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:: Asian Festival

 

Performers & Demonstrations

Colorado Chapter of Modern Arnis (Martial Arts)

The Colorado Chapter of Modern Arnis has been Northern Colorado’s premier martial arts studio for over 25 years. They specialize in Chinese, Filipino, and Indian Martial Arts and are always sure to provide high-flying action wherever they perform.

Natalie Capino & Jennifer Leong Yep

Natalie and Jennifer are among the most talented vocalists that UNC has ever seen. These two dynamic showstoppers are sure to impress you.

Halau ‘O Hawai‘i

The dancers of Halau ‘O Hawai‘i will enchant you with their hula. For over five decades, students from Hawaii have enriched the UNC campus with the beauty of their island culture. The Halau is UNC’s most sought after performance organization, typically receiving between ten and fifteen requests per month to perform at shows, private parties, and public events.

A Fashion Show from Vintage Kimonos

Janine purchased some "fabric" grade kimono but found they were too precious to rip up. As handmade silk kimono is a dying art in Japan (made without the polymers that are now added to strengthen it), she wanted to preserve them. Most of the fabrics in and of themselves are works of art in regards to the technique of how the fabric is designed and made. For example, shibori is a Japanese tie-dye technique wherein tiny little knots are tied by hand making very intricate detailed designs. Janine LOVES kimono and the fabrics and wants to share her love of these beautiful increasingly rare items with other people who share her appreciation.

Tea Master Tokiyo Imanaka

Tokiyo Imanaka is a professor of Sado ("the way of tea") for Omotesenke, the principal school of tea ceremony. Born and raised in Hiroshima, Japan, she began her study of Sado at the age of 10. Upon attaining her position as a licensed instructor, Imanaka Sensei received the honorable name of "Sohji" Imanaka, which signifies tenure in the school. In 1969, Imanaka Sensei immigrated to the U.S., where for 20 years she studied and taught Sado in Los Angeles. With more than half a century of experience behind her, she relocated to Colorado with her family and continued to share her knowledge and mastery of Sado with the Denver community. Since 1995, Imanaka Sensei has been the tea ceremony instructor at the Denver Botanic Gardens' Center for Continuing Education. In 2002, she received an award from the Iemoto (Grand Master) of Omotesenke for her distinguished service in spreading knowledge of the tea ceremony outside of Japan. Imanaka Sensei continues to spread the principles of Sado--harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility to her students and the Denver community in hopes of increasing both cultural awareness and the understanding of this peaceful art.

Acupuncture Demonstration by Fred Jennes, M.Ed. L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. & C.H. (NCCAOM)

Fred Jennes received his B.A. and M.Ed. from Duke University. After a number of years working as a teacher and curriculum designer in higher education, he became interested in the study and teaching of medicine and worked at Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Computation Center as a researcher and systems analyst.  His continued interest in medicine eventually led him to complementary healing fields and he took up the study of acupuncture and herbology at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CSTCM).  After graduation he opened a clinic in Greeley, Colorado, where he still practices today.  He is on the faculty of CSTCM, served a term on the governing board of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado, and is currently a commissioner and site visitor for the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).  He has authored two books on acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, 750 Questions and Answers about Acupuncture (Blue Poppy Press, 2003) and Herb Toxicities and Drug Interactions: A Formula Approach (Blue Poppy Press, 2004). He is a professional member of the National Qi Gong Association, and teaches taiji and qigong in northern Colorado. 

Kyodo Demonstration by Shibata Sensei

Kanjuro Shibata is the XXVI Generation of bow makers for the Japanese Imperial Family.  His art, Kyodo (the way of the bow), is a true balance between sport and meditation.  He will be teaching our guests about the meditative practices of Japanese Archery.

Mindfulness Meditation Clinic by Shambhala Mountain Center

Nat Roman & Emily Sherbatshoy, two instructors from the Shambhala Mountain Center, will be conducting a meditation clinic.  Learn to center yourself and become peaceful in an increasingly stressful world.

Chinese Lion Dance by Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Association

There are many different sayings about the origin of the lion dance but none with any real historical records.  One saying quoted that 'Many years ago there was a lion which appeared in a small village and it caused harm to the people and domestic animals.  There was a Kung-Fu expert who learnt of this and went into the forested mountain to fight with the lion.  He fought with the lion on three occasions but was unable to capture it.  So he called up some of the villagers and trained them in Kung-Fu with the intention to kill the lion.  A few months later, they went up to the mountain again and finally they killed the lion.  The villagers, in order to celebrate this occasion, followed the steps of those who fought with the lion and thus the 'lion dance' was composed.  The Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Association is renowned for their Lion Dance and it is an honor to have them at our festival.

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