Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the World War II Internment Camps,

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Very sad news to report, that Miyako Molly Kimura passed away last Thursday at the age of 92. Her professional biwa name was "Kyokuto", maybe the only biwa player/teacher in California for many years. Molly graciously told her story in the Hidden Legacy documentary, and learned many of the arts while incarcerated at Tule Lake, including ikebana flower arranging ("...difficult ‘cuz no fresh flowers, so used paper flowers"), mizuhiki (silver and gold string weaving into shapes), sewing, Japanese language, tea ceremony. Molly even became an ordained Buddhist minister. She led a very full life, and filled our lives with music, laughter, and huge smile, and we will miss her terribly. www.legacy.com/obituaries/sacbee/obituary.aspx?n=miyako-molly-kimura&pid=180014888 ... See MoreSee Less

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Screening of Hidden Legacy at the Moraga Library last Saturday afternoon. Great turn out, included high school students from Acalanes High School in Lafayette, there for extra credit! Many thanks to elsie tepp of the Moraga Library and Brian Nagata of BDK America for hosting the screening. Also, thanks to the beautiful ikebana flower arrangements by Sharon Doi Swan and Jane Suiei Naito. ... See MoreSee Less

Screening of Hidden Legacy at the Moraga Library last Saturday afternoon. Great turn out, included high school students from Acalanes High School in Lafayette, there for extra credit! Many thanks to e...

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Found out few more airings on public TV this month. If you would like to see Hidden Legacy on your local public TV station, please contact them and let them know! They do listen to their audiences...

KLCS Los Angeles May 10 3am
KCSM San Mateo May 22 11pm
KVCR DC San Bernardino 24.3 May 19 11pm & May 20 4am

(photo shows teacher Kineya Jyo Rokusho playing the 3-stringed shamisen, center. At far right is Masayo Arii, her student, also playing shamisen, at Gila River, Arizona in a nagauta shamisen performance. Both women are interviewed in the film. Photo courtesy of Kineya Jyo Rokusho)
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