The Bon Dance festival is a time to celebrate and honor ancestors through song and dance. Niigata Ondo is one of the dances performed at these festivals but has since the 1970s, nearly faded away. In honor of the late Richard Kotaka, Niigata Ondo is being brought back to Waipahu Soto Zen Temple for the first time in 50 years.
Just like any other pro sport, competitive video games have commentators to give the audience the play-by-play. In esports, they are called shoutcasters. Bobby Kuraya and Justin Bishay have been at the forefront of the rapidly growing esports community in Hawaii. Hear how they tell stories through shoutcasting.
We pay a visit to the Japanese Sword Society of Hawaii (JSSH), where the club perpetuates the art and culture of Japanese swords. Al Furuto, longtime member and president of the JSSH, shares how the club has fostered a community for sword owners and enthusiasts to learn and teach about the blade.
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