An Evening of Tap and Koto at the Kennedy Center

On October 18, at the Kennedy Center’s generous invitation, students from our Japanese Plus and Japan in DC programs had the opportunity to experience a unique cultural event, called “Japanese Connections.” The program featured two ground-breaking Japanese artists. Kazunori Kumagai, a tap dancer, performed in collaboration with a jazz trio — Masa Shimizu (guitar), Samuel Torres (percussion), and special guest, Alex Blake (bass). Then virtuoso musician, Yumi Kurosawa, played the traditional koto with hip hop dancer and Dancing with the Stars contestant, Virgil Gadson. The performance took place in the Kennedy Center’s renovated Terrace Theater, and was a tribute to the government and people of Japan, who supported the original opening of the space. The impressive program demonstrated the power of artistic collaboration across cultures – and left our students amazed, emotionally moved, and motivated to learn more! For many of our students, this was their first visit to the Kennedy Center.

Even more exciting, before the performance, our students were treated to a special discussion with Kazunori Kumagai, who shared his inspirational life story and answered questions about his career pathway. He gave us a whole new way of understanding the art of tap dancing. Then the students heard from Reiko Sudo, a renowned Japanese textile artist responsible for the beautiful art installation, “Fantasy in Japan Blue,” on display at the Kennedy Center (October 3-November 12, 2017).

Read our student writing here, here, here, and more in our Student Blog.

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Seeking New Japanese Language Teachers

Globalize DC is growing its Japanese language programs in the 2017-2018 school year!!

We are seeking one or two new dynamic part-time Japanese teachers to join our team. Interested? Download the job announcement here:

2017 Japanese Teacher Recruitment

We will fill the position as soon as we find the right candidate(s). Please share this announcement with anyone you think might be interested.

Feel free to contact sally@globalizedc.org if you have any questions.