Press Releases

8-30-2017

Appreciation of Japanese Culture at 10th Festival of Japan

 Laramie, Wyoming,. The Japan-America Society of Wyoming (JASWY), in partnership with the Laramie High School International and NHK Clubs, will present the tenth Festival of Japan from 2:00 to 4:30 PM on Saturday October 7th, 2017 in the theater of the Laramie High School located at 1710 Boulder Drive, near the Laramie Recreation Center.  Admission is free and the event is open to the public, with general seating and no reservations required.




The 5-member taiko ensemble of Mirai Daiko from Arvada, Colorado and One World Taiko from San Francisco, California, will highlight the Festival with a one-hour visually and musically exciting performance of traditional and modern Japanese style drumming. Both groups have performed at many venues domestically and internationally over decades. Taiko is based on four basic elements: mind, body, skill and manner. Taiko is an ancient percussive musical instrument which has been practiced more than 1200 years in Japan. Taiko, usually played in a group, was originally used in battle, to intimidate and frighten the enemy but has evolved into more of a jazz team style of entertainment.

JASWY President Ken Matsuno said "we are very excited to have the Mirai Daiko and One World Taiko  in Laramie and to have this event at the beautiful new Laramie High School Theater." Mirai Daiko has appeared in our festival three times in the past and has been gaining a solid reputation since 2008. Guest performers from San Francisco’s famous One World Taiko will join the Colorado group.  Taiko music can be appreciated by everyone regardless of age, language or musical knowledge.

Matsuno said other highlights of the festival will include a demonstration of karate by the Laramie Kempo Karate club headed by Ms. Amber Travsky, Japanese songs performed by local students currently studying Japanese language, and a Japanese dance demonstration by the Snowy Range International Folk Dance Club.

The audience will have a chance to participate in the taiko drumming and Japanese dancing.

Before and after the show as well as during the intermission, there will be an opportunity to purchase some Japanese snacks and items.  Small children will be invited to play a water balloon yo-yo fishing game in the lobby.

The Festival of Japan is co-sponsored by the Laramie High School International Club and the Japan Culture Club. This event is supported in part by a grant from Japan Foundation at Los Angeles.

 

Contact Information:                                            Event Information:

Ken Matsuno                                                         Festival of Japan

President, JASWY                                                 Sat. Oct. 7, 2:00-4:30 pm

307-721-5984                                            Laramie High School, 1710 Boulder Drive

jaswy@hotmail.com                                               Free Admission, open seating

                                              Enter- Boulder Dr and park at large parking lot


4-17-2017

The Japan-America Society of Wyoming (JASWY) will celebrate Children's Day on Saturday, April 29th, 2017, at the Albany County Public Library, Large Meeting Room, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

 

                  

                   

Children's Day is a national holiday in Japan which takes place annually on May 5, at which time many communities throughout Japan hold events to celebrate children. The purpose of this holiday is to respect children's personalities and to celebrate their healthy growth and happiness.
 

This JASWY Children's Day marks the tenth year that JASWY has partnered with the Library to sponsor the event.  We will also be assisted by the Laramie High School Japanese Culture Club.  The Children's Day celebration will include the following activities led by local volunteers: learning fun Japanese songs in Japanese and English, Learning a Japanese dance, reading of Japanese folk tales, Origami (paper folding of a Kabuto (helmet)), creating head bands, water balloon yo-yo fishing, and tasting Japanese foods (cookies, crackers, nori, squid, etc).  Children under age 8 are encouraged to attend. The event is free.

As part of this event, JASWY has placed some interesting Japanese items in the display case at the Albany County Public Library from April 1 until April 29th. This event is co-sponsored by the Albany County Public Library.

Contact information : jaswy @hotmail.com  www.jaswy.org


  

8-20-2016

Boulder TAIKO Hibiki TO RETURN TO FESTIVAL OF JAPAN 3rd Time

 Laramie, Wyoming, The Japan-America Society of Wyoming (JASWY) will present its nineth Festival of Japan・from 12:00 noon to 4:30 PM on Saturday September 24th, 2016 at the new Laramie High School located at 1710 Boulder Drive, near the Laramie Recreation Center. . Admission is free.

 

The five-member Boulder Taiko Hibiki (meaning "resonance"), created by Julia Misawa in May 2006 in Boulder, Colorado, will highlight the Festival with a one hour visually and musically exciting performance of traditional and modern Japanese style drumming. Misawa's troupe was trained for eight years in San Francisco under Taiko Master Seiichi Tanaka who brought Taiko from Japan to the U.S. almost 50 years ago. Taiko is based on four basic elements: mind, body, skill and  manner. Taiko is an ancient percussive musical instrument which has been practiced more than 1200 years in Japan. Taiko, usually played in a group, was originally used in battle, to intimidate and frighten the enemy but has evolved into more of a jazz team style of entertainment.

