Hammer Theater performances April 22, 2017

What do these performers have in common?
They will all be performing at the Hammer Theater o April 22, 2017!

“From ancient traditional music and dance to our sister city traditions perpetuated by young wadaiko drummers from Japan to contemporary music and professional hip hop performances, this is an evening to learn, to exoerience and lift the spirit.”

Presented by the San Jose-Okayama Sister Cities, 501c(3) non-profit organization. This production is supported, in part, by the City of San Jose and  The Office of Cultural Affairs.

Kibimai – Kibigaku

These performers will be a part of the line-up of performers for the Hammer Theater April 22, 2017!

This traditional form was specialized in Okayama and is usually performed at the major Shrine, Kibitsuhiko Shrine in Okayama, Japan.

We, in San Jose/Silicon Valley, will have a chance to see them live – performing at the Hammer Theater!



Hammer Theater 4/22/2017

We are in discussion to bring the artist and performer, Saori Kanda, from Okayama. Check out the promotional video for her performance scheduled at Kibitsuhiko Shrine in Okayama on March 27.

We need funding to bring this amazing artist and performer from Okayama to perform at San Jose on April 22nd. Please consider donating. This is an opportunity to be involved in the San Jose-Okayama sister cities celebration!

Donate here! (https://www.gofundme.com/Okayama60th)

Momotaro statue – revisited

This statue was given to the City of San Jose, CA from Okayama City, Japan in 1993.
It stands, looking out across the sea (San Carlos Street). You can visit it by noting that it’s around the corner from the entrance to the Center for Performing Arts in Guadalupe Park, just off the corner of Almaden Boulevard.

There are many versions of the folktale. This is one of them: Momotaro Folk Tale (the version told to children)

We are currently working on a special presentation of the origin legend from which this folktale began. Look for announcements here about the 60th Anniversary celebrations of the San Jose-Okayama Sister City relationship in 2017 in San Jose!

Thank you to Mr. Joe Jedges, International Affairs Manager for the City of San Jose,  for the great photograph!
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ARTwork – Students from 1960’s-70’s

Artist, Mr. Kozu Ihara, Okayama, Japan.

This is just one of the pieces of artwork among over two hundred that were found in the garage of a local resident who had taken care of the estate of a friend after his friend’s death. The gentleman was an art teacher at local schools. And perhaps, at some time was either involved in the art exchange or wanted to protect the artwork that so many students had sent from their homes and schools in Okayama, Japan to San Jose, CA USA.

Some of these paintings are on display in the Rotunda wing of the San Jose City Hall. The exhibit is curated by Robin Treen. The San Jose-Okayama Sister Cities committee is looking for people who might remember this exchange which took place in the 1960’s and 1970’s through perhaps Lincoln High School or other local downtown schools.

If you have any information or this jogs your memory and would like to find out more, please email: sjokayama1957@gmail.com and we’ll be sure to get back to you!

2017 April, will see a delegation of about 100 people from Okayama, Japan. They will fly ANA to Mineta International Airport for a three day celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the San Jose-Okayama Sister City relationship!

Come one, Come all! All local citizens are invited to the many events that will be open to the public! Please mark your calendars and prepare for a fun time!