Japan Day 2017

Sep 4th (Mon) 2017

Time: 12~3 pm

Venue: Basque Center

601 W Grove St, Boise




Yama Taiko Team

Yamataiko was founded in 2013 in Idaho Falls. They have performed at many occations in Idaho Falls, Pocattello and Boise.

Their director, Janet Youngblood was the founder of Manhattan Taiko in New York. After retiring, she relocated to Idaho Falls and organized a new Taiko group and has been performing regularly. 

Japanese Dance

Takako Hara

Takako Hara

Takako began to learn Buyo, Japanese traditional dance, when she was 2 at Fujima School in Osaka and was given my natori (a professional performance name) 藤間 禄舞寿Fujima Rokumaijyu at the age of 17.

She has been active with Portland State University's English Kabuki projects. She provided choreography and instruction for The Revenge of the 47 Loyal Samurai -忠臣蔵- in 2016 and The Castle Tower -天守物語- & The Puppeteer -傀儡師- in 2017 .


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Shishimai Team

Boise Shishimai team inherited the tradition from Noshiro city in Akita Japan.

The story was told "When a traveling performer became sick in Noshiro city, he was nursed by the local villagers. When he recovered, he taught the villagers the Shishimai dance." 

The purpose of the dance is to vanquish demons and leave people hale and hearty.



Emmett lived in Okinawa for 2 years. During that time, he fell in love with the sound of the Shamisen and Sanshin and learned how to play and sing the Okinawan folk songs. While in Okinawa, Emmett performed on many occasions, won contests in Japan and US.  In 2014, He earned Sanshin certification in Okinawa.

He will perform with Michelle Ricks or our exchange student Rimi Sato.



Idaho kendo club led by Robert Stroud (Kendo Kyoshi 7-dan ) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Japanese fencing. They offer classes in kendo and iaido for students of all ages. Kendo is a fun activity that promotes physical, mental, and cultural learning. Idaho kendo club is a member of the Pacific Northwest Kendo Federation, and All United States Kendo Federation.


Aikido enbu will be performed by Aikido-Arniskido Self-Defense Learning team led by Rick Miller.

The children's group will be performing randori with knife attack and sword katas.

The adult group will perform randoris, 7 saburie, Sanju ich jo kata.

14 performers .


Treasure Valley Judo and Mushin Judo Club from Boise, Idaho

Time Table





Genki Takoyaki

Tiki Shaved Ice

Rice Works

Mochi cakes


Anime Oasis

Idaho Koi Society

Karen Day

Flea Market


Yo-Yo Fishing

Bouncy Ball Scoop





Ennichi Carnival

Flea Market

IJA Booth



If you are interested helping out Japan Day,  please contact us!

Location: The Basque Center, Basque Block

601 W Grove St, Boise, ID 83702