Farewell Shikata ga nai

Last Friday, our students were treated to a performance of Farewell Shikata ga nai, an ode to creator Gabrielle Kazuko Nomura Gainor’s Japanese family and community’s persecution in American concentration camps during WWII. The work combines dance, Asian American theater, and live taiko drumming from Seattle Kokon Taiko – a group with which LWGMS founding parent Stan Shikuma P’01 performs – and deals with Nomura’s feelings about what happened to her jichan (grandfather) and her great-grandparents, along with 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.

The piece was powerful and beautiful, and we were honored to be given access to it. Thank you to Ms. Christine for connecting us with Gabrielle Kazuko, and for the group of dancers and performers who touched us so deeply.