Watch the above videos for an introduction to
the Japanese Koto, and enjoy a song played on this instrument that mimics
the sound of an old fashioned steam locomotive. Koto played by our
cultural partner, Masumi Timson.
To learn more about Masumi Timson visit her website: www.masumi-koto.com.
Ikebana (生け花, 活け花, "arranging flowers" or "making flowers alive") is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is also known as Kadō (華道, "way of flowers"). The tradition dates back to Heian period, when floral offerings were made at altars. All the arrangements in the video above were done by our cultural partner, Nana Bellerud.
Salem Kawagoe Sister Cities
Mission: The Salem-Kawagoe Sister Cities is dedicated to developing friendly and meaningful relations with Kawagoe City and also with Japan. This interchange between the two cities furthers international understanding at all levels on a long term basis. We sponsor international exchanges with Kawagoe for adults and schools, and promote educational programs that increase our community’s understanding of the Japanese culture.
Read Salem-Kawagoe Sister Cities letter opposing violence against targeted groups Salem-Kawagoe - statement re violence 3 21.pdf.