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2022 SNHU International Education Week
Nov 2, 2022
RMD MA was invited to participate in International Education Week at Southern New Hampshire University.
We shared Okinawan culture by performing a robust program of Eisa pieces, interspersed with educational information on Okinawan history, Okinawan arts and Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko.
The students in the audience were enthusiastically engaged and the SNHU staff were amazing collaborators, supporting us throughout the day.
Thank you very much for having us!
2022 Asian american day festival
Sept 10, 2022
The weather was beautiful for RMD MA's debut Boston performance at the Asian American Day Festival on Boston Common.
Within a full and diverse program schedule, we added a unique addition to the lineup, showcasing several pieces from our repertoire. We were excited to see and hear joyous RMD MA friends in the audience during our set, and are very thankful for the many helpers and visitors to our booth throughout the day.
2022 EISA PAGEANT
Aug 7, 2022
The 2022 Eisa Pageant was a resounding success, and we were very grateful for the opportunity to participate in this worldwide event. We are honored to have shared the joy of Eisa with many new and old friends, embracing icharibacho-de-, which is an Okinawan phrase meaning "once we meet, we are friends/family for life."
Even though we were remote, we felt a very special bond by connecting with Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko branches in the USA, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Czech Republic, Japan, and Okinawa, as well as audiences around the globe.
Thank you, RMD, for organizing the Eisa Pageant!
2022 STOW SPRINGFEST
June 4, 2022
RMD MA performed at the 2022 Stow SpringFest, an all-day community event with a full schedule of indoor and outdoor activities, vendors and stage acts. We were very excited to introduce Okinawan culture to the audience, which included local residents and families, as well as some of our friends who came to watch and support us.
The weather was beautiful and the energy during our performance was elevated by the audience joining us with shouts of he-shi and waves of kacha-shi during our set. We look forward to seeing some of these folks in our upcoming Eisa Pageant practices!
2022 Sakura matsuri street festival
April 9, 2022
Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Massachusetts, Ohio, and Texas branches performed together at the 60th Anniversary Sakura Matsuri Street Festival in Washington DC. This was the grand finale event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, commemorating the 110th anniversary of Japan’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the US. sakuramatsuri.org
Our performance was the first collaboration of our three branches and we were thrilled that the audience enthusiastically joined us in he-shi (iya sasa! ha iya!) and kacha-shi. We were also grateful that two of our former performing members and their families were able to assist us with the event’s logistics.
A successful day in sharing our kokoro spirit!
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September 18, 2021
The bride, Erika, is from Uruma-city Okinawa, Japan where many traditional and contemporary Eisa groups are located. Erika wanted to celebrate her wedding by representing her heritage, and we were able to bring energy and best wishes for her special day.
Because of COVID, some of her family could not attend the wedding, though professional photographer Tokio captured wonderful moments of the event.
2021 Eisa pageant
What is the "Eisa Pageant"? RMD wanted to share the excitement of Eisa and Okinawan culture with everyone, from kids to adults. In 1993, RMD held the first "Eisa Pageant" at the Tomari Bridge in Naha-city, Okinawa, Japan.
In 2009, RMD officially named and started "The World Special Eisa Pageant," and asked Japanese and overseas branches to be part of it. This is an opportunity for the worldwide community to connect and about 4,000 people participate in this event each year. On the event date, the earth is the stage and participants dance with live music from Okinawa while live streaming to the public as well.
This year, we had a total of 9 participants performing a song with RMD MA.
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AAPI HEritage EVENT
May 21, 2021
Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko MA was invited to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month at Hanscom Air Force Base in Lexington, MA. It was an honor to present Okinawan Eisa as part of this event.
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, MA - Base Official
The event was held as part of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander culture.
“Now more than ever, holding observances cultivates a sense of community, instills a sense of meaning to what the cultures are about and creates positive memories for all involved,” said Maj. Joshua Caragan, co-organizer for the event.