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November 16, 2017 By Ian Lanouette

Asian Cultural Night

In August, Paradise Valley Estates residents and guests enjoyed a spectacular sampling of Asian culture as our very own PVE Japanese Folk Dancers and the Taiko Drummers put on a fantastic show in the Community Center parking lot.

During the second annual evening, a tradition that began in 2016, the drummers performed at the end of the parking lot and along with the dancers during one part of the program. It was amazing to watch the synchronization and complexity of the drummers’ performance. Their talent is absolutely mesmerizing and amazing.

The Japanese Folk Dancers were equally mesmerizing as they demonstrated the stylish and exotic steps and movements of traditional Japanese folk dancing. Their costumes were elaborate and delightful—one youngster hung on to her mother’s leg as both moved gracefully around the dance floor.

Susan Hashimoto was the dance instructor for our folk dancers and the result of their long hours of practice was clear as they moved gracefully through their dances. It was obvious to all that a great deal of enjoyment contributed to the success of their performance.

PVE life enrichment manager Denise Flowerday arranged for some “adult beverages” and delicious Japanese style hors d’oeuvres to be served during the performances. She was joined by members of the dining services staff in serving drinks and munchies to the seated audience. The event concluded just as evening dusk turned into darkness.

The evening was a night of culture that was enjoyed by all. We hope the tradition will continue each summer going forward.

Taiko Drummers

Residents enjoyed dressing in traditional Japanese attire.

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