Forty of the very best Taiko drummers and performers from Okinawa, Japan graced the halls of the new Clover Park Technical College Sharon M. McGavick Student Center and gave the crowd of nearly 500 people a visually stunning performance of the ancient Taiko Drums last week.
The Chijinshu Wakate-da performance group along with Hidekatsu Kamei, a famous Japanese composer and musician who helped revive the tradition of Taiko music and performance in Japan during the 1970s and 80s, stunned instructors, staff members, students and Lakewood residents with a mix of ancient and modern Taiko drumming, dances and songs.
In addition, artists performed the traditional Eisa dance, the Shisa dog dance and karate demonstrations & all of which originate from Okinawa, Japan.
During the brief tour of Puget Sound, the Chijinshu Wakate-da performance troupe made its only South Sound performance at Clover Park Technical College. They also made stops in Seattle and Everett, helping raise money for local Japanese organizations in Western Washington.
Clover Park Technical College is proud to have a strong Sister Cities relationship with Okinawa. Franclyn Heinecke, International Education Coordinator and President of the Lakewood Sister Cities, worked with Mr. Thomas Sakuma of the Okinawa Kenjin Club of Washington State to organize performances in Lakewood.
To learn more about the International Education Program at Clover Park Technical College, please contact Franclyn Heinecke at (253) 589-4535 or visit the International Education web page at www.cptc.edu.