko as your preferred organization, and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to our group, which helps us to maintain our studio, equipment and costumes. Thank you for your support!