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Watch aerial video from JPA Big Three Bon Odori performance on Governors Island

Kimono Exhibition 2022

Orochi at JapanFest in Atlanta, GA

Japan Parade 2022

Event on Governors Island 2022

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2021 - 2022

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Last Sunday, we enjoyed our Awa Odori dance practice surrounded by the beautiful autumn leaves under the blue sky! Many people watched us dance, smiling! It was our last session of Awa Odori practice in 2022, but it was also the first practice toward the Japan Parade in May, 2023! We learned the new choreography and practiced with live music for the first time! Can't wait until we dance together with those who couldn't join this time. We will resume our practice in January! Thank you again for joining JPA Awa Odori practice this year! See you in January 2023!

JPANYC #JPANY #toray #dance #awaodori #practice #CentralPark #parade #performance #rehearsal #japanese #japan #japanesearts #Heritage #generationtogeneration #tradition #kimonoculture #groupdance #together #2023 #JapanParade #May #autumn #leaves #beauty #bluesky
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Last Sunday, we enjoyed our Awa Odori dance practice surrounded by the beautiful autumn leaves under the blue sky! Many people watched us dance, smiling! It was our last session of Awa Odori practice in 2022, but it was also the first practice toward the Japan Parade in May, 2023! We learned the new choreography and practiced with live music for the first time! Cant wait until we dance together with those who couldnt join this time. We will resume our practice in January! Thank you again for joining JPA Awa Odori practice this year! See you in January 2023!  
JPANYC #JPANY #Toray #dance #Awaodori #practice  #centralpark #parade #performance #rehearsal #Japanese #Japan #japanesearts #heritage #generationtogeneration #tradition #kimonoculture #groupdance #together #2023 #Japanparade #May #autumn #leaves #beauty #blueskyImage attachment

JPA Emcees for the Kimono event on October 29th were Assiya Van & Hatsuko Otsuka.

The show was successful because of their excellent hosting!! Thank you, Assiya and Hatsuko! @bubblyarakanakira

Hair by Satoshi Ikeda @satoshiikeda120
Kimono dressed by Mayumi Maeda @holamanya & Mika Saijo @mikansa

Photo by Robert Essel @esselphoto & Yoko Essel @yokoessel.happa

#JPANYC #JPANY #performance #show #dance #kimono #education #costume #event #hair #culture #Japanese #Japan #japanesearts #hairset #hairdesigns #fashion #stage #theater #sustainablefashion #ecofriendly #beauty #traditional #tradition #heritage #tradition
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JPA Emcees for the Kimono event on October 29th were Assiya Van & Hatsuko Otsuka.  
The show was successful because of their excellent hosting!! Thank you, Assiya and Hatsuko!  @bubblyarakanakira
Hair by Satoshi Ikeda @satoshiikeda120
Kimono dressed by Mayumi Maeda @holamanya & Mika Saijo @mikansa
Photo by Robert Essel @esselphoto & Yoko Essel @yokoessel.happa
#JPANYC #JPANY #performance #show #dance #kimono #education  #costume #event #hair #culture #Japanese #Japan #japanesearts #hairset #hairdesigns #fashion #stage #theater #sustainablefashion #ecofriendly #beauty #traditional #tradition #heritage  #tradition

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Amazing program.. Thank you cery much for making it happen JPA. xoxoxo

Fujimusume (Wisteria Maiden) performed by Midori Anami at OPERA America on Oct 29th 2022.

Fujimusume is one of the most famous dance pieces of Nihon buyo (traditional Japanese dance). The original inspiration for the dance piece is from a painting by a renowned artist during the Edo period-it was later adapted for the Kabuki performance. The story is about a wisteria fairy who falls in love with a human man. The dance piece demonstrates the combination of the beauty of wisteria with that of a woman.

Photo by Nana Miki (First 2 photos), Robert Essel & Yoko Essel (all other photos)

Hair set done by Satoshi Ikeda

Consume dressed by Mayumi Maeda.

#JPANYC #JPANY #performance #show #dance #kimono #education #costume #wisteria #hair #culture #Japanese #Japan #japanesearts #hairset #hairdesigns #fashion #stage #theater #kabuki #nichibu #nihonbuyo #tradision #traditional #heritage #movement #girl #fairy
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Fujimusume (Wisteria Maiden) performed by Midori Anami at OPERA America on Oct 29th 2022. 
Fujimusume is one of the most famous dance pieces of Nihon buyo (traditional Japanese dance). The original inspiration for the dance piece is from a painting by a renowned artist during the Edo period-it was later adapted for the Kabuki performance. The story is about a wisteria fairy who falls in love with a human man. The dance piece demonstrates the combination of the beauty of wisteria with that of a woman.
Photo by Nana Miki (First 2 photos), Robert Essel & Yoko Essel (all other photos) 
Hair set done by Satoshi Ikeda 
Consume dressed by Mayumi Maeda.
#JPANYC #JPANY #performance #show #dance #kimono #education  #costume #wisteria #hair #culture #Japanese #Japan #japanesearts #hairset #hairdesigns #fashion #stage #theater #kabuki #nichibu #nihonbuyo #tradision #traditional #heritage  #movement #girl #fairyImage attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment

The ladies are the assistants/models for the JPA kimono event on October 29th!

