Here are the Emcees and Performers for Keiro no Hi Festival!
10:30 a.m. Emcee Introduction: Dom Magwili and Fusako Shiotani
11:00 a.m. U4LT (Ukuleles 4 Little Tokyo)
11:30 a.m. Sakura Gardens Uke Group
12:00 p.m. Kuniharu Yoshida (Calligraphy artist)
12:30 p.m. Move & Groove
1:00 p.m. Kinnara Taiko
1:30 p.m. Chika’s Ukulele Players
2:00 p.m. Shigin and Karaoke of Sakura Gardens
3:00 p.m. Asian Traditional Dance & Music Foundation
3:30 p.m. Asian Persuasion
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Dom Magwili guest starred on such TV shows as CLOSE TO HOME, KING OF QUEENS, and ER. Dom was seen in the HBO show, HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA. He was also n the movie, FIFTY FIRST DATES. He wrote the popular shows, CHRISTMAS IN CAMP I & II for the East West Players, the long running holiday classic, A JIVE BOMBER’S CHRISTMAS, and is in post production on his own written, directed, and produced webseries, SAMURAI MON AMOUR. He teaches Asian American Film & Video for Cal State Fullerton and just finished teaching and acting class for the East West Players Summer Conservatory. He is married to actress and Qigong teacher, Sachiko Magwili, and proud to say that he has 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Fusako Shiotani was born in Hakodate, Hokkaido, and grew up in Nagoya. She made a debut as a voice-over artist in Nagoya when she was a teenager, and built up her career as a VO artist, TV reporter, and Radio personality. Since she came to the US, she keeps expanding her activities into acting as well. Fusako’s recent credit includes a feature film “Last Three Days” as an actress, and “Atypical (Netflix)” “Gypsy (Universal Television)” and “Ghost In The Shell (Paramount Pictures)” as a VO artist. She is a member of the Grateful Crane Ensemble, a black belt martial artist, and a certified kimono stylist.
Established in 1975, Sakura Gardens was formerly known as Keiro Retirement Home, is a full-service Japanese retirement community offering independent and assisted living in prime Los Angeles area. At Sakura Gardens, residents partake in plenty of activities with volunteers such as the shigin, karaoke, and ukulele music performances.
Kuniharu Yoshida is a calligraphy artist and hip-hop dancer who teaches calligraphy and Japanese at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. He uses unique ways to make calligraphy a closer form of art to many, such as using a palm tree brush to create Japanese calligraphy. His students’ exhibition will be available at Keiro no Hi Festival.
Kinnara Taiko is celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary and is consider the oldest Japanese American Buddhist Taiko group in North America and were credited in developing the wine barrel taiko.
Chika’s Ukulele Players consist of mostly retired seniors of different races who enjoy singing and playing the ukulele. They learn a bit of “basic music” fundamental ukulele and singing harmony.
Established in 1975, Sakura Gardens was formerly known as Keiro Retirement Home, is a full-service Japanese retirement community offering independent and assisted living in prime Los Angeles area. At Sakura Gardens, residents partake in plenty of activities with volunteers such as the shigin, karaoke, and ukulele music performances. Chika’s Ukulele Players consist of mostly retired seniors of different races who enjoy singing and playing the ukulele. They learn a bit of “basic music” fundamental ukulele and singing harmony.
Wakahisakai, a part of Asian Traditional Dance & Music Foundation is the U.S.division of Wakayagi School of Japan. They have been introducing WaKayagi Ryu Japanese traditional dance in the local communities for more than 20 years.
Asian Persuasion is a four member Asian American vocal harmony group bringing back the classic sights and sounds of those “oldies but goodies” of their youth. They enjoy bringing back the music and memories of that era by singing favorite doo-wop, Motown, and pop songs of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Kenny Itagaki and Gary Asamura started the group over 40 years ago with Sharleen Inouye and Jeff Louie completing the group today. In the past they have performed at various community events.
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