Cultural Programming

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.

Okami Taiko

Okami Taiko is a student lead club at Madison College. They will be showcasing a variety of modern and traditional Eisa, a shiisa dance and more! Eisa is a dynamic folk dance incorporating taiko drums, martial arts and folk dance from the Okinawa Islands of Japan. Join Okami Taiko for an interactive, entertaining and educational show!



UW-Milwaukee and WiATJ

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!

Milwaukee Hibiki Taiko

Hibiki, which literally means “echo sound” in Japanese, is a taiko (Japanese drum) group based in the Milwaukee metropolitan area.

Taiko is an ancient form of traditional Japanese drumming that has been involved in various aspects of Japanese culture and history over many centuries.  It has functioned as a form of communication in the military, is played during religious ceremonies, rituals and local festivals, and has been incorporated into traditional Japanese theater (Noh and Kabuki). More recently, an ensemble style of performance called kumi-daiko, has become a popular art form all around the world.

It is our mission to promote interest in and understanding of Japanese culture through taiko drumming. Formed in 2009, Hibiki has been giving taiko drumming performances in various cultural enrichment events offered by schools, companies, and community organizations.

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