From left, Tsuyako Takahashi, Tomoko Takedani Sater, Taka Nishimura, Masako Okamura, Aasiya Van, Nancy Castro and Hatsuko Otsuka

Showing their hair designs and obi decorations!

Photo by RT Robert Essel &Yoko Essel

Hair by Mika Saijo, Satoshi Ikeda and
Mayumi Maeda

Kimono dressed by Mayumi Maeda & Mika Saijo

JPANYC #JPANY #performance #show #dance #kimono #education #costume #knowledge #sustainablefashion #culture #Japanese #Japan #japanesearts #hairset #hairdesigns #stage #obi #decoration # #tratision #traditional #heritage #crafts #japancrafts #kimonoculture #woman
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The ladies are the assistants/models for the JPA kimono event on October 29th!     
From left, Tsuyako Takahashi, Tomoko Takedani Sater, Taka Nishimura, Masako Okamura, Aasiya Van, Nancy Castro and Hatsuko Otsuka 
Showing their hair designs and obi decorations! 
Photo by RT Robert Essel &Yoko Essel
Hair by Mika Saijo, Satoshi Ikeda and 
Mayumi Maeda 
Kimono dressed by Mayumi Maeda & Mika Saijo
JPANYC #JPANY #performance #show #dance #kimono #education  #costume #knowledge #sustainablefashion #culture #Japanese #Japan #japanesearts #hairset #hairdesigns #stage #obi #decoration # #tratision #traditional #heritage #crafts #japancrafts #kimonoculture #womanImage attachment

Photo by Robert Essel @esselphoto and Yoko Essel @yokoessel.happa

Dressed by Mika Saijo @mikansa

Yuko Hamada performed three pieces of traditional Japanese dance at the National Opera Center (Opera America in New York City) for JPA Kimono project 2022 on Saturday, October 29th.

These six photos are from the first piece, Kurokami, originated from a scene of Kabuki play, which portrayed an actual historical female figure. She presented a strategic marriage idea between her lover, a military commander, and an enemy lord’s daughter. Her dance piece in kabuki is the scene of the woman alone combing her hair and thinking of her lover on the strategic marriage wedding day.

Now that it has become a Nichibu dance piece, the love relationship can be freely arranged, and many dancers perform "Kurokami" as a role of a lonely woman wishing her lover were with her.


#JPANYC #JPANY #performance #show #dance #kimono #education #costume #wig #hair #culture #Japanese #Japan #japanesearts #hairset #hairdesigns #fashion #stage #theater #kabuki #nichibu #nihonbuyo #tratision #traditional #heritage #love #wishing #lover #symbol #woman
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4 weeks ago
Photo by Robert Essel @esselphoto and Yoko Essel @yokoessel.happa
Dressed by Mika Saijo @mikansa
Yuko Hamada performed three pieces of traditional Japanese dance at the National Opera Center (Opera America in New York City) for JPA Kimono project 2022 on Saturday, October 29th.
These six photos are from the first piece, Kurokami, originated from a scene of Kabuki play, which portrayed an actual historical female figure. She presented a strategic marriage idea between her lover, a military commander, and an enemy lord’s daughter. Her dance piece in kabuki is the scene of the woman alone combing her hair and thinking of her lover on the strategic marriage wedding day.
Now that it has become a Nichibu dance piece, the love relationship can be freely arranged, and many dancers perform Kurokami as a role of a lonely woman wishing her lover were with her.
#JPANYC #JPANY #performance #show #dance #kimono #education  #costume #wig #hair #culture #Japanese #Japan #japanesearts #hairset #hairdesigns #fashion #stage #theater #kabuki #nichibu #nihonbuyo #tratision #traditional #heritage #love #wishing #lover #symbol #womanImage attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

Thank you for coming to see our kimono event last night! Midori Anami performed the full length Fujimusume (Wisteria Maiden), one of the most famous traditional Japanese dance pieces. The photo shows the first scene of Fujimusume wearing a hat and holding wisteria flowers. Her hair was done without a wig by Satoshi Ikeda. Her dress was arranged by Mayumi Maeda.

Photo by Robert Essel & Yoko Essel

#performance #dance #Japanese #kimono #traditionaldance #classicdance #perform #costume #red #fwisteria #stage #theater #production #Japan #japanarts #arts #art #wisdom #heritage #education #educational #fairytale #story #oldstory #woman #girl #young
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4 weeks ago
Thank you for coming to see our kimono event last night!    Midori Anami performed the full length Fujimusume (Wisteria Maiden), one of the most famous traditional Japanese dance pieces. The photo shows the first scene of Fujimusume wearing a hat and holding wisteria flowers. Her hair was done without a wig by Satoshi Ikeda. Her dress was arranged by Mayumi Maeda.   
Photo by Robert Essel & Yoko Essel 
#performance #dance #Japanese #kimono #traditionaldance #classicdance  #perform #costume #red #fwisteria #stage #theater #production  #Japan #japanarts #arts #art #wisdom #heritage #education #educational #fairytale #story #oldstory #woman #girl #young
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