2023

Community Performance
Kamui

About the Program

When the Dutch occupied Taiwan, they conducted trade with many different peoples—the Japanese included. One of the main trade products at that time was deer skin. The Japanese would use the deer skin as the inner layer within the armour that their samurai warriors wore.

These historical relationships continue to have an impact on us today. As globalization opens up more trading options, so does it create opportunities for us to share our cultures with each other. In our Dialogue with Japan in 2017, we realized that Japan and Taiwan share not only tremendous connections in the past but also the passion and love for democracy. We appreciate the continued friendship with the Japanese community.

This year, TAIWANfest welcomes a group of samurai artists to our stage. Let’s take a step back into the past, and trace our way through history to how culture shapes us today.

Coming all the way from Japan, prepared to be wowed by this group of Samurai artists. With their experience in sharing the breathtaking art form of martial arts, acting, and samurai culture, this is a performance that takes you into another world.

This program is presented with the support of Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre.
Kamui
Artist Background

Kamui is a troupe of “SAMURAI Artists” who merged a beauty of form, acting, and martial arts. They have been performing mainly overseas at venues such as Kennedy Center in the U.S.A., Pergola Theater and Vecchio Palace in Florence (Italy) in Europe, Hermitage Museum (Russia), Armani Hotel Dubai (UAE), Blue Note, and others.

Kamui established its own SAMURAI Method “KENGIDO” in 2012, offering Dojo experiences to teach sword techniques in Japan and other countries such as Italy, Poland, Czechia, Lithuania, Belarus, and the U.S.A. Kamui has also been involved in creating a short movie “Diamond Route Japan” in 2017 which is designed to promote the revitalization of Fukushima.

In recent years, Kamui worked with overseas public figures such as former soccer player Mr. Ronaldinho and French actor Mr. Gérard Depardieu, instructing them with SAMURAI techniques.

The leader, Shimaguchi, is the first Asian artist to have won the Consonanze Award in Florence, Italy, in October of 2018. In October 2019, he was appointed as a tourism ambassador for Aizu Wakamatsu City and Fukushima Prefecture. He choreographed the sword-fighting scenes and instructed actors in Quentin Tarantinoʼs movie “KILL BILL Vol. 1” (he also appeared in the movie as Crazy 88ʼs “MIKI”). Shimaguchi founded GENERAL INCORPORATED ASSOCIATION “CODE OF THE SAMURAI” and worked with various enterprises using four philosophies: cultural exchange, promotion of art, human resources development, and regional revitalization.

KAMUI is the only troupe of “SAMURAI Artists” in Japan to be disseminating Japanese “SAMURAI” culture as a form of art to the world.

From the Curating Team

Curating community performances at TAIWANfest is like painting a self-portrait, constantly questioning Taiwanese culture's role in a Canadian festival. With these community performances, we aim to foster cross-cultural dialogue and break down ethnic barriers, highlighting Canada’s diverse society.

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