Sorry for such a long response time it took me to post about Maui Matsuri! Work, Recitals, and being Sick got in the way! So let me start off this post on a good note and mention how awesome the Maui Matsuri was! I believe this was my fifth time returning to Maui and every time I go there I have to mention how more beautifully green it is compared to Oahu!
|grandma and I waiting at the airport on Oahu|
|Clarence, Cheryl, Me, and Grandma|
You know when I was younger; I would get so excited to jump on an airplane but I guess being on so many airplanes it turns into the same feeling as catching a bus already! (Haha) The view in the afternoon was beautiful though. I got to see the Ocean and the beautiful reef as we were leaving Oahu. Once we were over Maui I got to see the awesome mountain range and the acres of farm land. It's so beautiful there! Kyah!
|Grandma with Hello Kitty|
|Yumi Takedatsu from Maui Radio|
|Alan M. Arakawa the Mayor of Maui|
older Kawanaka Miyuki song called Bungo Suido to show the versatile
tones in my voice from really low to really high. Next I sang my favorite song from my CD called Hitori Aruku, then Utamaro by Ishikawa Sayuri to show that not only can I sing but I also do some Shin Nihon Buyo Odori to, then closed the first section with Shinno Mika's Otoko Bushi. I though Otoko Bushi would fit perfectly since it was a Matsuri (Festival).
|Thank you Maui for Allowing me to sell my CDs there!|
is the main song from the CD. I closed the last stage with Arakawa Batten's Kyushu Matsuri Uta and the audience's participation was just beautiful!
I had a little time - so I tried the Poi Mochi, and did a little Bon Dancing. I wish we would've stayed a little longer. I enjoyed every moment of it.
I would like to give a Great Special Thanks to Kay Fukumoto for inviting me to perform n Maui, Yaeko Yamada Sensei, Yumi Takedatsu Clarence and Cheryl Okuma, Maui Japanese Cultural Society, and everyone who helped me with my big day! Forever in my heart I will never forget that beautiful day.
p.s. - some photos were taken from Yumi Takedatsu's Maui Japanese Radio Blog.
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