Bonbu Stories Releases Contemporary Obon Odori Song Commissioned by BCA

TaikoVentures was honored to sponsor and provide administrative support to Bonbu Stories in this meaningful project.
Bonbu Stories members Emily Imazumi (Yoshihara), Miko Shudo, Vicky Zhang, Kendall Tani, Sydney Shiroyama, and Miharu Okamura. (Photo courtesy of Bonbu Stories)
Bonbu Stories members Emily Imazumi (Yoshihara), Miko Shudo, Vicky Zhang, Kendall Tani, Sydney Shiroyama, and Miharu Okamura. (Photo courtesy of Bonbu Stories)
Bonbu Stories members Emily Imazumi (Yoshihara), Miko Shudo, Vicky Zhang, Kendall Tani, Sydney Shiroyama, and Miharu Okamura. (Photo courtesy of Bonbu Stories)

Bonbu Stories Releases Contemporary Obon Odori Song Commissioned by BCA

TaikoVentures was honored to sponsor and provide administrative support to Bonbu Stories in this meaningful project.

This Summer and Fall, we were pleased to support Bonbu Stories, an Asian American arts collaborative, in their creation of Lantern Song, a piece commissioned by the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) to commemorate its 125th Anniversary. TaikoVentures Sponsored Vocationist Sydney Shiroyama is a member of Bonbu Stories. We served as the project’s fiscal sponsor and contributed to travel expenses for the group’s composition retreats.


Bonbu Stories formed under the mentorship of PJ Hirabayashi (TaikoPeace), and Chris and Dan Kubo. In addition to Sydney, the members of Bonbu Stories featured in this piece are Miharu Okamura, Miko Shudo, Kendall Tani, Emily Imazumi (Yoshihara), and Vicky Zhang. Lantern Song debuted on October 5th with a webinar that included an interactive lesson of the dance that accompanies it. Buddhist temples across the country will be encouraged to include this new contemporary song and dance during their 2024 Obon festivals.

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