PERFORMANCE TIMELINE

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Taiko - Isaku Kageyama

Isaku Kageyama is a taiko performer and educator working with Los Angeles Taiko Institute and Asano Taiko US UnitOne. His resume includes performances on networks such as NBC and VH1, venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and tours of across the world.

He is also a two-time National Odaiko (large drum) Champion, becoming the youngest person to win highest honors at the Mt. Fuji Odaiko Contest in 2000, and Hokkaido in 2003.

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Mikoshi

A mikoshi (Japanese: 神輿) is a sacred religious palanquin (also translated as portable Shinto shrine). Shinto followers believe that it serves as the vehicle to transport a deity in Japan while moving between main shrine and temporary shrine during a festival or when moving to a new shrine.

During a matsuri (Japanese festival) involving a mikoshi, people bear the mikoshi on their shoulders by means of two, four (or sometimes, rarely, six) poles. They bring the mikoshi from the shrine, carry it around the neighborhoods that worship at the shrine, and in many cases leave it in a designated area, resting on blocks called uma (horse), for a time before returning it to the shrine.

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Kyokushin Karate

Kyokushin (極真) is a style of stand-up fighting and was founded in 1964 by Korean-Japanese Masutatsu Oyama (大山倍達 Ōyama Masutatsu). "Kyokushin" is Japanese for "the ultimate truth". It is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training. Its full contact style has international appeal (practitioners have over the last 40+ years numbered more than 12 million).

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Burai Productions

A Japanese Entertainment Group based in California.
Theater performances, Event appearance, Films...You name it!

Past Projects:
2011 How To Measure Happiness (Egyptian Extension Theatre)
2014 BURAI -Standing All Alone-(Theatre Theater)
2015 BURAI -Standing All Alone-(Aratani Theatre)
2016~ Events:
Nisei Obon Festival
Nisei week Fashion Show
Geisha Fashion Show
Japan Expo
Ninjya Convention
Ronin Convention

The Wagaku Collective

Los Angeles-based Japanese traditional performing arts ensemble! We make music on Tsugaru shamisen, Okinawan sanshin, shakuhachi, shinobue, taiko & percussion.