JASWY President Ken Matsuno said "we are very excited to have the Boulder Taiko Hibiki back in Laramie and to have this event at the new Laramie High School." They appeared in our festival in 2007and 2013. Boulder Taiko is a relatively new, dynamic ensemble that has been gaining a solid reputation since its inception ten years ago. Taiko music can be appreciated by everyone regardless of age, language or musical knowledge.


Matsuno said other highlights of the festival will include a demonstration of traditional Japanese fencing performed by members of the Cheyenne Budokan, and Japanese dance demonstration by Snowy Range International Folk Dance Club during the street fair between noon and 1:45PM in the Laramie High School cafeteria. There will also be a live demonstration of Japanese flower arranging, or ikebana, by a local expert .

At the Festival, from noon to 1:45 PM, the public will be invited to visit booths and exhibits 
that will be set up in the cafeteria. The exhibits will feature interactive demonstrations of 
paper folding (origami), ink brush writing (calligraphy), and creation of head bands with a motto 
inscribed on them. JASWY will sell Japanese food and drink, such as sushi, chicken
curry, takoyaki(fried minced octopus balls), shumai dumplings, a sweet bean rice cake called daifuku, 
rice crackers, cookies, and green tea. Visitors will have a chance to win raffle items such as 
Japanese tea set, and arranged flowers in a vase.
From 2:00 to 4:30 PM, the audience will be invited to the theater for a free show of Japanese taiko 
drumming by Boulder Taiko Hibiki,Japanese songs performed by local students currently studying Japanese language,
a demonstration by Laramie Kempo Karate club headed by Ms. Amber Travsky, and Shamisen demonstration by Ms.Naoko from California, accompanied by a local Koto player, Ayako.

  
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Founded by Laramie residents in December, 2005, JASWY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization

 whose mission is to promote understanding and friendship between the people of Wyoming and Japan 
through cultural, social, educational and professional interaction.

The Festival of Japan is co-sponsored by the Laramie High School International Club and NHK Club. 
This event is supported in part by a grant from Japan Foundation at Losa Angeles.


Contact Information:                                            Event Information:

Ken Matsuno                                                         Festival of Japan

President, JASWY                                                 Sat. Sep 24 , 12:00-4:30 pm

307-721-5984                                                         Laramie High School, 1710 Boulder Drive
.

jaswy@hotmail.com                                               Free Admission, open seating

                                              Enter- Boulder Dr and park at large parking lot


Children's Day Japanese Festival

  April 5, 2016

The Japan-America Society of Wyoming (JASWY) will celebrate Children's Day on Saturday, April 30th, 2016, at the Albany County Public Library, Large Meeting Room, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

 

                  

                   

Children's Day is a national holiday in Japan which takes place annually on May 5, at which time many communities throughout Japan hold events to celebrate children. The purpose of this holiday is to respect children's personalities and to celebrate their healthy growth and happiness.
 

This JASWY Children's Day marks the eighfth year that JASWY has partnered with the Library to sponsor the event.  We will also be assisted by the Laramie High School Japanese Culture Club.  The Children's Day celebration will include the following activities led by local volunteers: reading of Japanese folk tales, learning fun Japanese songs in Japanese and English, Origami (paper folding of a Kabuto (helmet)), creating head bands, crafting a turtle, and tasting Japanese foods (cookies nori, squid etc).  Children under age 8 are encouraged to attend. The event is free.

As part of this event, JASWY has placed some interesting Japanese items in the display case at the Albany County Public Library from April 4th until April 29th. This event is co-sponsored by the Albany County Public Library.

Contact information : jaswy @hotmail.com  www.jaswy.org

DENVER TAIKO will return TO PERFORM IN “FESTIVAL OF JAPAN”

   9-11-2015

Laramie, Wyoming—The Japan-America Society of Wyoming (JASWY) will present its eighth Festival of Japan on Saturday October 10, 2015 at the Laramie Senior High School1275 North 11th Street  Laramie, WY 82072). Admission is free.

A performance by the Denver Taiko Japanese drum group will be the highlight of the main show. It will be their third appearance at the festival since 2006.


Photoed by Laura Mahony Photography Inc.

Taiko is a traditional percussive musical instrument which has been used for more than 1200 years in Japan. The Denver  Taiko, which has been performing in Denver and around the region for 36 years, will give a one hour visually exciting performance of traditional and modern Japanese style drumming.  Audience participation will be invited.  In 2001, Denver Taiko received the Denver Mayor's annual award for Excellence in the Arts. A performance by Denver Taiko is a dynamic and propulsive event, a combination of structured rhythms and improvisational solos that roll together like thunder to stir your soul (and the seat of your pants.)  JASWY President Ken Matsuno said “we are very thrilled to have the Denver Taiko back again for our eighth Festival of Japan.  Their music can be appreciated by everyone regardless of age, language or musical knowledge.”

