Japanese Folk Music and Dance at 2017 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

On Thursday, July 20, the Consulate General of Japan, in partnership with the 2017 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival presented a special lunchtime concert performance featuring Japanese folk music and dance. Kyle Abbott and Mike Penny of Bachido Shamisen performed both traditional Japanese pieces as well as interpretations of American folk classics on the shamisen. They were joined by Awakko-ren performing the traditional Awa Odori dance of Tokushima Prefecture. About 600 people attended this performance.

Shamisen Performance by Kyle Abbott and Mike Penny

The audience enjoys the shamisen performance

Awakko-Ren performs Awa Odori

Awa Odori incorporates both music and dance

Awa Odori dancers wear a unique kimono and hat

Awakko-Ren members dance amongst the crowd

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