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Home JPA Cultural Programs on Governors Island 2019 Bon Odori Festival  on Governors Island @ Outlook Hill    Photo by Robert & Yoko Essel Join! JPA Bon Odori Festival Governors Island August 30 & 31, 2019 Thank you very much for coming and participating our performance and activities!  Your support and cheer made our festival successful!   Thank you!


August 30 & 31, @ Outlook Hill on Governors Island, NYC. 14 special dancers and musicians came to dance for this festival from the land of Nishimonai Bon Odori, in Akita prefecture, Japan!   .


@ Outlook Hill on Governors Island Historical details on Big Three Bon Odori  歴史ある日本三大盆踊りについてはこちらです。(英語)  Nishimonai Bon Odori (Akita Prefecture)   Gujo Odori  (Gifu Prefecture)   Awa Odori  (Tokushima Prefecture) 7:30-9 pm   @ Outlook Hill  (Performance) 12-8 pm     @ Nolan Park    (Festival) 7:30-9 pm  @ Outlook Hill  (Performance) Friday, August 30 Saturday, August 31 August 30 & 31, 2019

Seika Takeuchi is from Japan. She has trained for ten years in various types of dance. Since coming to New York City to study at Borough of Brooklyn College as a Theatre major, some of her acting credits include Measure for Measure (Tribeca Performing Arts Center), Marco Millions (The Brick), and stage reading of Mutually Exclusive in The Brick Theater.

Seika Takeuchi

Miyu Yokota is originally from Tokyo, Japan and pursuing her dream as a performer. Her major works in theatre include Water By the Spoonful (Orangutan, Kaye Playhouse), The Arsonist (Anna, Tribeca Performing Art Center), Antigone (The Baker Theatre Library), and American Rhapsody (Manhattan Concert Production Choir, Carnegie Hall). She hosted The Rough and Tumble Cabaret Show several times and accomplished her dream to become a stand-up comedian. She is graduating from Hunter College with a BA in Theatre Arts in December 2019.

Miyu Yokota

Ryo Shiba is an attorney by day, a dancer, singer, novelist, and podcaster by night. Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and came to the United States after college. Ryo joined JPA in 2015, and has been an important member of JPA’s Iwami Kagura troupe ever since.

Ryo Shiba

JPA Main MC MC for Sumo Match & Watermelon Splitting - Twins New York (Japanese Youtuber in NYC) MC for Wanage Contest - Hello, New York! Ch (Japanese Youtuber in NYC)

Rina is a classical music trained performer, proud Japanese native from Tokyo. She graduated from AMDA with a professional training in Musical Theater, also has a BA in Classical Voice from Tokyo University of the Arts. Recent credits include the Connie Wang in A Chorus Line, Miranda in The Tempest, Lori/Woman in Romantic Fools, Hannah/Sadie in Oy!. Joined Caston-Clark Productions NYC Choreographer’s Forum as a tap dancer. As a singer she performed in Opera Gala concert at Carnegie Hall, and joined the production cast on the Viking Ocean Cruise Line. Special skills; Kick Boxing, owning traditional kimono, and Japanese Tea Ceremony practitioner.


Rina Maejima

born in Kochi, Japan.

She is New York based Musical actress, Singer and Dancer.

She graduated from Showa University of Music's School of Musical Theater. Then she became a professional dancer of Tokyo Disney Land.

Credits include Miss Saigon (GIGI), A Chorus Line (Connie),  FAME (Carmen), Sound of Music (Brigitta), Jesus Christ Superstar (Chorus), The gift of the Magi (Ensemble)

Mai Nishioka

Nolan Park Take a ferry to  Governors Island (8 min ride) Ferry Departures / Arrivals Nolan Park (Festival) Outlook Hill (Performance) How to get to Governors Island Practice Sessions! Prior to the actual event, Bon Odori Prep Session  is held every Sunday!   Join us to maximize  the experience at the actual event! 先駆けて盆踊りの練習をしてみませんか?  JPAでは当日楽しく踊って頂くために 事前の盆踊り稽古を行っております!  ご興味のある方は是非ご参加下さい! Volunteers @ Nolan Park on Governors Island Photo by Robert & Yoko Essel