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Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Semi is Tomo No Kai's end-of-the-year formal banquet where we celebrate all the seniors, interns, unkies, and members that made Tomo possible! Please contact Le Tran if you want to buy a Semi bid. Last day to buy is Thursday 11:59 PM!


31st annual cultural night: beyond the fence


Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Tomo No Kai is the Japanese/Japanese American cultural and social club at the University of California, Irvine. Cultural Night is one of the biggest events that Tomo No Kai hosts, which showcases all of the hard work and dedication of our members who have practiced throughout the year.

Our 31st Annual Cultural Night, “Beyond the Fence" (柵を超えて), follows Arnold Iwasaki, the son of a famous baseball player who left his family to pursue a career in Japan, and his struggle to find his passion for baseball. With the guidance from his grandpa, the support of his community, and the lessons of the past, Arnold realizes that to discover his place in the world he must step beyond his boundaries.

This year's show will feature performances from Skit, Tomo No Tones (singing), Odori (traditional Japanese dancing), Jodaiko (Taiko drumming ensemble), Tomo Modern (modern dancing), and lastly STTOMPS for the grand finale.

Written and directed by Ryan Hirano, Gen Fillipow, Kim Pham, and Mark Nakata

Produced by Aylin Yalcin and Cheryl Parker


jodaiko spring concert: hinode


Sunday, April 8th, 2018

Jodaiko is excited to be celebrating its 26th anniversary at their Spring Concert! The concert is titled "Hinode," which translates to "sunrise." After our 25th anniversary, we accepted twelve new members to create generation 26. We felt that this concert is representative of the new opportunities for Jodaiko. We invite you, your family, and friends to celebrate "Hinode" together!

Jodaiko, our sister club, is the collegiate taiko group based on the campus of the University of California, Irvine. Together, Jodaiko members bring the Japanese art of Taiko to UCI and the rest of Southern California. The name "Jodaiko" means "passionate drumming" in Japanese.

Never heard of taiko/Jodaiko before? Check out some of Jodaiko's pieces here!