A one-hour documentary “Great Grandfather’s Drum” will be held on Sunday, May 27, at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Annex, 640 N. 5th St., in San Jose. Doors open/food sales begin at 11 a.m., movie/entertainment by San Jose Taiko from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
The film is a benefit in recognition of the one year anniversary of the Japan earthquake and tsunami that caused devastation that still requires assistance.
“Great Grandfather’s Drum” celebrates the Japanese American culture and history in Hawaii, by honoring the plantation life, World War II heroism and Hawaii’s statehood. The film portrays Maui Taiko, a contemporary Japanese American drum ensemble who seek their ancestral roots in Fukushima Japan, just prior to the earthquake and tsunami.
Kay Fukumoto of the film will be in attendance and will teach Fukushima Ondo. San Jose Taiko will make an appearance.
Today, Mitchell Fukumoto continues his great-grandfather’s legacy through taiko at Stanford University. Joining us for the film’s showing will be Kay Fukumoto to teach the Fukushima Ondo, a traditional folk dance.
Many Betsuin organizations will be participating. The Budldhist Women’s Association will sell inari sushi, the Adult Buddhist Association has desserts and the Sangha Support Committee will have spam musubi. Other affiliated organizations will also participate.
There will be a raffle and DVD sales.
Donation $20; Seniors 80+, child 12 and under $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Betsuin, from temple members, and at Nikkei Traditions in San Jose Japantown.
For more information, contact Karen Akahoshi at