2017 Events and Appearances:

APRIL

NIHONMACHI: THE PLACE TO BE & GROWING UP SANSEI
Presented by ACC Senior Services, Buddhist Church of Sacramento, Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m. – Nihonmachi: The Place to Be
Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m.—Growing up Sansei

Buddhist Church of Sacramento Kaikan
2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95818
For tickets, call Monica at ACC Senior Services at (916)394-6399, ext. 141.

NIHONMACHI: THE PLACE TO BE:

An Issei grandfather returns from the dead to bring J-Town back to life! After 99 years in business, Sansei Alan Iwata has decided it’s time to shut down his family’s manju-ya. But just as the doors are about to close, the spirit of his Issei grandfather returns to take Alan back to J-Town, the way it used to be. A story about family, history and finding one’s roots, “Nihonmachi: The Place to Be” features nostalgic Japanese and Americans songs which will take you back through time to the special place where it all began: Nihonmachi.

GROWING UP SANSEI:

Just the mention of a "Japanese American Dysfunctional Family Play" has brought smiles and laughter from Baby Boomer Sansei who grew up in a uniquely JA family environment.

Why is this so? What is it about growing up Sansei and family dysfunction that brings immediate recognition from those who were there to experience it?

These questions and more will be addressed in Soji Kashiwagi's new comedy/drama, "Garage Door Opener." In the play, we meet Glenn and Sharon Tanaka, a Sansei brother and sister faced with the daunting task of cleaning out their parent’s garage and house after they passed away.

As they sift through dozens of empty tofu containers, kamaboko boards and broccoli rubber bands, Glenn and Sharon begin to uncover items from their past that they knew nothing about, and in the process, begin to gain a better understanding of their parents--and themselves--by the items their mom and dad left behind.

After the reading, Dr. Satsuki Ina, an expert on JA family dynamics, will facilitate a dialogue about the play with Soji Kashiwagi, and answer questions about issues such as camp and its after-effects on the Nisei, Sansei and subsequent generations, shame and not bringing shame on the family and decluttering one's life of both emotional and physical baggage.


MAY

FAR EAST FEASTS
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mini Fundraising Dinners for Grateful Crane
Also Scheduled in 2017:
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Saturday, December 2, 2017
For reservations and info, call the Grateful Crane ticket line at (310)995-5841.
Seating limited to first 20 people.

"FAR EAST FEASTS"

“The Far East Feast” is our nostaligic, delicious and fun look back at one of our time honored traditions: Japanese Americans going out to eat Chinese food. But not just any Chinese food. It’s the old-school Cantonese-style food we call “Chinameshi” made famous at the Far East Café in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo.

Sansei Chef John Nishio has traveled all over the country and around the world in search of the elusive tastes of the Old Far East, but with little luck. So he decided to put his culinary skills to work and has re-created them on his own.

Here is what’s for dinner at John Nishio’s “Far East Feast:”

Seaweed Soup
Chicken Chowmein
Sweet and Sour Pork
Almond Duck
Homyu
Shrimp in Lobster Sauce
Mabodofu
Chashu
Ginger Beef

Also Featuring:
Favorite Songs from the Grateful Crane Singers
Tour of John Nishio’s Japanese Garden
Screening of Japanese American/Far East Historical DVD
(Produced by John Nishio)


JUNE

GROWING UP SANSEI
Presented by the Ventura County JACL
Saturday, June 17, 2017
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Oxnard Buddhist Temple
Social Hall
250 South H Street, Oxnard, CA 93030
Donation: $15.00
For tickets, call Anne at 805/469-5487 or email: venturacountyjacl@hotmail.com


COMING THIS FALL

SEPTEMBER

“CAMP DANCE” AT THE ARAB AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM
Friday, September 8, 2017
Town Hall Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Camp Dance performance at 8 p.m.
Located in the town of Dearborn, Michigan (near Detroit), the Arab American National Museum has reached out to Grateful Crane to do a shortened version of “The Camp Dance: The Music & The Memories” as part of a special 9/11 remembrance program connecting the Japanese American WWII incarceration to what’s happening with Arab/Muslim Americans today. Along with the show, members of Grateful Crane will also participate in a town hall meeting which will precede the show. (Date and time TBA.)


NOVEMBER

“GROWING UP SANSEI” IN SAN DIEGO
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2 p.m.
San Diego Buddhist Church

THE GRATEFUL 4 & FRIENDS VARIETY SHOW AT OCBC
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Orange County Buddhist Church MPB

Members of our Yonsei Acapella Group, the Grateful 4, will present an entertaining variety show at the Orange County Buddhist Church in Anaheim this November as a benefit for Grateful Crane and OCBC’s Building Fund. Featuring the musical talents of group members Michael Murata, Aimee Machida, Lisa Horikawa and Emily Yoshihara, the show will include plenty of acapella singing, solo songs, live taiko and koto, plus guest appearances by Grateful Crane’s long-time members.


SPRING 2018

“CAMP DANCE” AND “NIHONMACHI” COMING TO CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Next year, Grateful Crane travels to the Midwest with the Chicagoland premiere of “The Camp Dance: The Music & The Memories” and “Nihonmachi: The Place to Be” presented back-to-back over one weekend. This will be the first time the people in the Midwest will get to experience the full versions of Grateful Crane’s signature shows.
(Exact date and time TBA.)