Interviews

Anything Goes at the 2013 Calgary Omatsuri

The final performance at the Calgary Japanese Festival was by the band Anything Goes. The group plays rock, pop and indie. I had a chance to chat with them after the Calgary Japanese Festival.

Minyo Dancers at the Calgary Japanese Festival

I catch up with Pat-san before the Minyo Dancers of Lethbridge take to the stage at the Calgary Japanese Festival.

Catching up with the Koto at the 2013 Calgary Omatsuri

The koto is a large stringed instrument from Japan (via China). Learn more about the koto in the clip and my interview with Mizue Asai-Kaufmann and Kaori Akiyama at the Calgary Japanese Festival.

Midnight Taiko Drummers at the Calgary Japanese Festival

Clips from the Midnight Taiko Drummers' performance at the Calgary Omatsuri as well as my interview with them. Pity the camera didn't catch the part when Jenny-san steals the mic and doesn't let go until several minutes after the interview was complete.

Calgary Omatsuri 2013 Interview with Dave Rathnow

My Calgary Omatsuri interview with Dave Rathnow sensei of Shin Ken Kai Nobara Iaido Club of Calgary. We talk about the martial art I started to learn - Iaido - and the differences between the two main styles practiced today.

Calgary Omatsuri 2013 Interview with Kay Toyota

My second interview from the 2013 Calgary Japanese Festival features my chat with Kay Toyota-san of the Kotobuki Seniors group. She explains the dances and shares her experiences of connecting with her Japanese heritage through Odori.