[Online Event] 51st Annual Meeting and Members’ Social
Wednesday, May 19 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us to celebrate another outstanding year in which we persevered through the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will include a special opportunity for online networking with friends and business associates, an overview of the 2020-21 programming season, introduction of new board members, and Japanese cultural entertainment. Please note that board membership voting will take place online in May and a separate email will be sent to current corporate and individual/family members.
Immerse yourself in the strong and energetic sounds of Tsugaru-shamisen with a special performance by an award-winning soloist, Akira Esashika.
The shamisen is a three-stringed traditional Japanese musical instrument. Today one of the most recognized genres of shamisen music is Tsugaru-shamisen, a style of playing and instrument with roots in the small peninsula of Tsugaru in present-day Aomori prefecture.
Akira Esashika Tsugaru Shamisen Performer
Esashika was born in Aomori, Japan and raised listening to his father’s Tsugaru-shamisen. He has more than 40 years of performance experience and won multiple national championships. He performed at San Diego, CA in 2014 and at Dallas, TX in 2018.