genryu artsSAN FRANCISCO — GenRyu Arts’ annual concert will be held on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St. in San Francisco Japantown.

This fundraising concert is a celebration of GenRyu Arts’ 18th year of serving the Japanese and Asian American communities. This year’s theme is “Seijin no Hi — Coming of Age.”

Founded as Gen Taiko in 1995 and incorporated as GenRyu Arts in 2008, the group’s mission is to promote, present and participate in Japanese and Japanese American culture through taiko and other traditional and contemporary music and dance forms. Deeply rooted in San Francisco Japantown, GenRyu Arts engages in art-making that merges Japanese cultural forms with new music, spoken word and visual design into singular expressions that honor community heritage and address key issues stemming from the legacy of internment and redevelopment.

The concert will feature Melody Takata, artistic director of GenRyu Arts, Gen Taiko and Odori School, and Gen Ensemble; and special guest from Japan Noriko Sugiyama.

Doors open at 12 p.m. for a silent auction.

General admission is $22 in advance, $25 at the door; $17 for seniors 62 and older and for children under 12. For tickets, visit

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