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Natto and Knife Sharpening in Chicago
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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

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Contact Eien for more information.

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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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Tataki Taiko and Shamisen Workshops

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

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

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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10:00 AM10:00

Solo Creation Workshop at Asano Taiko US

Workshop: Solo Creation for Taiko
Asano Taiko US (Torrance, CA)
June 4, 2017, 10am - 12:30pm

More info here:

This workshop will focus on creating solos on taiko. It is designed to help boost confidence by providing effective tools for any soloing scenario. The class will be divided into two parts: 1) working through improvisation exercises and 2) looking at ways to arrange predetermined material. By expanding our range of rhythms, sounds, and dynamics, we will strive to create solos which highlight individual expression. There will also be exercises to help ji players become better accompanists by listening, being flexible, and increasing tempo control. All experience levels are welcomed to participate.

Contact Eien with any questions.

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1:00 PM13:00

Atarigane Playing Workshop

Atarigane Playing Workshop

Atarigane Playing Workshop

Atarigane Playing Workshop
Makoto Taiko Studio in Pasadena, CA
Sunday, May 7th
1:00 - 3:30pm

Contact Eien to sign up and get more information.

Atarigane Playing
This workshop will cover some effective techniques for playing the atarigane (hand-held gong).  Topics include: exploration of various sounds, grooves, vocalizing patterns, notation, traditional rhythms, and new applications.  Participants are welcome to bring their own, but practice kane will be provided for use during the workshop.

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