Matsuno said other highlights of the stage portion of the Festival will include a traditional wedding dance native to the island of Okinawa, Japan, Japanese songs performed by students currently studying Japanese language at Kelly Walsh high school in Casper, and a demonstration by Laramie Kempo Karate club headed by Ms. Amber Travsky. The dance will be performed by Ms.Kumi Matsuda from Okinawa wearing a beautiful authentic kimono.  The Consul-General of Japan in Denver, Mr. Makoto Ito, will also give  a brief welcoming speech.  All these performances will take place in the High School auditorium between 2:00 and 4:20 PM.  

The festival will also include a “street fair” between noon and 1:45 PM in the High School cafeteria.  At this time, there will be a demonstration of traditional Japanese fencing called “kendo” performed by members of the Laramie Kendo Club and the Cheyenne Budokan, and a workshop teaching Japanese folk dances by the Snowy Range International Folk Dance Club.
  The street fair will also feature interactive demonstrations of paper folding (origami), ink brush writing (calligraphy) and head band creation, and Yo-Yo balloon fishing game.

JASWY will sell Japanese food and drink (such as sushi, curry rice, sweet bean rice cakes called “Daifuku”, rice crackers, Japanese cookies and green tea), beautiful event tote bags, event t-shirts and other Japanese goods in the street fair.  We will also sell raffle tickets for a large “welcome cat” statuette and a treasure basket.

Founded by Laramie residents in December, 2005, JASWY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization whose mission is “to promote understanding and friendship between the people of Wyoming and Japan through cultural, social, educational and professional interaction.” 

For further information, please visit our web site at www.jaswy.org.

The Festival of Japan is co-sponsored by, the LHS (Laramie High School) International Club and LHS NHK (Nihon History Kulture) club. This event is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature.

Contact Information:                                         Event Information:

Ken Matsuno                                                         Festival of Japan

President, JASWY                                                 Sat. October 10, 12:00-4:20 pm

307-721-5984                                                         Laramie High School, 1275 N. 11th.

jaswy@hotmail.com                                               Free Admission, open seating

                                              Enter-Reynolds Street and park at large

                       parking lot.


Children's Day Japanese Festival 2015

 3-1-2015, Laramie, Wyoming・/span>The Japan-America Society of Wyoming (JASWY) will celebrate Children痴 Day on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, at the Albany County Public Library, Large Meeting Room, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Children痴 Day is a national holiday in Japan which takes place annually on May 5, at which time many communities throughout Japan hold events to celebrate children. The purpose of this holiday is to respect children's personalities and to celebrate their healthy growth and happiness.

 

This JASWY Children痴 Day marks the seventh year that JASWY has partnered with the Library to sponsor the event.  We will also be assisted by the Laramie High School Japanese Culture Club.  The Children痴 Day celebration will include the following activities led by local volunteers: reading of Japanese folk tales, learning fun Japanese songs in Japanese and English, Origami (paper folding of a Kabuto (helmet) and others), crafting head bands and tasting Japanese foods (cookies, rice crackers, nori, squid, etc).  Children under age 9 are encouraged to attend. The event is free.

 

As part of this event, JASWY has placed some interesting Japanese items in the display case at the Albany County Public Library from April 3 until May 2nd. This event is co-sponsored by the Albany County Public Library.

 

Contact information : jaswy @hotmail.com  www.jaswy.org

 

Boulder TAIKO Hibiki TO RETURN TO 擢ESTIVAL OF JAPAN・br

 Laramie, Wyoming裕he Japan-America Society of Wyoming (JASWY) will present its seventh 擢estival of Japan・from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM on Saturday October 5, 2013 at the Laramie High School. Admission is free.



The five-member Boulder Taiko Hibiki (meaning "resonance"), created by Julia Misawa in May 2006 in Boulder, Colorado, will highlight the Festival with a one hour visually and musically exciting performance of traditional and modern Japanese style drumming. In addition, Misawa痴 troupe will provide 35-minute workshops for both children and adults. Misawa was trained for eight years in San Francisco under Taiko Master Seiichi Tanaka who brought Taiko from Japan to the U.S. almost 50 years ago. Taiko is based on four basic elements: mind, body, skill and  manner. Taiko is an ancient percussive musical instrument which has been practiced more than 1200 years in Japan. T
aiko, usually played in a group, was originally used in battle, to intimidate and frighten the enemy but has evolved into more of a jazz team style of entertainment.

