Cultural Arts


3 to 1: Cultural Arts

How do generational differences affect opinions of cultural arts and their importance? You want to know, and so do we.

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Dear Ji-Chan

Thank you Ji-chan for teaching me and exposing me to Japanese art forms. Your efforts to teach me about my Japanese culture have not gone unnoticed.

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The Evolution of Collegiate Taiko

Collegiate taiko has had a prolific expansion over the last couple of decades. Let's explore how it's grown and where it still needs to go.

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This is the Way

It’s not the destination, it’s the journey. And if you guys can understand that, then what you’ll see happen is that you won’t accomplish your dreams, your dreams won’t come true; something greater will.

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Cultural Fusion: A Mother & Son Explore New Paths Through the Art of Taiko

It is our hope that the taiko community never loses sight of its roots as it works toward an inclusive and collaborative future that celebrates individual uniqueness and cultural diversity.

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Dango Mochi Amigurumi Pattern

Dango Mochi Amigurumi Pattern

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What is Ikebana?

Ikebana is a long practiced Japanese art. This is my experience practicing it.

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Going Bananas During Quaran-bean: My 6-Day Enforced Quarantine in Japan

With the sudden surge of covid over winter break, Japan has completely shut down their borders to foreigners, and made it very difficult for Japan passport holders to enter Japan. Here's my story.

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