Japanese Lessons

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Monthly Archives: September 2018

2018 Japanese Culture Show

I held the second Japanese Culture Show on Saturday, June 23rdat my home office. I wanted to introduce some aspects of the Japanese culture in this show and it was a collaborative show with several artists. The show consisted of ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement), nihonbuyō(Japanese classical dancing), shodô(Japanese calligraphy), and Japanese songs.

First of all, I would like to apologize for not being able to post about the event until now. Please accept my apologies.

Secondly, I would like to thank all the performers for spending your precious time to present your amazing skills and talents for us. We understand that you devoted years and decades to practice and improve your professions and we all appreciate your efforts. Also, I would like to thank my students and their family/friends for attending the show with short notice and for being very patient to watch the show for one hour and a half in a very crowded room.

I would like to express a special thank you to Shino-san (Ms. Shino Onakahara) for coming all the way from Japan and performing outstanding Japanese classical dancing, nihonbuyō, and Japanese calligraphy,shodō. I also would like to thank Miyako-san (Mrs. Miyako Ballesteros), for performing the Japanese flower arrangement, ikebana.

Finally, I would like to thank Mr. Dunnery Bond for singing a song in Japanese absolutely beautifully and Mr. Yousef Aram Mousavi for practicing and performing his guitar as accompaniment for my Japanese traditional song and anime songs. Dunnery is a professional singer and pianist, but he has never studied the Japanese language. With his special musical talent and abilities, he was able to sing the Japanese song with less than 10 minutes of practice when we practiced for the first time.  Yousef is a professional guitarist and he has been my student for more than two years. He has been kindly sharing his time despite his busy schedule with teaching guitar and performing music, and playing the guitar for me when we have special occasions.

I would like to plan our next show sometime around June 2019. I will do my best to inform everyone about the show as soon as possible. Thank you very much for all of your kind support and donations to help my special friends who helped me to make this show happen.