Celebrating Alameda’s Forgotten Japantown with Performing Arts

Photo by Maurice Ramire

Celebrating Alameda’s Forgotten Japantown with Performing Arts

Sun Staff Reports

The Island City Waterways Japantown Art Walk honored Alameda’s Japanese American community with traditional Japanese folk arts, contemporary dance, traditional taiko and world music in Alameda’s historic Japantown district. Each performance reflects a different aspect of Alameda’s Japanese American community in conjunction with the City of Alameda’s Tonarigumi historic marker project. Performances were held on Friday, September 17, 2021 at the Alameda Free Library, The Buddhist Temple of Alameda and Buena Vista United Methodist Church. The Japantown Art Walk is a collaboration between Rhythmix Cultural Works, the Buddhist Temple of Alameda, Buena Vista United Methodist Church, the City of Alameda Free Library and Economic Development and Community Services Department.

Performances at the Buddhist Temple of Alameda on Buena Vista Ave. reflect traditional cultural celebrations. Photo by Maurice Ramire.