 

JASWY President Ken Matsuno said 努e are very excited to have the Boulder Taiko Hibiki back. They appeared in our festival in 2007. Boulder Taiko is a relatively new, dynamic ensemble that has been gaining a solid reputation since its inception in Boulder. Taiko music can be appreciated by everyone regardless of age, language or musical knowledge.・/span>


Matsuno said other highlights of the festival will include a demonstration of traditional Japanese fencing called 徒endo・performed by members of the Laramie Kendo Club and the Cheyenne Budokan, and a martial arts demonstration by the Laramie Kempo Karate Club during the street fair between noon and 1:45PM in the Laramie High School cafeteria. There will also be a live demonstration of Japanese flower arranging, or ikebana, by a local expert .

 

At the Festival, from noon to 1:45 PM, the public will be invited to visit booths and exhibits 
that will be set up in the cafeteria. The exhibits will feature interactive demonstrations of 
paper folding (origami), ink brush writing (calligraphy), and creation of head bands with a motto 
inscribed on them. JASWY will sell Japanese food and drink, such as sushi, curry rice, takoyaki
 (fried minced octopus balls), shumai dumplings, a sweet bean rice cake called 泥aifuku・ 
rice crackers, cookies, and green tea. Visitors will have a chance to win raffle items such as 
a 努elcome cat・statuette, antique style Japanese tea cups, and arranged flowers in a vase.
 
From 2:00 to 4:00 PM, the audience will be invited to the auditorium for a free show of Japanese taiko 
drumming by Boulder Taiko Hibiki.
Founded by Laramie residents in December, 2005, JASWY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization
 whose mission is 鍍o promote understanding and friendship between the people of Wyoming and Japan 
through cultural, social, educational and professional interaction.・nbsp; .
The Festival of Japan is co-sponsored by the Laramie High School International Club and NHK Club. 
This event is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the 
National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature.


Contact Information:                                            Event Information:
Ken Matsuno                                                         Festival of Japan
President, JASWY                                                 Sat. Oct. 5, 12:00-4:00 pm
307-721-5984                                                         Laramie High School, 1275 N. 11
th
.
jaswy@hotmail.com                                               Free Admission, open seating
                                              Enter-Reynolds Street and park at large
                       parking lot.

 

 

 

Children's Day Japanese Festival 2013

 Laramie, Wyoming・/span>The Japan-America Society of Wyoming (JASWY) will celebrate Children痴 Day on Sunday, April 28th, 2013, at the Albany County Public Library, Large Meeting Room, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Children痴 Day is a national holiday in Japan which takes place annually on May 5, at which time many communities throughout Japan hold events to celebrate children. The purpose of this holiday is to respect children's personalities and to celebrate their healthy growth and happiness.

 

This JASWY Children痴 Day marks the sixth year that JASWY has partnered with the Library to sponsor the event.  We will also be assisted by the Laramie High School Japanese Culture Club.  The Children痴 Day celebration will include the following activities led by local volunteers: reading of Japanese folk tales, learning fun Japanese songs in Japanese and English, Origami (paper folding of a Kabuto (helmet) and others), crafting head bands and tasting Japanese foods (cookies, nori, squid, etc).  Children under age 9 are encouraged to attend. The event is free.

 

As part of this event, JASWY has placed some interesting Japanese items in the display case at the Albany County Public Library from March 29th until April 28th. This event is co-sponsored by the Albany County Public Library.

 

Contact information : jaswy @hotmail.com  www.jaswy.org

 

 Sixth Japanese Film Festival

 Laramie, Wyoming裕he Japan-America Society of Wyoming (JASWY) will hold its sixth  Japanese Film Festival at the Albany County Public Library(310 S 8th St Laramie, WY 82070,  Tel:(307) 721-2580) in Laramie, WY on Feb.16 (Sat). This event is co-sponsored by the Albany County Public Library.


ゥ2012 鄭lways3・Film Partners

This year痴 Film Festival will feature two contemporary Japanese movies, one anime cartoon, The Secret World of Arrietty,  shown at 2:00 PM and a 電ramedy・ Always: Sunset on Third Street ・4, shown at 7:00 PM.   These films will not only entertain but will also promote understanding of the typical Japanese way of life. The afternoon film is dubbed in English, and the evening film will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Admission is free. First come, first served---seats are limited. Refreshments will be offered.

The Japanese Film Festival has brought some fine films to Wyoming over the last few years, and it's also given us an entertaining look at life in a country about which most of us know far too little.


The movie schedule is as follows.

On February 16 (Sat)

The Secret World of Arrietty : 2:00 PM 
(2010, 95 minutes, G, anime)

In a secret world hidden underneath the floorboards of a house, four-inch-tall people called 澱orrowers・live anonymously. They borrow simple items from the residents of the house to make their home. Life changes for the borrowers when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered by Sho, a boy who is visiting his great aunt.

