Kodomo no Hi – Keiki Fun Fest 2012

On  April 29, HDAHF performed at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i as part of the Kodomo no Hi – Keiki Fun Fest. The courtyard stage was quite blustery – but all of the dancers kept dancing despite the winds :)Thank you to Mitsuemi-sensei for taking care of the forms with JCCH, Mitsuai-sensei, Mikami-sensei and Samei-sensei for dressing our students and to all of our loyal parents and grandparent (Mitsuasa-sensei) who supported their children!

Domo arigatougozaimasu!
Hanayagi Mitsutamae
Principal

Sakazuki – Kineya Saritsu and Hanayagi Mitsujyuro

Sakazuki-goto is a ritual of exchanging sake cups as a means of pledging loyalty. On Sunday April 29, 2012, the natori of both the Hanayagi and Kineya schools gathered at Natsunoya Teahouse to welcome the newest members of their artistic families. Kineya Saritsu (Alyssa Erika Fujihara) and Hanayagi Mitsujyuro (Bryson Teruo Goda) both recently took their shiken (test) to receive their natori names and this ceremony officially welcomed them into the schools as a sister and brother to all the other members.

Spring Taisai 2012

HDAHF perfomed at Kotohira Jinsha’s annual Spring Thanksgiving or Taisai festival on April 15, 2012. Hanayagi Mitsujyuro and Jill M. danced for the guests and Kineya Sakio sang while Kineya Samei accompanied him in the shamisen. This year, the Kotohira Jinsha also gave an education scholarship to our own Bryson G. as well as to three other university students. This is the first year they have offered scholarships! Domo arigatogozaimasu!

Maizome 2012

The Hanayagi Dancing Academy-Hawaii Foundation’s annual Maizome or first recital of the year was a great success! The performance was held on February 11, 2012 at the Mission Memorial Auditorium.

In addition to having shamisen and Nihon buyo performances by all of our current students, HDAHF was also proud to honor a few of of its students for their years of study with the Academy. The professional stage name of Hisamatsu Sumiko was bestowed on Sumiko Holmes for her achievements in dance. Senior Nihon buyo (dance) Certificates were awarded to Jill Ann Mari N. and Alyssa Erika F. Sophmore  Nihon buyo went to Sarah Chiemi H. Junior Shamisen Certificates went to Ally Akemi C. and Jill Ann Mari N. Sophomore Shamisen went to Yukiko S.

Hale Pulama Mau

HDAHF performed at Hale Pulama Mau (Kuakini Medical Center) on Sunday, January 29, 2012 for some of the long-term care residents. We performed many of the pieces from our upcoming Maizome (recital) and the audience appeared to enjoy our efforts! Thank you to Kuakini Medical Center for inviting us!

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New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival 2012

As part of its New Year’s tradition, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i rang in 2012 with its annual New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival on Sunday, January 8, 2012 . This fun-filled event featured food, crafts, entertainment and cultural demonstrations of the people who make up this island state. HDAHF performed a selection of dances and one shamisen piece!

 

Introducing… Hanayagi Mitsujyuro!

Over the winter break, Bryson (Teruo) Goda traveled to the Hanayagi headquarters in Tokyo, Japan to take his natori (master performer) examination. He returned home last week as….Hanayagi Mitsujyuro!!!!!! Omedetou gozaimasu to Mitsujyuro-sensei and to his parents, Linda and Ben Goda!!!! We are all so very proud of our newest Hanayagi natori!

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2011 HDAHF Christmas Party

Thanks to all our friends and family who attended the annual HDAHF Christmas Party! It was great to spend time together and catch up on the last year.

Shichigosan Blessing

MAHALO to the natoris (Itsue-sensei, Mikami-sensei, Mitsuai-sensei, Mistuyasu-senseiMitsunayo-sensei, Mitsuemi-sensei, Mitsuasa-sensei), and also to our students (Teruo, Stacie, Erika, Bethany, Akemi) for assisting at Kotohira Jinsha’s Shichigosan from Oct. 17 – Nov. 20. On the last day of Shichigosan, Reverend Takizawa expressed his appreciation to all of the Hanayagi natoris and students, and Shinken Naitoh, President of the Board of Directors, presented our school with $2000. Domo arigato gozaumasu to Reverend Takizawa and Kotohira Jinsha for their very generous donation to us!!

United Japanese Society’s Memorial Service

Our principal, Hanayagi Mitsutamae-sensei represented HDAHF at the United Japanese Society’s Annual Memorial Service on Saturday, November 19 at the Honpa Hongwanji Mission on Pali Highway. This annual event is held to remember departed members. Both our Oshisho-san (Hanyagi Mitsuaki I) and Nidaime (Mitsuaki II) were recognized at the Memorial Service.

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