Japantown Immersive 2019
Conceived and Produced by: San Jose Taiko
Presented by: San Jose Taiko as part of the Creative License Ambassador program of the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs
After a wildly successful launch in 2018 as part of San Jose Taiko’s 45th Anniversary we’ve decided to bring it back again: Japantown Immersive 2019! Last year with the help from our talented friends at Epic Immersive we showcased artists of Japantown. This year we change the theme to celebrate the artists in all of YOU. We believe the arts help make us complete human beings. Our Japantown partners agree and will be offering activities that bring out your inner artist.
When: Saturday, April 6 4:30 - 8:30PM
Where: San Jose Japantown
Cost: FREE thanks to the Creative License Ambassadorship program of City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs
Flyers with maps, menus, and schedules will be available for all who come to the event. The evening kicks off at 4:30PM at 5th & Jackson, the center of San Jose's Japantown. Enjoy the many activities that will be hosted by our Japantown community.
HANDS-ON EXPERIENCES: ongoing activities to bring out your inner artist!
Compose your own taiko song with San Jose Taiko
Craft an LED uchiwa (fan) with Corinne Okada Takara
Draw a protest sign with the San Jose JACL
Dance with the The Get Down Dance Studios as they teach you fun choreography
Paint part of The Arsenal’s community mural
Play the shamisen (Japanese banjo-like instrument) at the Kyle Abbott’s hands-on station
Additional activities hosted by Le Petit Elefant, San Jose Autoworks, and San Jose Made
Stay tuned for more updates!
SCHEDULE: (updated 3/1/19)
Opening at 5th & Jackson with performances from Lotus Preschool Taiko, Asagao Taiko (Yu Ai Kai senior taiko group), and San Jose Taiko!
Karaoke at the San Jose Jazz Boombox hosted by Japantown’s 7 Bamboo
San Jose Jazz Boombox: San Jose Jazz presents BIG YUKI
Special closing dance choreographed by The Get Down Dance Studios with music from San Jose Taiko
Creative License Ambassadors are practicing San José artists with a recognized commitment to community. The role of each Ambassador is to champion the power of creative expression and engage members of the public in finding their own creative voice. A program of the City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs, the 2018/2019 Creative License Ambassadors are Corinne Okada Takara, visual artist and educator; Franco Imperial, San José Taiko Artistic Director; Barbara Day Turner, San José Chamber Orchestra Music Director; and Rodrigo Garcia, Teatro Visión Artistic Director.