Episode 3 – San Jose Obon Festival

Traditional dance, music, food and games create a rich cultural experience at the 73rd annual version of this free outdoor festival presented by the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin. In this episode you’ll learn how traditional Japanese drums inspire today’s performers; discover the basics of Buddhism; find out how ancient storytelling techniques have been given a modern twist; and understand what it takes to put on a large community festival. The finale features hundreds of people in traditional kimonos or hapi coats dancing in the street. Length 49 min. 17 sec.

If you do not have time to watch the entire episode in one sitting, view individual chapters:

| 1 Introduction | 2 San Jose Taiko | 3 Storycard Theater |
| 4 Buddhism 101 | 5 About the Festival | 6 Closing Dance |

To visit this event’s web site, go to: www.sjbetsuin.com.

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Episode 3 – Chapter 1 – Introduction

This is the beginning of our show about the 73rd Annual San Jose Obon Festival held in San Jose, California. To view the complete episode please click here.

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Episode 3 – Chapter 2 – San Jose Taiko

Watch and learn from Roy Hirabayashi how San Jose Taiko has broadened and embellished an historical art form into a style that joins the traditional rhythms of Japanese drumming with the beat of world rhythms including African, Balinese, Brazilian, Latin and jazz percussion. To view the complete episode please click here. To visit the group’s web site, go to: www.taiko.org.

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Episode 3 – Chapter 3 – Storycard Theater

The unique, ancient storytelling form, kamishibai, is given new life by authors/performers Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino. They draw upon classic folktales and original artwork to create Storycard Theater dramas. To view the complete episode please click here. To visit their web site, go to: www.storycardtheater.com.

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Episode 3 – Chapter 4 – Buddhism 101

Joni discusses the Buddhist religion with the speaker from the festival’s “Buddism 101” workshop, Reverend Gerald Sakamoto from the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin. To view the complete episode please click here. To visit the church’s web site, go to: www.sjbetsuin.com.

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Episode 3 – Chapter 5 – About The Festival

Learn about the purpose of the Obon Festival and what it takes to put it on from festival chairman Jim McClure and past organizer Jimi Yamai: from the hundreds of volunteers to the tons of food and everything else that keeps thousands coming back year after year.

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Episode 3 – Chapter 6 – Closing Dances

Get the best seat to view hundreds of dancers as they fill the street to bring this great two-day festival to a close. You’ll also learn what familiar children’s game is part of one of the dances performed. To view the complete episode please click here.

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Episode 2 – Bay Street Arts & Music Festival

The Fifth Annual Bay Street Arts & Music Festival, held in Emeryville, California, featured music and dance performances plus local artists and craftspeople. In this episode you’ll meet two bands with different musical styles, discover what it takes to belly dance, find out about insects that don’t bug people, and meet a musician who makes his own instruments. Length 41 min. 50 sec.

If you do not have time to watch the entire episode in one sitting, view individual chapters:
| 1 Introduction | 2 Zādell Music | 3 Ancient Winds | 4 Jewelry That Bugs People |
| 5 Carnival of Stars | 6 Ramana Vieira and her Ensemble | 7 Closing Comments |

To visit this event’s web site, go to: www.baystreetemeryville.com

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Episode 2 – Chapter 1 – Introduction

This is the beginning of our show about the fifth annual Bay Street Arts & Music Festival, held in Emeryville, California. To view the complete episode please click here.

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Episode 2 – Chapter 2 – Zādell Music

Meet Zoë and Dave Ellis, two talented musicians who are also brother and sister. In this chapter you’ll sample their music and learn about their joint and independent performance styles. To visit their music web sites go to: www.zadellmusic.com www.myspace.com/zoeellisgroup www.davellis.com To view the complete episode please click here.

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