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Asian Improv aRts collaborating with Melody Takata, Madame Fuima Kansuma, Hideko Nakajima, Tatsu Aoki, and members of Gen Taiko to create a performance on the theme of Shimenawa. Shimenawa is created by binding together multiple threads for strength and refers to the historic, aesthetic qualities of Japanese culture that Nikkei (people of Japanese descent born outside of Japan) embrace in an effort to maintain and nurture community.