60th Anniversary ticket links

April 22, 2017 Saturday

SJSU Hammer Theater-60th anniversary performances
“From ancient traditional music and dance, to 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 experience and to lift the spirit.”

$3 children under 12 years
$5 Students 13-20yrs and Seniors 65yrs +
$8 Adult


Doors open 6:30pm Show starts 7:00pm
April 23, 2017 Sunday
Ticket sales end Monday 4/17/17

At the Rotary Summit Center from 6:30pm
Featuring flutist Ray Furuta. Ray will be traveling to Okayama in October 2017 to participate in the annual music festival as an official representative of the City of San Jose, CA

Ticket link: http://tinyurl.com/60thFarewellDinner

Tickets $95 per person



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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