This film will delight families of all ages and sizes.

Always: Sunset on Third Street ・4 : 7:00 PM

(2012, 141 minutes, G, Drama)

This movie is set in a small fictional neighborhood in post-war Tokyo when Japan experienced a period of rapid economic growth. The film follows the interweaving story threads of a number of the community's residents over the course of a single year, 1964, as Tokyo hosts its first summer Olympics in Japan.

 

Novelist Ryunosuke Chagawa (Hidetaka Yoshioka) is married to Hiromi (Koyuki) and they live with an adopted son Junnosuke (Kenta Suga) who is in high school. The Chagawas, who run a confectionery shop on Third Street, proudly take delivery of a black and white TV set to watch the Olympic Games. Across the street, however, the Suzukis, who have a small car repair business, have a larger, color set delivered at the same time. Various entanglements ensue in this light-hearted 電ramedy・that can be enjoyed by all.

    

   DENVER TAIKO will return TO PERFORM IN 擢ESTIVAL OF JAPAN・br>
   9-5-2012

Laramie, Wyoming裕he Japan-America Society of Wyoming (JASWY) will present its sixth Festival of Japan on Saturday September 29, 2012 at the Laramie Senior High School(1275 North 11th Street  Laramie, WY 82072). Admission is free.

A performance by the Denver Taiko Japanese drum group
will be the highlight of the main show. It will be their second appearance at the festival since 2006.

Taiko is a traditional percussive musical instrument which has been used more than 1200 years in Japan. The 10 member Denver Taiko, which has been performing in Denver and around the region for 36 years, will give a one hour visually exciting performance of traditional and modern Japanese style drumming.  Audience participation will be invited.  In 2001, Denver Taiko received the Denver Mayor's annual award for Excellence in the Arts. A performance by Denver Taiko is a dynamic and propulsive event, a combination of structured rhythms and improvisational solos that roll together like thunder to stir your soul (and the seat of your pants.)  JASWY President Ken Matsuno said 努e are very thrilled to have the Denver Taiko back again for our sixth Festival of Japan.  Their music can be appreciated by everyone regardless of age, language or musical knowledge.・/span>

Matsuno said other highlights of the festival will include a traditional Japanese Koto (stringed instrument) performance by Koto Colorado (Junko Shigeta and her two students), which will be performed at 2:15PM in the auditorium of Laramie Senior High School. Koto music is elegant and beautiful with an immediately recognizable oriental sound.

Koto expert Junko Shigeta, originally from Kamakura, Japan, settled in Denver in 1988 and in 1992 became the leader of the ensemble, Koto Colorado. Shigeta has performed at many locales, including the Taste of Colorado, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Cherry Blossom Festival, and the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Other highlights of the festival will include a demonstration of traditional Japanese fencing called 徒endo・performed by members of the Laramie Kendo Club and the Cheyenne Budokan, and a martial arts demonstration by the Laramie American Freestyle Karate Club during the street fair between noon and 1:45PM in the Laramie High School cafeteria.  There will also be a live demonstration of Japanese flower arranging, or ikebana, by local expert Tawnya Plumb.

At the Festival, from noon to 1:45 PM, the public will be invited to visit booths and exhibits that will be set up in the cafeteria. We will have booths for local clubs such as kendo (Japanese fencing), karate (martial arts) and go (Chinese chess),. The exhibits will feature interactive demonstrations of paper folding (origami), ink brush writing (calligraphy), and use of chopsticks (children can learn to pick up jelly beans with chopsticks).

JASWY will sell Japanese food and drink (such as sushi, curry rice, sweet bean rice cakes called 泥aifuku・ rice crackers, Japanese cookies and green tea), beautiful event tote bags, and other Japanese goods. There will be some self-explanatory exhibits such as elementary school text books used in Japan and Japanese Kokeshi dolls and information about a possible 都ister city・for Laramie. We will also sell raffle tickets for a Japanese fan, deluxe sushi kit, and the ikebana (flower arrangement).

From 2:00 to 4:30 PM, the audience will be invited to the auditorium for a free show by the Koto Ensemble and the Denver Taiko, with a 15-minute intermission in between.

Founded by Laramie residents in December, 2005, JASWY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization whose mission is 鍍o promote understanding and friendship between the people of Wyoming and Japan through cultural, social, educational and professional interaction.・nbsp;

For further information, please visit our web site at www.jaswy.org.

The Festival of Japan is co-sponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan at Denver, the LHS (Laramie High School) International Club and LHS NHK(Nihon History Kulture) club. This event is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature.

