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Here are some major past events that the ISU Japanese club has produced.

Japanese Night In the Ballroom

Idaho State University's Japanese Club is hosts Japanese Night every year in April in the ISU Pond Student Union Ballroom. This event is the club's annual celebration of the Cherry Blossom Festival. All students, family and friends are invited to experience eight authentic Japanese dishes prepared by members of ISU's Japanese faculty and ISU Japanese Club members and served by members of the Pocatello-Iwamizawa Sister City. Upon arrival attendees are welcome to enter the Ballroom where they can enjoy viewing items for sale and a slide show on Japan throughout the night. Dinner is served at about 6 p.m. and entertainment starts at 7 p.m. Entertainment begins with a mikoshi (shrine) procession celebrating the arrival of the spirit of the festival. The “arrival of the spirit” is heralded by the Japanese Club's Taiko drum group, who also performs additional pieces. Following is judo and karate demonstrations, a Japanese Dance performance and a fashion show. Tickets are made available in the ISU Pond Student Union lobby. Tickets purchased in advance are $10 for adults and tickets purchased at the door are also $10. Students presenting their Bengal Card receive a $2 discount. Children under 5 are free if they don't need a meal, or $5 with a meal.

J-Pop Concert

The J-pop concert featuring the singer Izumi from Tokyo, Japan, and the Pocatello band Somewhere in the Middle was a fundraiser for the Idaho State University Japanese Club. The ISU Taiko Drum Group opened the concert. Izumi and Somewhere in the Middle performed an eclectic mix of Japanese pop music in English, from a song by Ozzie Osborn to a song by Cindy Lauper. The purpose of the fundraiser was for the ISU Japanese Club to raise money to help save a Japanese high school.

Taiko Performance

Members of the ISU Japanese Club Taiko Drum Band, also known as Taiko of Idaho, performed in Boise as part of "Fall for Boise", a celebration of arts and community, according to Sachiko Fukuoka, Club Faculty Advisor. Six members of the club, Brian Farris, Sachiko Fukuoka, Chelsea Kawakami, Reymer Martinez, Thomas Sheehy and Toshie Yage traveled early Saturday morning, October 29 to Boise to play along with two other bands. The performance billed as "Taiko Drummers Live" took place between 10 am and 1 pm at the Capital City Public Market on 8th Street. This open-air market features fresh produce from local growers, baked goods, food, art, and handicrafts presented by the Boise City Arts Commission in partnership with the Capital City Development Corporation.

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