Back in the Day


Above: Vocalists (from left) Brian Yamamoto, Keiko Kawashima, Helen Ota and Kurt Kuniyoshi. Below: Hits from the ’60s and ’70s prompted members of the audience to get up and dance. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)


GARDENA — The Grateful Crane Ensemble presented a series of special concerts for Sansei and other Nikkei caregivers at three locations — Oxnard Buddhist Temple on Nov. 3, Orange County Buddhist Church in Anaheim on Nov. 11, and Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute on Nov. 18.

Funded by a grant from Keiro, the free concerts were designed to provide a much-needed break from caregiving and bring back those carefree days of dancing to the sounds of Carry On, Free Flight and Winfield Summit, and the after-dance good eats at Holiday Bowl or Mago’s. Soji Kashiwagi of Grateful Crane gave opening remarks.