Contact Information:                                         Event Information:

Ken Matsuno                                                         Festival of Japan
President, JASWY                                                 Sat. September 29, 12:00-4:30 pm
307-721-5984                                                         Laramie High School, 1275 N. 11th.
jaswy@hotmail.com                                               Free Admission, open seating
                                              Enter-Reynolds Street and park at large
                       parking lot.
 
 

 Children's Day Japanese Festival

  April 20, 2012

The Japan-America Society of Wyoming (JASWY) will celebrate Children's Day on Sunday, April 29th, 2012, at the Albany County Public Library, Large Meeting Room, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Children's Day is a national holiday in Japan which takes place annually on May 5, at which time many communities throughout Japan hold events to celebrate children. The purpose of this holiday is to respect children's personalities and to celebrate their healthy growth and happiness.
 

This JASWY Children's Day marks the fifth year that JASWY has partnered with the Library to sponsor the event.  We will also be assisted by the Laramie High School Japanese Culture Club.  The Children's Day celebration will include the following activities led by local volunteers: reading of Japanese folk tales, learning fun Japanese songs in Japanese and English, Origami (paper folding of a Kabuto (helmet)), crafting a turtle and tasting Japanese foods (cookies nori, squid etc).  Children under age 8 are encouraged to attend. The event is free.

 

As part of this event, JASWY has placed some interesting Japanese items in the display case at the Albany County Public Library from April 4th until April 29th. This event is co-sponsored by the Albany County Public Library.

 

Contact information : jaswy @hotmail.com  www.jaswy.org

 

 Children's Day Japanese Festival

 April 15, 2011

 Laramie, Wyoming-The Japan-America Society of Wyoming (JASWY) will celebrate Children痴   Day on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the Albany County Public Library (310 S. 8th Street Laramie,  WY), Large Meeting Room, from 2:00 PM to 3:30PM.

 Children's Day is a national holiday in Japan which takes place annually on May 5, at which time  many communities throughout Japan hold events to celebrate children. The purpose of this holiday is to respect children's personalities and to celebrate their healthy growth and happiness.

 The JASWY Children痴 Day is the fourth year that JASWY has partnered with the Library to sponsor the event. The Children痴 Day celebration will include the following activities led by local volunteers: reading of Japanese folk tales, learning fun Japanese songs in Japanese and English, Origami (paper folding of a Kabuto (helmet), and a crane), Crafting a carp, Japanese calligraphy (drawing simple Japanese characters) and tasting Japanese foods (cookies and nori, etc).  Members of the Laramie High School Japan Culture Club will also assist with the festivities. Children under age 12 are encouraged to attend. The event is free.

 As part of this event, JASWY is displaying some Japanese items in the display case at the Albany County Public Library from April 3 until April 30th.

 Donations to Japanese Disaster Relief will be welcomed at the event.

 This event is co-sponsored by the Albany County Public Library.

 Contact information : jaswy @hotmail.com.  www.jaswy.org

 

 

 Bunraku Puppet troupe tO VISIT Wyoming IN FiftTH 擢ESTIVAL OF JAPAN・/span>

Laramie, Wyoming裕he Japan-America Society of Wyoming (JASWY) will present its fifth 擢estival of Japan・from 12:00 noon to 4:30PM on Saturday October 9, 2010 at the Laramie High School, 1275 N 11th St, Laramie, (307) 721-4420. Admission is free.  

                                      

Performing on stage for the first time in Wyoming will be the Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe from Columbia, Missouri.  

This is the only troupe in North America that performs the style of traditional puppet theater commonly known in Japan
as Bunraku. Each puppet is usually manipulated by three puppeteers to bring it to life. In their sixth year of performing,
Bunraku Bay has previously performed at the
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Orlando, Florida, Puppetry
Festival, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and the Iida International Puppetry Festival in Japan, among many
 others.  The performers in Bunraku Bay, led by Professor Martin Holman of the University of Missouri, were trained
in Japan by members of the 300-year old Imada Puppet Theater and have performed jointly with the Imada Theater
in 2007 and 2008. This troupe will bring to Laramie authentic, appealing Japanese entertainment suitable for all ages.

Mirai Daiko, a taiko drumming group, from the Denver area, Colorado, will also be performing at the Festival of Japan.
Taiko is an ancient percussive musical instrument which has been practiced more than 1200 years in Japan. Taiko,
usually played in a group, was originally used in battle, to intimidate and frighten the enemy but has evolved into more
of a jazz team style of entertainment.

The six-member Mirai Daiko was founded in Denver in 2002 by Courtney Ozaki, Shannon Umetani, Keiko Ozaki,
and Meg Ozaki, who were all taught by Gary Tsujimoto and Nancy Ozaki of One World Taiko. Their taiko education
started at a young age (between 10-13 years old) and now in their twenties they have more than 30 years of combined
experience. Since the inception of Mirai Daiko two more members have joined the group, June Kurobane from One World
Taiko and Max Honkawa from Inochi Taiko in Seattle.

