Saturday, March 19, 2016

Temporarily Closed: Japonaise Bakery in Brookline

I was sad when I got to Japonaise Bakery yesterday and saw that the windows were papered over and they were closed. Fortunately, the closure is just temporary. I emailed them and the owner, Takeo Sakan, replied to say that he's installing some new equipment and hopes to reopen by the beginning or middle of next week. Phew! Hopefully that means their bread machine will be back up and running. It recently broke again. :( This is very sad because they're the only local source of freshly made Japanese breads in the Boston area. I'm very fond of their shoku pan (Japanese white bread).

As far as I'm aware, Japonaise Bakery is the only Japanese bakery in New England. I'm told here used to be a Japanese cake shop years ago in Belmont but they closed a long time ago. Another Japanese dessert business, Mochi Kitchen, was only open for a few years and closed last March when the owner relocated.

Japonaise Bakery was recently featured in a Harvard Magazine article about local bakeries.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Upcoming taiko performances

A couple of big taiko performances are happening in the next month!

The Genki Spark 5th Anniversary Making Women's History

The Genki Spark, the only all female, pan-Asian taiko troupe in the US, continues their year-long celebration of their 5th anniversary with two concerts later this month. Their events and performances are always high energy and positive and I love seeing them perform!

Being our 5th year we want to celebrate BIG! This year's 2 hour show is filled with some of our favorite pieces like 'Renshu', 'Kizuna', and our spoken word piece 'Who Am I? What Am I?' In addition, our brand new pieces: 'Hot Flash', 'Kachidoki', and 'Immigration Stories' feature and celebrate the diverse experiences of the women in our membership. New location, new pieces, same Genki love, joy, and passion!

This year we're thrilled to include long time friends and guest artists Tiffany Tamaribuchi (Saturday only) from Sacramento Taiko Dan (CA) and Karen Falkenstrom from Odaiko Sonora (AZ.)

As always, our show will begin with a reception with yummy treats, so bring your friends, bring your family, and come early to relax and celebrate with us.

Date & Time
Saturday, March 19, 2016
6:00pm Reception
7:00 - 9:00pm Show

Sunday, March 20, 2016
11:00am Reception
12:00 - 2:00pm Show

Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley St., Roxbury MA 02119

See the Hibernian Hall website for details.

In advance: $20 general admission, $10 student w/ ID, $8 children under 10
At the door: $25 general admission, $15 student w/ ID, $10 children under 10
Group discounts available.
Purchase tickets here.

Tamagawa Taiko & Dance

Tamagawa Taiko & Dance, a performance group from Tamagawa University in Tokyo led by professor and kabuki master Isaburo Hanayagi, is returning to the Boston area for a performance at Wellesley College. Their performance is co-presented by The Japan Society of Boston.

Join us to experience an exciting evening of high energy Taiko drumming and Japanese folkloric dancing on the beautiful campus at Wellesley College. 
The Tamagawa Taiko & Dance group has been touring the world since 1961. With a growing fan base, they have been invited to the Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Festival every year since 2003.

This group of over 40 highly talented performers are returning to the U.S. this year to share their music & dance in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., New York and Boston! Performances in New York have been sold out every year since 2010.

Date & Time
Saturday, April 9, 2016
5:00pm Doors open
6:00 - 7:30pm Performance

Wellesley College, Alumnae Hall
106 Central St., Wellesley, MA 02481


$20 general admission, $10 students (note: ticket prices are $22.09 & $11.54 with surcharge)
Purchase tickets here.

Update: A friend just pointed out that I forgot to include the March 13th performance of Yamato: The Drummers of Japan at Berklee College of Music.

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