Japan Day 2018 Stage Performances



10:30AM Soh Daiko - Japanese Taiko Drumming

10:50AM TMH Dance feat. Ayami, Kaori, Haruka & Keito - Dance (Hip Hop, Jazz)

11:10AM Speeches/Proclamation

11:20AM Japan Day Art Contest - Award Ceremony

11:40AM Dream Yosacoy Festival Global Promotion Foundation - Yosacoy Naruko Dance



12:25PM International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan - Karate Demonstration

12:45PM Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York - Bon Odori

1:05PM JHM Jams - Band (Pop/Jazz)

1:25PM TATE Hatoryu NY - Japanese Sword Fight Performing Arts



2:25PM COBU - Japanese Taiko Drumming & Dance

2:50PM Kana Uemura - Vocals

3:20PM Puffy AmiYumi - Vocals

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Sandra Endo

Sandra Endo is a television news correspondent on KTTV Los Angeles, Fox 11 News. Endo covers breaking news and feature reports for Good Day LA. She moved back to her hometown of Los Angeles after spending most of her career on the East Coast. Before making the move back to LA, she worked for CNN based in Washington DC. Her stories have appeared on prime time shows such as AC360 with Anderson Cooper. She also reported on the devastating tsunami and earthquake that struck Japan in 2011, as well as the international conflicts in Egypt and the U.S involvement in Libya. Prior to joining CNN, Endo was a political reporter, host and anchor for NY1, covering a wide array of campaigns, the transit strike of 2005 and reporting around the clock after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. A California native, Endo is a second-generation Japanese American and is an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association. @sandraendotv

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Soh Daiko

Soh Daiko was established as the first taiko drumming group on the East Coast in 1979 under the guidance of the New York Buddhist Church. Reverend Hozen Seki gave the name “Soh Daiko” which means “peace, harmony, working together.” The group gained early instruction from taiko players who taught basic techniques and philosophy as well as drum building; and later, the group received advanced instruction from Sensei Seiichi Tanaka of San Francisco Taiko Dojo. Soh Daiko’s current members come from diverse backgrounds and professions. The group’s repertoire includes traditional compositions from Shinto music, adaptations of existing taiko compositions, and original arrangements by its own members. Soh Daiko’s presentation also features movement and choreography, requiring strength, endurance, and energy, making for an exciting performance experience. Soh Daiko has performed at celebrated venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Radio City Music Hall, receiving critical acclaim from The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Dance Magazine.

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TMH Dance feat. Ayami, Kaori, Haruka & Keito

TMH Dance joins the Japan Day @ Central Park program featuring many of its wonderful artists. Kicks, the TMH student group, has performed at the Revolution Competition. There they received amazing praise and placed second overall. The group OZIXILE is composed of businessmen from around NYC. Versatile dancer Ayami Kato specializes in funk dance including Locking, Waacking and traditional house dance in New York City. Kaori Hiwasa, dancer and choreographer, works in all forms of dance from street to contemporary styles. Keito Ito works as a dancer for several artists, including touring with Kana Nishino as a backup dancer. He is also the choreographer/dancer for the Japanese pop duo Chemistry. Haruka Honoki is the first Japanese solo female dancer to reach the finals at the Apollo Theater Amateur Night in 2017. www.tmhdance.com



Dream Yosacoy Festival Global Promotion Foundation

Official team to promote the opening of the next “Dream Yosacoy Festival in New York City.” This original festival takes place in Tokyo, Japan, every November, co-organized with Tokyo City and Fuji TV, consisting of 6000 dancers and attended by 900,000 spectators. It has grown to be known as one of the new features to Tokyo City. Dream Yosacoy is actively involved in the projects toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics / Paralympic Games, including the Minato Cooperation Project for Cultural Program. In 2013, they organized the Festival in Times Square as the first Dream Yosacoy to be organized outside of Japan. With its success, in May of 2017 it held its 3rd installment. With the “Naruko” as their symbol, their wish is to spread the spirit of Dream Yosacoy, a festival promoting inclusion no matter what background or ability.    http://www.dreamyosacoy.jp

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International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan

Kyokushinkaikan is the worldwide governing body for KYOKUSHIN™ Karate, with schools in 120 countries and over 10 million members. Kyokushin Karate NY is an IKO-Direct Branch with 3 locations in the Tri-State area. With programs for all ages and abilities, KYOKUSHIN stresses the basics of practical training in order to prepare students to avoid conflict, as in the Way of Budo, the honor code of the Samurai. The philosophy of the IKO Kyokushinkaikan is to contribute to society through international exchange and education of youth, to impart an appreciation for life and humanity. The ultimate goal of the IKO Kyokushinkaikan is to advance World Peace.


Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York

Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY, Inc was founded in 1992 by Momo Suzuki (teacher and director). The group celebrates and performs in myriad festivals.The group was created to give all the opportunity to enjoy Japanese Dance.Today they will be performing Bonodori, the raucous dance of the summer Bon Festival. New York Ondo led by Momo Suzuki made its World Premiere at Japan Day 2010 and was a great success. It uses the traditional spirit and movements of the Bon Odori dance to celebrate the four seasons in a way that is uniquely New York. New York Ondo features an English verse at the end!

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JHM Jams

Praised by the New York Times for his "dynamic performance" and “polished and spirited interpretation,” cellist Ken Kubota founded JHM Jams as a way to explore the non-classical genre in contrast to his classical training at Juilliard. Videos that Ken has produced have been shared and acknowledged by pop heavyweights such as Mike Posner, DNCE, Bebe Rexha, AJR, Marc E. Bassy, Vice, Sandro Cavazza, Justin Jesso, Carlie Hanson, Alan Walker, Demi Lovato and the Chainsmokers, as well as the radio station Classic FM (UK), Glamour (Magazine), The Strad (Magazine), The Violin Channel (Classical Music News Source) and the entertainment company Lionsgate. JHM Jams delivers short casual pop covers every Tuesday and Friday on Instagram (@kkubota8) and YouTube (JHMJams), and does not have a set instrumentation or members as Ken values diverse collaboration with his talented friends and colleagues, as well as his fans. www.kenjameskubota.com


TATE Hatoryu NY

Since its establishment in Purchase / White Plains in 2014, the Tate Hatoryu New York Dojo has taught Tate sword fighting, which is one of the traditional art forms in Japan. While they teach the accurate movement and techniques to control the sword, they also teach the Bushido spirit and mindset to understand the importance of having respect.  In 2016, they opened the Manhattan class, which is highly appreciated especially by the actors for practical knowledge and technique that could be applied on stage and film. This year the first movie produced by the Dojo "The First Samurai in New York" won the Best Fight with Weapons award at the Artemis Motion Pictures Women in Action Film Festival in LA, and is now selected to be shown at 5 different film festivals.




COBU, based in New York City, was created as a Live Rhythm Performing Arts Group in 2000. Yako Miyamoto, the founder of Cobu, is a veteran member of the Off-Broadway musical STOMP. COBU combines elements of the Japanese traditional Taiko drumming with NY style street dancing. COBU’s motto is ‘Dance like Drumming, Drum like Dancing,’ inspired by the combined sounds of New York and traditional Japanese culture. Their signature sound is created organically through acoustic instruments rather than digital transcription. This juxtaposition of traditional modernity makes COBU a particularly unique and original performing arts group. COBU has been featured in major venues including Madison Square Garden in NYC. Hollywood movie director, Mr. Duane Adler, developed a 3D film based on Yako Miyamoto called “Make Your Move / COBU 3D” which was released in the USA in 2014. In 2017and 2018, COBU debuted in Milan, Venice and Switzerland and their performances were successfully sold out.

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Kana Uemura

Kana Uemura is a Gold record-selling singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Japan. She has enjoyed much success over the years with her music being featured on popular radio and TV stations across Japan as well as publishing an autobiography. She is best known for her song "Goddess of the Bathroom," an acoustic ballad about her grandmother, which became a #1 hit in 2010. That year she also won two Japan Record Awards: Best Song and Best Songwriter of the Year with her album “Pieces of Me." She credits Julie Andrews' performance in The Sound of Music as her inspiration to write, sing, and play music. Since signing with King Records in 2005, Kana Uemura has released nine studio albums, thirteen singles, an English songs cover album, and 16 music videos. Uemura moved to New York in 2016 and has been performing in New York and other major cities in the U.S. and Japan.


Puffy AmiYumi

In 1996, PUFFY debuted with the single "Asia no Junshin" produced by Tamio Okuda. Afterward, they continued to release hit songs such as "Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi," "Circuit no Musume," "Nagisa ni Matsuwaru Et Cetera," and many more. Their very own cartoon "Hi! Hi! Puffy AmiYumi" aired on America's No.1 cartoon channel "Cartoon Network" in over 110 countries. Since then, they have  been active all over the world as Japan's pop icons.