As the name Mirai (which means "the future" in Japanese) indicates, this young group strives to create a new and
unique taiko sound. Mirai Daiko had the honor of joining One World Taiko in a performance of Rhythm Dance
at the 2007 International Taiko Conference, Taiko Jam concert at Seattle's Benoroya Hall. Mirai Daiko has also
performed throughout Colorado at events including the Cherry Blossom Festival, Dragon Boat Festival and
Boulder Asian Festival, as well as at
Laramie痴 Festival of Japan the past two years.

JASWY President Ken Matsuno said 釘unraku is the traditional puppet theatre of Japan. As far as I know,
Bunraku is visiting the s
tate of Wyoming for the first time and it is very fortunate for us to witness their performance
 in Laramie. We
are also very excited to have the Mirai Daiko (taiko drumming group) for our fifth Festival of Japan.
Taiko music can be appreciated by everyone regardless of age, language or musical knowledge.
People from the
audience will have a chance to participate in the taiko performance. This will give them a first hand experience
.・/span> 
The Bunraku troupe will also give a free performance for public elementary school children on Friday, October 8th
in the auditorium of the Education Department of the University of Wyoming, as well as a workshop for college students at the University of Wyoming Department of Theater and Dance.


Other highlights of the festival will include a demonstration of traditional Japanese fencing called 徒endo・performed
the members of the Laramie kendo club and the Cheyenne Budokan, and a martial arts demonstration by the Laramie
American Freestyle Karate club during the street fair between noon and 1:45PM in the Laramie High School cafeteria .

At the Festival, from noon to 1:45 PM, the public will be invited to visit booths and exhibits that will be set up in the 
cafeteria. We will have booths for local clubs such as kendo (Japanese fencing) club, karate (martial arts) club and 
go (Chinese chess) club. The exhibits will feature interactive demonstrations of paper folding (origami), ink brush 
writing (calligraphy), and use of chopsticks (children can learn to pick up jelly beans with chopsticks). 


JASWY will sell Japanese food and drink (such as sushi, a sweet bean rice cake called 泥aifuku・ rice crackers, Japanese cookies and green tea), beautiful event T-shirts, and Japanese trinkets. There will be some self-explanatory exhibits such as elementary school text books used in Japan and Japanese Kokeshi dolls. We will also sell raffle tickets for a basket of Japanese items and for the ikebana (flower arrangement).
 
From 2:00 to 4:30 PM, the audience will be invited to the auditorium for a free show of Bunraku (traditional Japanese 
puppet show) and Japanese music (taiko drumming) with a 15-minute intermission in between.
 
Founded by Laramie residents in December, 2005, JASWY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization 
whose mission is 鍍o promote understanding and friendship between the people of Wyoming and Japan through 
cultural, social, educational and professional interaction.・nbsp; 
 
JASWY is presenting a 笛apanese slide show・on November 8, at 5:30PM at the Eppson Center in Laramie. 
 
For further information, please visit our web site at www.jaswy.org.
 
The Festival of Japan is co-sponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan at Denver, UW Department of Theater 
and Dance, the LHS (Laramie High School) International Club and LHS NHK(Nihon History Kulture) club. 
This event is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the National 
Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.


Contact Information:                                                Event Information:
Ken Matsuno                                                         Festival of Japan
President, JASWY                                                 Sat. October 9, 12:00-4:30 pm
307-721-5984                                                         Laramie High School, 1275 N. 11th.
jaswy@hotmail.com                                               Free Admission, open seating
                                              Enter-Reynolds Street and park at large
                       parking lot.

 

 Children痴 Day Japanese Festival

 March 29, 2010

 Laramie, Wyoming-The Japan-America Society of Wyoming (JASWY) will celebrate Children痴   Day on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at the Albany County Public Library (310 S. 8th Street Laramie, WY), Large Meeting Room, from 2:00 PM to 3:30PM.

Children痴 Day is a national holiday in Japan which takes place annually on May 5, at which time many communities throughout Japan hold events to celebrate children. The purpose of this holiday is to respect children's personalities and to celebrate their healthy growth and happiness.

The JASWY Children痴 Day is the third year that JASWY has partnered with the Library to sponsor the event.  The Children痴 Day celebration will include the following activities led by local volunteers: reading of Japanese folk tales, learning fun Japanese songs in Japanese and English, Crafting (paper folding of a Kabuto (helmet)), creating carp streamers) and tasting Japanese foods (cookies , rice crackers and nori, etc).  Children under age 12 are encouraged to attend. The event is free.

As part of this event, JASWY will be displaying some Japanese items in the display case at the Albany County Public Library from April 18 until 24.

