Kimono in Summer Time; is it right for you? + Anime Convention Matsuricon

Hello, welcome to the never-ending summer of 2018! For our first CBUS post, I wanted to share some of my thoughts about wearing kimono during the hottest time of the year. Something I didn’t quite connect with when I first started wearing kimono publicly was the concept of fabric and structural seasonality. It wasn’t until…

Sights At the 63rd Ginza Festival

This past weekend we were delighted to attend the 63rd annual Ginza Festival at the Midwest Buddhist Temple located in Chicago, Illinois. For three days there was a fantastic selection of entertainment including the likes of taiko, and even koto as well as traditional obon dancing. Aside from the entertainment which drew large crowds of…

Ginza Holiday Festival 2018

The 63rd Ginza Holiday Japanese Festival is to be held in Chicago, Illinois this weekend. This traditional Japanese Festival is among the longest running Japanese cultural events in the USA.  This festival includes a wide selection of traditional arts on display, as well as shopping. Some of the displays include but are not limited to…

Finishers’ Celebration: Great Lakes Taiko Center

Join us for the BIG end of summer party!!! We welcome Great Lakes Taiko Center – Raion Taiko.  The library event is partially funded by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Humanities Council and completely funded by our major sponsor the Adrian and Blissfield Railroad (The Old Road Dinner Train) and dozens of local business donations….

Japanese Summer Festival 2018

  The Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois is hosting their annual Japanese Summer Festival this weekend. On display is a wealth of traditional Japanese culture ranging from ikebana and bonsai, to taiko and calligraphy. These displaces are presented tastefully, and intended to be welcoming to anyone wishing to engage with these arts. Further more,…