On Sept. 30th, BKSCC supported a Butoh workshop led by Azumi Oe, a Japanese professional Butoh dancer, held at Peabody Institute’s Dance Program. Over 30 dance students participated in an introduction to this modern Japanese dance form that came from a desire to break free from strict traditional forms. Several members watched as Oe-san put the dance students through some unusual and fascinating exercises.
On Oct. 2nd, BKSCC participated in Japan Day held in Columbia, co-chaired by our member Misako Aoki, and created/organized by the MD-Kanagawa Sister State Committee. Japan Day was an afternoon of Japanese performances, arts, and foods, including Misako Ballet and Matcha Time Cafe, and tables with many various community groups. Participants were encouraged to come in their favorite Anime character’s costumes and our members met the challenge! We had a great afternoon talking with many of the over 200 participants, meeting some new friends and (hopefully) members.
On Oct. 13th, BKSCC supported a Calligraphy Performance by Setsuhi Shiraishi at Peabody Heights Brewery in Charles Village, produced by our member Michael Young. A group of members enjoyed the performance in a crowd of over 120 people who watched Setsuhi and enjoyed local brews. Setsuhi was accompanied by another friend of the BKSCC committee, Hideo Sekino, on a shakuhachi wooden flute.