This event is co-sponsored by the Albany County Public Library.

Contact information : jaswy @hotmail.com  www.jaswy.org

  Fourth Annual Japanese Film Festival

 February 8, 2010

 Laramie, Wyoming・/span> The Japan-America Society of Wyoming (JASWY) will hold its fourth Japanese Film Festival at LCCC (Laramie County Community College) in Cheyenne on Feb.20 and at UW (University of Wyoming) in Laramie, WY on Feb.27.

                 

On Feb.20, 典he Blue Bird・will be shown at 2:00 PM and 泥epartures・at 4:00 PM in the Science Center Room 121 of LCCC in Cheyenne.

On Feb. 27, 典he Blue Bird・will be shown at 2:00 PM and 泥epartures・at 7:00 PM in Classroom Building Room 129 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Doors will open 20 minutes before show time at both campuses.

This year痴 Japanese Film Festival will feature two contemporary movies which present typical issues in Japanese society. These Japanese films will not only entertain but will also promote understanding of modern and traditional Japanese life. The films will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Admission is free. First come, first served...seats are limited.

的 previewed both of these films and thought each one was terrific,・said Janice Harris, a member of the JASWY board.  湯The Blue Bird・steps up to the difficult problem of bullying ・of anyone, anywhere -- and offers a moving, positive, unforgettable response.  Hiroshi Abe, who is superb as the main character, embodies Gandhi痴 insight:  be the change you want to see in the world. As for 船epartures,・it is simply stunning.  I laughed and cried.  No wonder it earned an Oscar.  What痴 it about?  Living, eating, loving, dying, and music.  It expands your mind and heart.・nbsp;

"The Japanese Film Festival has brought some fine films to Wyoming over the last few years, and it's also given us an entertaining look at life in a country about which most of us know far too little. It's great to be welcoming this event back on campus for another year," said Dr. Philip Holt, Chairman of the Dept. of Modern & Classical Languages.

泥epartures・was a big box office hit in Japan, won 10 Japanese Academy Awards, and was also the Winner of the 2009 academy award for Best Foreign Language Film,・added Ken Matsuno, President of JASWY. 典he Blue Bird・is a timely film which deals with school bullying in Japan in a unique and emotionally touching way,・span style="font-family:Arial">Matsuno also said.  典hese are excellent, heart-warming, high quality films that are not widely available in the U.S. They should be a real treat for Wyoming audiences of all ages.・br>
The movie schedule is as follows.

On February 20 (Sat) at LCCC in Cheyenne

The Blue Bird : 2:00 PM
(2008, 105 minutes, G, Drama)

The Blue Bird is set at a Japanese junior high school in the aftermath of a bullying tragedy. Popular actor Abe Hiroshi is an unlikely hero as a stuttering teacher, who tackles the problem in a unique Japanese way.

Departures: 4:00 PM

(2008, 130 minutes, PG-13, Drama)

Academy Awardョ winner for Best Foreign Language Film, DEPARTURES is a delightful journey into the heartland of Japan as well an astonishingly beautiful look at a sacred part of Japan's cultural heritage.

泥epartures・follows Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki), a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and who is suddenly left without a job. Daigo decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled 泥epartures・thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency only to discover that the job is actually for a "Nokanshi" or "encoffineer," a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life.

While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art of 哲okanshi,・acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living.


On February 27 (Sat) at UW in
Laramie

The Blue Bird: 2:00 PM
(2008, 105 minutes, G, Drama)

[see synopsis above.]

Departures: 7:00 PM

(2008, 130 minutes, PG-13, Drama)

[see synopsis above.]

The Japanese Film Festival is co-sponsored by the Modern & Classical Languages Dept., English Dept., Honors Program, and History Dept. of UW as well as UW RSO Wyoming Honors Organization in Laramie, Anime Club of LCCC in Cheyenne, Consulate General of Japan at Denver, and Japan Foundation in Los Angeles.

JASWY was founded by Laramie residents in December 2005. JASWY is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization whose mission is 鍍o promote understanding and friendship between the people of Wyoming and Japan through cultural, social, educational and professional interaction.・For more information about JASWY and the Film Festival, visit www.jaswy.org

Contact Information:

Event Information:

 

 

Ken Matsuno

Japanese Film Festival

JASWY President

2:00 PM and 4:00PM, Feb.20 at LCCC in Cheyenne
2:00 PM and 7:00PM, Feb.27 at UW in
Laramie

Science Center Bldg room121 of LCCC in Cheyenne
http://www.lccc.wy.edu/about/maps  for LCCC campus map

307-721-5984

Classroom Building Room 129 at the University of Wyoming Click here for a map for UW campus.

jaswy@hotmail.com

Free Admission, open seating, Free popcorn