Fifth Year Memorial Service for Nidaime

On Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, HDAHF was joined by the family and friends of Karen Fujishima-Lee, (Hanayagi Mitsuaki II) affectionately called “Nidaime” by her students, at Kotohira Jinsha Shrine for her Fifth Year Memorial Service. The service was an opportunity to remember her life and honor the continued presence of her spirit in the lives of those around her. Her O-Ihai, memorial tablet, was also enshrined at Kotohira, where friends and family may now pay their respects and present offerings. After the ceremony, the party adjourned to a lovely lunch at Natsunoya Teahouse and were entertained by by a few of Nidaime’s students dancing three pieces she had choreographed.

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Dance Symposium with Hanayagi Tomo-sensei

July 16 – 22, HDAHF was again honored to host Hanayagi Tomo-sensei, who made the long trip from the Hanayagi Ryu headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. She offered her expert and insightful teaching skills to a few of the older students in private lessons during the week and then also to all of the HDAHF students in an Odori Workshop on Saturday. The Dance Symposium was made possible by the efforts of our students’ parents, our natori, who provided meals, rides and other supports during the week, and the generosity of the Kotohoira Jinsha, who provided space and support. We were also honored to receive a grant from the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation as part of their effort to “promote and sponsor cultural programs and activities.”

Domo arigato gozaimasu to all the participants and supporters who made this wonderful event possible!

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!

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!!

Autumn Festivals

HDAHF was asked to entertain at three different Autumn Festivals this season. First was Daijingu Temple of Hawaii on 9/12/2010 and later in the month at our own Kotohira Jinsha on 9/26/2010. Finally, we were asked to perform at Izumo Taisha on 10/10/2010 where we haven’t been for a few years.

 

 

 

 

Chinowa/Pet Blessing 2010

On June 6th, Kotohira Jinsha had it’s annual Pet Blessing and Chinowa Festival. Since the Jinsha has so many ties to us, many HDAHF teachers and students were on hand to help out with preparations, blessings, and selling omamori, or charms 🙂 We saw lots of cute dogs and cats, plus some birds, bunnies, hamsters, lizards, and even a (plush) unicorn! After getting blessed, visitors could not only buy refreshments for themselves but they also could pick up things like chicken flavored shave ice for their four-footed friends.

Kotohira Spring Taisai

HDAHF performed two dance pieces (Shin Fuji Musume and Men Asobi) and a shamisen piece (Nezumi Guruma) for the annual Spring Festival at Kotohira Jinsha.