Anime Milwaukee is committed to bringing attention not only to Japanese pop culture, such as anime and manga, but also educational content about Japan’s rich traditional culture, including artwork, cuisine, language, music and more. We have great local community partners that we’ve been proud to work with and honored to bring out to the show. Below you will find more information on some of the partners who present at Anime Milwaukee.
Anaguma Eisa is a student organization at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that performs eisa, a traditional Okinawan folk dance from the Ryukyu Islands in southern Japan. Their performances excite viewers with a cultural fusion of dance, drumming, martial arts, and both traditional and contemporary Okinawan music. Their mission is to encourage people of all ages and abilities to develop their full potential through cultural understanding and performing arts. They share this mission through a variety of performances and workshops, including Asia Fest of Milwaukee, Madison Public Library, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC, which attracts over 1.5 million visitors each year.
The Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Japanese (WiATJ) is an organized comprised of various educators from many different schools and institutions that teach Japanese language in the state of Wisconsin, such as UW-Milwaukee and Franklin High School. According to the WiATJ’s mission statement, the WiATJ’s goal is to promote excellence in the teaching and learning of Japanese through networking among educators, through the assistance in the development of curriculum, through the development and support of statewide student-centered activities and programs, and through professional development activities.
The WiATJ will host several panels at Anime Milwaukee this year and WiATJ will also be selling Kimono and Kanji T-shirts for fundraising. Please support them and show them how welcoming the Anime Milwaukee community is!
Hibiki, literally means “echo sound” in Japanese, is the taiko (Japanese drum) group based in the Milwaukee metropolitan area. It is our mission to promote interest in and understanding on Japanese culture through taiko drumming. Formed in 2009, we have been giving taiko drumming performances in various cultural enrichment events offered by schools, companies, and community organizations.
Take a look at their past performances on their channel: