Ho Etsu Newsletter – December 2016

Ho Etsu Newsletter – December 2016


Yuta Sumiyoshi in Chicago

Ho Etsu joins Yuta Sumiyoshi of world-renowned KODO taiko ensemble to play a free show this Sunday, December 11. The performance is part of an afternoon of performances at the Japan Culture Fair:

1:30-1:50 p.m.: Koto (Japanese string instrument)
1:55-2:15 p.m.: Kendo (martial art)
2:20-3:45 p.m.: Taiko concert with Ho Etsu and Yuta Sumiyoshi (Japanese drumming)
3:50-4:30 p.m.: Eisa and Awa Odori dancing

This event is co-sponsored by the office of the Consulate General of Japan and Ho Etsu Taiko with a generous grant from the Japan Foundation. Check out our Facebook event for more info.

Japan Culture Fair: Sunday, 12/11, 2:20pm, Whitney Young High School, 211 S Laflin St, Chicago, IL 60607, free admission.

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HET 2016 Giving Campaign

Ho Etsu’s 2016 giving campaign rages on! Thanks to all who have contributed so far. We’ve been touched and humbled by your support.

Our fundraiser runs to the end of the year, and all donations are tax-deductible. Visit our online donation page to see what your gift goes toward – new drums, bachi and hachimaki are all in the works – and get more bang for your buck this holiday season.

Psst! We also accept donations via mail if PayPal isn’t your thing. Simply send a check payable to Ho Etsu Taiko c/o the Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W Menomonee, Chicago, IL 60614.


Mochitsuki at MBT

No household in Japan is without mochi – or pounded rice cakes – on New Year’s Day. Midwest Buddhist Temple holds their Mochitsuki festival every year in December. We take turns pounding rice with old-style kine (finally, our habit of hitting things in rhythm comes in handy!), while everyone, from first-timers to seasoned veterans, helps shape the small balls by hand. Join us for the celebration. Happy mochitsuki, everyone!

Mochitsuki: Saturday, December 17, 8:30am to 12:45pm, Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W Menomonee, Chicago, IL. This event is free and open to the public. Click for more information!

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