Ensohza's Performing Arts Company

 

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Ensohza Minyoshu is the larger performing arts company associated with our folk music ensemble, Ensohza. The company learns and performs traditional folk dances from Japan. Our repertoire currently includes:


• Sanbonyanagi Sansa Odori
• Nishimonai Bon-odori, Ondo and Ganke
• Kuroishi Yosare
• Soran Bushi
• Sado Okesa
• Kokiriko
• Various Bon dances


Ensohza Minyoshu has performed at venues throughout the Bay Area including:


2015
• Millbrae Japanese Culture Festival, Millbrae, CA
• Enmanji Temple Obon Odori, Sebastopol, CA
• Buddhist Church of San Francisco Obon Odori, San Francisco, CA
• Enmanji Temple Teriyaki BBQ and Bazaar, Sebastopol, CA
• Sonoma Matsuri, Santa Rosa
• San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival


2014
• Millbrae Japanese Culture Festival, Millbrae, CA
• Keiro-kai, Enmanji Temple, Sebastopol, CA
• Yerba Buena Gardens with Kyle Abbot and Yukiyo Takaishi, San Francisco, CA
• Obon Festival, Enmanji Temple, Sebastopol, CA
• San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival
• Sonoma Matsuri, Santa Rosa
• Pacific Pathways Concert at Oakland Asian Cultural Center
• Sausalito Sakaide Sister City Fundraiser
• Nikkei Matsuri, San Jose, CA


2013
• San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
• Marimba to Minyo, Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda
• San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival
• Enmanji Temple Obon Festival


2012
• International Taiko Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
• Millbrae Japanese Culture Festival
• San Leandro Public Library
• Nikkei Matsuri, San Jose
• Sonoma Matsuri, Santa Rosa
• San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival
• SF Japantown Kimono Days
• Enmanji Temple Obon Festival


2011
• Millbrae Japanese Culture Festival
• San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival
• North American Taiko Conference Taiko Ten Concert
• SF Japantown Kimono Days
• Enmanji Temple Obon Festival
• Ozumo Restaurant Sakura Matsuri


2010
• San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival auditions
• Crissy Field Center Grand Reopening
• San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival
• KQED's Asian Pacific Awards Ceremony at KQED Studios
• Bay Area Discovery Museum Asian Pacific Heritage Festival
• Marin County Fair
• Sonoma County Taiko's 15th Anniversary Concert
• San Francisco Trolley Dances
• Culinary Institute of America Worlds of Flavor International Conference
• Enmanji Temple Obon Festival


2009
• San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival
• WW II commemorative family campfire event honoring Japanese Americans in the Presidio of San Francisco
• Culture Day at the East Bay Japanese Language School
• Gualala Arts Center
• Petaluma Summer Music Festival
• Meigetsu Harvest Moon Festival in San Francisco
• Oakland-Fukuoka Sister City Moon Viewing Celebration
• Enmanji Temple Obon Festival
• Senior Appreciation Event for the Japanese American Citizens League of Sonoma County

 

 

Join Us


Ensohza is currently recruiting new members to join our dance ensemble. Men and women with an interest in traditional folk dance are welcome.


• No experience is necessary
• Must be available for training and rehearsals on Sundays in the early evenings and willing to commit to 6-8 performances a year
• Flexibility and stamina a plus as these dances are challenging


Ensohza dancers participate on a volunteer basis and are occasionally asked to share nominally in the cost of rehearsal space and costume pieces. Dancers are expected to volunteer for group costume making days and other group business on a few rare occasions.


For more information or to arrange a visit to a rehearsal, please email us (in english or Japanese).