From Oct. 6th in Kauai, Hawaii, it was our first time to perform in U.S.A., and Kauai is famous for Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii, and came back on 11th through Los Angeles (because of airplane ticket). This Kauai, Hawaii performance was realized because of precious relationship between Kauai, Fukushima Jyoban Hawaiian Center in Iwaki, Fukushima, and Association of AIZEN in Iwaki. The fund for this tour was collected by Association of AIZEN in Iwaki by going through each houses asking for support. For only 5days, we were able to perform 7 times (at theater 800 seats, shopping center, nursing home, hospitals...). The memorable first time performance in U.S.A. was reported on the front page of local news paper.
Mayor Carvalho said “The performances were outstanding and made me want to see more. The music along with the beautiful costumes and intricate movements and motions of the dances captured my heart… I could feel the true meaning of each dance as they portrayed a meaningful story…..”Even though Mayor Carvalho was busy because of election, but came to our ‘OHANA (family) party’ and Mayor gave Ukulele show for us.
One of the members in Kauai Japanese Cultural Society said “This year we did not plan to do Japan Festival and light of Japanese culture was fading away, but because of Manjushaka so many people came to the Festival and now the light of Japanese culture is coming back.”
When we perform
at the Kukui Groove Shopping Center, by coincidence big cruise ship from main
land was anchored and passenger came to see our show. One of passenger told us “Your show is very
good, I would love to see again. When are you coming to main land?”
For the last, but not least we would like to show deep appreciation for everybody who gave us power, energy and strength to perform