to Nov 3

Food Events at Hawaii State Art Museum

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Natto and Knife Sharpening
Hawaii State Art Museum
Honolulu, HI

Natto Demo
November 2, 1:00 - 3:00pm

Japanese Knife Sharpening Workshops
November 3
10:00am - 12:00pm (Session 1)

1:00 - 3:00pm (Session 2)

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6:00 PM18:00

Knife Sharpening Workshop in Honolulu

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Japanese Knife Sharpening 
with Eien Hunter-Ishikawa
Tuesday, March 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Impact HUB Honolulu
1050 Queen St. #100 Honolulu, HI 96814
(opposite Whole Foods in Kaka'ako)

Tue, March 12, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM HST

ImpactHUB Honolulu Coworking
1050 Queen Street 
Suite 100 
Honolulu, HI 96814

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Natto and Knife Sharpening in Chicago
to Dec 2

Natto and Knife Sharpening in Chicago

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Japanese Knife Sharpening Workshop
December 1, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm

Japanese Knife Sharpening Workshop
December 1, 2018
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Natto Demonstration
December 2, 2018
12:00 - 1:00pm

Midwest Buddhist Temple event page:

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Japanese Knife Sharpening
In this workshop, Eien will teach the basics of Japanese knife sharpening on water stones. Japanese knife culture is distinct in several ways - the blade is sharper and thinner, sharpening is done on stones, and all chefs sharpen their own knives to complement to their individual cutting style. With this introduction of a few techniques, everyone will be able to sharpen their own knives and feel the joy of cooking with a sharp blade. More info about Japanese knives is on my blog:

Natto Demonstration
Eien will talk about natto, the fascinating, delicious, and nutritious fermented soybeans from Japan. The demo will include samples of fresh natto and offer ideas for traditional and non-traditional preparations. In Japan, natto is highly regarded as a ‘superfood’ with many health benefits including cardiovascular health, brain function, bone and teeth strength, and improved digestive system. Because all natto imported into the United States is frozen, this is a very rare opportunity to taste fresh, organic natto, whether you consider yourself a fan or not yet.

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Natto Demo and Knife Sharpening in Denver

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Natto Demonstration

1:00 - 2:00pm

Knife Sharpening Workshop

2:30 - 4:00 pm

Tri-State Denver Buddhist Temple
1947 Lawrence St.
Denver, CO  80202


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to Sep 2

Tataki Taiko and Shamisen Workshops

Kyle Abbott and Eien Hunter-Ishikawa of Tataki Taiko and Shamisen Workshops

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Tataki Taiko and Shamisen
September 1 & 2, 2018
Mountain View, CA
Kyle Abbott (shamisen)
Eien Hunter-Ishikawa (taiko)
Patrick Oiye (taiko, shamisen)

Tataki registration is open!

TATAKI brings two unique workshops each day in San Jose Japantown! The goal is to work on deeper collaboration between taiko and shamisen players. Kyle and Eien are composing a piece for this intensive, and participants are free to take it with them for their own use after the gathering.

Advanced Level: For regular practitioners of taiko and shamisen seeking to level up their abilities.

Beginner Level: To give regular shamisen and taiko players the opportunity to have fun trying the other instrument! Shamisen players can learn taiko basics, and taiko players can learn shamisen basics.

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to Aug 12

Regional Taiko Gathering in Seattle

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Regional Taiko Gathering 2018
15343 25th Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
August 10 - 12, 2018

Eien's workshops:
A Modern Approach to Ji Playing
Atarigane Playing
Shinobue Playing Fundamentals

More information here

Regional Taiko Groups-Seattle (RTG-Seattle - our consortium of ten performing groups in the Seattle area) are happy to invite taiko players from throughout our region to RTG 2018, on Saturday-Sunday, August 11-12 at Shoercrest High School in Shoreline, WA (10 miles north of Seattle). Inochi Taiko's 15th Anniversary Concert will take place at Shorewood Performing Arts Center a few miles away, also in Shoreline, WA on the evening of Saturday, August 11. 

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to Apr 30

Kyosuke Suzuki US Tour

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After a successful US tour in August 2017, Suzuki sensei will be back to teach and perform in Chicago, Minneapolis, and New York. 

April 11 - 18
Ho Etsu Taiko, Chicago

April 18 - 27
TaikoArts Midwest, Minneapolis

April 27 - 30
Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center, Brooklyn

Learn more about Suzuki sensei.

Contact Eien for more information.

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