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Yes, it looks like your great-granddaughter will be ready to start taking taiko lessons soon! She was right on with her hand movements when she was imitating the taiko drummers. I also got a kick out of the part in the dance video where she was running up to the other dancers next to you. Maybe she can participate in the dance in a couple of years, too! emoticon

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Here's Zendeko. I think they are the best in the world now even better than Taiko Project.
I had a lot of trouble taping this. Darn photographers kept getting in front of me and the staff kept trying to push us back. had to hold the cam way up high by the bottom of the tripod and could hardly see the monitor to keep them in frame.
Around 4:33 baby Ryan pops in and out at the left frame. I had no idea she was in doing her drum beating thing. so funny as you saw in the close-up in the first video clip above.

http://ralphmoratz.com/misc/bon02.html

Will have more of baby Ryan later this week. So just be patient.


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Thanks for posting, Ralph! Yes, I think I liked this Zendeko taiko drum group better, too. Looks like they are quite famous! I found their website, and it mentioned that they've performed for motion pictures, festivals, and even for world dignitaries.

They have quite an informative website, too.

About Zendeko Project

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Thanks for posting, Ralph! Yes, I think I liked this Zendeko taiko drum group better, too. Looks like they are quite famous! I found their website, and it mentioned that they've performed for motion pictures, festivals, and even for world dignitaries.

They have quite an informative website, too.

About Zendeko Project
Thanks for the link. I've been a Zendeko fan since I first saw them 4 years ago at the Nisei Festival. IMO their style is much more powerful than Taiko Project. They bring up visions of medieval Japan.

Here's another clip where you can see some of them much closer as well as baby Ryan:

http://ralphmoratz.com/misc/bon03.html



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Yes, these Zendeko drummers are very talented, indeed. The taiko music (accompanied with the flute that we heard in the latest video) sounds like it could be from a taiga drama about historical Japan. Really wonderful music. They've done a great job, and I'm happy to seem them actively performing in the community.

I'm waiting for Ryan to join the taiko drummers in a couple of years! Looks like she's really enjoying the performance. emoticon
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Chinatown Art Nights - Sept 12, 2009 (Downtown L.A.)


Chinatown Art Nights” - September 12th
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Various locations throughout Chinatown
6-9pm

Enjoy an evening of art viewing as you stroll the alleyways and courtyards of Chinatown, home to 32 of L.A.’s most cutting edge art galleries and some of the most talked-about exhibitions in the country. “Chinatown Art Nights” is a quarterly series of free art walks along Chung King Road and the streets of historic Chinatown. Illuminated by lanterns and accented with the smell of incense, the self-guided walk promises a sense of nostalgia as well as the excitement of new discoveries.

Chinatown first attracted an underground community of art lovers, bargain hunters, and trendsetters a decade ago. These artistic pioneers have since opened boutiques, studios, and galleries here and have made the retro nightclubs trendy once again. Newly restored buildings with 40s era neon lighting and free weekly cultural entertainment in Central Plaza now enhance the attraction of the area.

The next “Chinatown Art Night” will take place on Saturday, July11. Many gallery owners--and some artists--will be on hand from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. to answer questions and provide commentary on their exhibitions. Light refreshments will be available in most galleries, and restaurants in the area will remain open for pre- and post-art walk dining. The many antiques stores and curio shops for which Chung King Road is famous will also be open extended hours that evening. Adjacent parking is $3-$5. Gallery maps will be available at each gallery courtesy of the participating galleries and the Chinatown Business Improvement District.

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Moon Festival Activities - Chinatown (October 2009_


Great site for information on chinatown events: http://chinatownla.com

Saturday, October 3, 2009

L.A. Chinatown Moonlight 5K Run/Walk & Moon Festival Fun Bike Ride (entry fee applies)
Start Time
3:30pm - 25 Mile Fun Bike Ride Begins
Fun Bike Ride Registration Form
Register online here.

7:30pm - 5K Competitive Run & Fun Walk Begins
5K Run/Walk Registration Form
Register online here.

Entry Fee (add $2 for XXL size t-shirt)
$25 ($27) - Early Registration (end 8/31)
$30 ($32) - Registration (end 9/28)
$35 ($37)- Late & Day-of Registration (10/3)
$22 ($24) - Group 10+ (mail group entries together)

Please make check payable to Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council (LACBC) and mail check(s) and completed form(s) to:
Los Angele Chinatown Business Council
727 N. Broadway, #208
Los Angeles, CA 90012

FREE FESTIVAL
5:30-10 p.m.
Central Plaza
943-951 N. Broadway
LA Chinatown 90012

Parking around the area is plentiful, and the festival is also easily accessed via Metro Gold Line rail from the Chinatown Station.

On Saturday, October 3, from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m., Chinatown hosts the Southland’s oldest annual mid-Autumn Moon Festival featuring cultural entertainment for the whole family. New this year, a competitive 5K run, and a non-competitive 5K walk and a 25 mile Fun Bike Ride will take place in conjunction with the festival. Event routes will start and finish in Chinatown where entertainment and moon cake samples will be offered free to festival goers.

The Shaolin Warriors of Chinatown, Chinese acrobats, and storytellers will be featured during the afternoon hours, followed by a demonstration of moon cake making, and finally, a performance explaining the origins of the Moon Festival by the 2009 Miss L.A. Chinatown Queen and Court at dusk. The Griffith Observatory, which is making telescopes available throughout the day, will demonstrate how to get the best views of the sun and the moon. Live music will be featured on stage until 10:00pm.

Festivities are free to the public and will run from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. in Chinatown’s historic Central Plaza (943-951 N. Broadway Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012). Run, walk and bike ride entry fees apply. Parking around the area is plentiful. We encourage the public to use the convenient Metro Gold Line; exit at the Chinatown Station.

For sponsorship opportunity or additional information, contact the Chinatown Business Improvement District at (213) 680-0243 or info@chinatownla.com.

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SushiMasters Final Competition

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Winning chefs from regional competitions held in major U.S. cities will square off in the 2009 SushiMasters Finals East/West Challenge on Sunday, September 20, 2009 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, the community where sushi in America got its start. In addition to a live, 45-minute professionally judged sushi making competition, those attending the finals competition can also enjoy the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) Food and Sake Festival, including cultural entertainment, a reception-style sample of cuisine from Southern
California’s best Japanese and Asian restaurants, as well as sake tasting.
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Chinese Astronauts land in Mongolia.

Well this was an event even if we are too far away to count it as a local one.
I watched this this evening on CCTV4 the 24 hour English channel. I was lucky to catch it as I clicked and there I saw the capsule drifting down from space. There was a helicopter filming it all the way down and it was amazing to see the huge parachute. It must have slowed the movement, but even so the capsule hit the ground hard and rolled along the desert creating dust. Then people began to run and cars were driving to get to the capsule. These were all official cars. There were medics who waited as the door was removed. It had landed in an awkward position and was not upright. However they were able to send in a medic to examine the astronauts to see if they were OK. They were, but of course it takes some time for them to get used to being back on earth with the different pressure etc. There were live photos of the control room in China, with many people anxiously waiting and indeed it was all quite exciting. I must say it was the first really detailed earth landing I had seen. Somehow it felt more meaningful than even the ones US always did in the ocean. I don't know why I felt that way but it seemed to be a real landing on earth's ground from out of space. This was a live programme for over an hour. They were careful taking them out of the capsule and sat them right into chairs which they then carried to the side, and when they had all three out they took lots of pictures and presented them with bouquets of flowers. Two men and one woman astronauts.
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Interesting article Brad6.

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