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Satsuki-kai will be performing Nihon-buyou as well as leading Bon odori dance at Mini Matsuri!

We are excited to welcome the Satsuki-kai back at Mini Matsuri to perform Nihon-buyou as well as lead Bon odori in the Nikkei Garden! The Satsuki-kai has been sharing the art of Japanese dance with Nikkei Matsuri festival goers since our inaugural year in 2013.

The Satsuki-kai was formed in May 2011 by Nishikawa Kayo of the Nishikawa School of Japanese classical dance to give people an opportunity to enjoy learning Japanese dance. The name comes from the pronunciation of the old name for May, “satsuki”, although it is written with a different Chinese character meaning “colour”. The hope is for people to have a more colorful, happier life through dance.

The group participates in many events, especially at Nikkei Place, and works hard to showcase Japanese culture through dance. Other community events include the annual Powell Street Festival, kimono fashion shows, performances at seniors’ residences and other multicultural events.

We wish to thank the Satsuki-kai for their support, and for their donation to Mini Matsuri this year!

(L to R) Louise Akuzawa, Chair Nikkei Matsuri committee;  Yoko Matsuno sensei (Nishikawa Kayou); Karah Goshinmon Foster, Executive Director, Nikkei Centre