Madame Fujima Kansuma is joined by her daugher Miyako Tachibana and the 2017 Nisei Week Court at the closing ceremony. (MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)
At the closing ceremony for Nisei Week on Aug. 27, one special announcement was made for next year’s festival: Madame Fujima Kansuma will be the 2018 Nisei Week choreographer.
Madame Kansuma, who is 99, has been involved with Nisei Week for more than 80 years. The legendary Japanese classical dance instructor joined in the closing ceremony festivities, accompanied by her daughter Miyako Tachibana, who was Nisei Week choreographer in 2014.
Tachibana said that serving as choreographer for next year’s parade is the best way for her mother to celebrate her 100th year.
“She sees this community as HOME and she has taught here for decades. It will give us all an opportunity to celebrate and thank her for her many years of teaching and presenting us in a fashion that represents our Soke Fujima School and our culture in the best light possible,” Tachibana said. “Throughout her 80-plus years of being part of Nisei Week, she has always kept the bar high and we do our best to keep up with her.”