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Tue November 5, 2013
Arts & Culture

Drumming to de-stress at SF Taiko Dojo

Ryan Kimura plays a one-ton Taiko drum with the San Francisco Taiko Dojo. Photo courtesy of SF Taiko Dojo.
SF Taiko Dojo

Drummer Ryan Kimura was only nine-years-old when he first discovered Taiko. When he talked about this Japanese art form to a group of high schoolers, he “told everyone to close their eyes and listen to their heartbeats. And imagine everybody’s heartbeat coming together for one huge sound. And that’s really what Taiko feels like to me.”

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Thu August 29, 2013

Today on Your Call: How concerned should we be about Fukushima?

On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about the recent leaks from the nuclear power plant at Fukushima, Japan.  It’s been over two years since the plant suffered its original damage from the earthquake and tsunami.  Now, more than 300 tons of radioactive water has leaked from the plant into the ground and ocean.  So what do we need to know?  Could the entire Pacific Ocean be at risk?  And what can we be doing to prevent this? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


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Thu January 31, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Coping with tragedy through traditional Japanese poetry

A collage by Yoshito Sasaguchi features a collection of family photos that were damaged by flooding.

Since the late 1960s, San Francisco State has continued to be at the forefront of ethnic consciousness – and arts.

An exhibit that opens today, January 31, 2013, at the university is dedicated to the Japanese artform of Tanka, a 31-syllable poetry form that goes as far back as the seventh century. After the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, many Japanese survivors turned to writing Tanka poetry to express their grief, anger, and hope. Thirty of these poems are on exhibit at SF State. KALW’s Hana Baba visited the exhibit recently and brought back this report.

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