Ensohza's Performing Arts Company


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Ensohza Minyoshu is the larger performing arts company associated with our folk music ensemble, Ensohza. The company learns and performs traditional folk dances from Japan. Our repertoire currently includes:

• Sanbonyanagi Sansa Odori
• Nishimonai Bon-odori, Ondo and Ganke
• Kuroishi Yosare
• Soran Bushi
• Sado Okesa
• Kokiriko
• Various Bon dances

Ensohza Minyoshu has performed at venues throughout the Bay Area including:

• San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
• International Taiko Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
• Bon Odori, Enmanji Temple, Sebastopol, CA
• Bon Odori, Buddhist Church of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
• Sonoma Matsuri, Santa Rosa
• San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival
• KQED's Asian Pacific Awards Ceremony at KQED Studios
• Yerba Buena Gardens with Kyle Abbot and Yukiyo Takaishi, San Francisco, CA
• Pacific Pathways Concert at Oakland Asian Cultural Center
• Nikkei Matsuri, San Jose, CA
• San Francisco Trolley Dances
• Enmanji Temple Teriyaki BBQ and Bazaar, Sebastopol, CA
• Keiro-kai, Enmanji Temple, Sebastopol, CA
• Marimba to Minyo, Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda
• Millbrae Japanese Culture Festival
• North American Taiko Conference Taiko Ten Concert
• SF Japantown Kimono Day
• Crissy Field Center Grand Reopening
• Bay Area Discovery Museum Asian Pacific Heritage Festival
• Marin County Fair
• Sausalito Sakaide Sister City Fundraiser
• Sonoma County Taiko's 15th Anniversary Concert
• Culinary Institute of America Worlds of Flavor International Conference
• WW II commemorative family campfire event honoring Japanese Americans in the Presidio of San Francisco
• Culture Day at the East Bay Japanese Language School
• Gualala Arts Center
• Petaluma Summer Music Festival
• Meigetsu Harvest Moon Festival in San Francisco
• San Leandro Public Library
• Oakland-Fukuoka Sister City Moon Viewing Celebration
• Ozumo Restaurant Sakura Matsuri
• Senior Appreciation Event for the Japanese American Citizens League of Sonoma County



Join Us

Ensohza is currently recruiting new members to join our dance ensemble. Men and women with an interest in traditional folk dance are welcome.

• No experience is necessary
• Must be available for training and rehearsals on Sundays in the early evenings and willing to commit to 6-8 performances a year
• Flexibility and stamina a plus as these dances are challenging

Ensohza dancers participate on a volunteer basis and are occasionally asked to share nominally in the cost of rehearsal space and costume pieces. Dancers are expected to volunteer for group costume making days and other group business on a few rare occasions.

For more information or to arrange a visit to a rehearsal, please email us (in english or Japanese).