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Japanese Culture Event and Foreign Film Friday

  • The Historic Ute Theatre 410 4th Street Saguache, CO, 81149 United States (map)

Friday, October 25, marks our first Foreign film Friday at the Historic Ute Theatre. We will be kicking off this new tradition in grand style with a full afternoon and evening of Japanese cultural events! We are excited to welcome the Shumei Hikari Taiko Drummers from Crestone as well as visiting Grammy Award-Winning Taiko Master, Koji Nakamura. Come experience an introduction to Japanese culture through art (origami), through the powerful vibrations of taiko drumming as well as through 2 Japanese films! You might even get a chance to see a guest

modeling a traditional kimono! The kid-friendly afternoon event is by donation, and tickets for the evening event are $10.


1:00 Doors Open! Intro to Japanese culture/Japanese crafts for kids (origami) (1:30 seating for Taiko drumming)

2:00 Taiko drumming performance

3:00 - 5:00pm Japanese kids' film : I WISH (rated PG) with English subtitles.

The two brothers were inseparable, but now their parents have separated, and they live, one with each, in distant towns. This is the problem that must be solved in "I Wish," this 2012 film (rated PG) by the Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda,


(5:30 Seating for Taiko Drumming)

6:00 Taiko Drumming performance

7:00 pm Japanese comedy TAMPOPO タンポポ with English subtitles

The story is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship of love and food, but the main story is about trucker Goro, who rides into town like a modern Shane to help Tampopo set up the perfect noodle soup restaurant.

Please join us for both the afternoon and evening events! Children from around SLV are particularly encouraged to attend the Friday afternoon events to enjoy cultural immersion right here in Saguache!

We are grateful to Shumei International Institute for generously offering these events to the community! For more information, contact Heidi Wong at 719.427.1080 or

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