The event features thrilling cultural performances including Judo, Iai (martial arts using swords), Koto (Japanese harp), Musha (samurai warrior display), Nihon-Buyo (traditional dance), and authentic Japanese Taiko drumming by the Orlando Taiko Dojo, among others. Performances will also feature a collaboration between the powerful rhythmic beats of the Matsuriza Taiko Drummers and the ballet choreography of Chiaki Yasukawa, former leading artist for the Orlando Ballet for 18 years.
As another special treat, the Consulate General of Japan in Miami is sponsoring an exclusive guest performance by virtuoso musician Marco Lienhard, who will be playing the Shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese flute. Lienhard is the founder and leader of Taikoza in New York, an ensemble of musicians that features Taiko, Shakuhachi, and Fue in unique, mind-blowing performances that energize the senses.
Additionally, the Orlando Japan Festival offers guests the chance to try on traditional kimonos, participate in a raffle, learn origami, join in the Bon Odori dance, play Japanese carnival games, watch a cosplay fashion show, and enjoy a live performance by the 100-drummer Taiko ensemble.
Japanese food, drinks, arts, crafts, jewelry and more are also available to purchase from dozens of vendors.
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