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Origin of Shubukai

In Chicago, the art of Japanese Classical dance was catalyzed by the presence of the Wakayagi Shiyu Kai starting in 1962. The presence of such a strong Japanese cultural icon in the Japanese American community provided a receptive and supportive environment for Fujima Shunojo to continue the cultural legacy in the Midwest when he began his school in Chicago in 1976. Read More

Dear Friends and Supporters of Shubukai,

We were able to finish the 47th Annual Shubukai performance at Ruth Page Center for the Arts this past September. 

We are grateful to all the energy and dedication from Asian Improv aRts Midwest members of Tsukasa Taiko, Toyoaki Shamisen, and Shubukai and the dedicated supporters helping through attendance and donations to our performances.   Fujima Shunojo, the Founder of Shubukai, was not able to perform or attend this year’s performance.  As you may well know, his health took a turn for the worse last October 2022, and he has since then been fighting to regain his strength and mobility.

There have been many issues regarding his current battle to regain his health, and we appreciate the  inquiries of how to send messages of encouragement. Fujima Shunojo Sensei has requested that there be no visitors.  We ask everyone to honor his wishes for privacy.  Any letters/messages of support can be sent to 4875 N. Elston, Chicago IL, 60630, addressed to Fujima Shunojo c/o Shubukai.  Thank you for your continued support, understanding, and cooperation. The fundraiser to help Shunojo Sensei and Shubukai will continue to the end of the year.

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46th Annual Performance

Shubukai has presented and taught Fujima style Japanese classical dance in Chicago for the past 45 years. We are happy to announce as part of the concerted efforts of everyone in
Asian Improv aRts Midwest, the organization has facilitated the purchase of a new building. The AIRMW building will be dedicated to continuing the legacy, training, and to proudly present traditional Japanese arts. To this end, one goal is to build a stage built for Shubukai that is made for Japanese Classical dance.

Shubukai has presented and taught Fujima style Japanese classical dance in Chicago for the past 45 years. We are happy to announce as part of the concerted efforts of everyone in Asian Improv aRts Midwest, the organization has facilitated the purchase of a new building. The AIRMW building will be dedicated to continuing the legacy, training, and to proudly present traditional Japanese arts. To this end, one goal is to build a stage built for Shubukai that is made for Japanese Classical dance.

Your generosity is essential for Shubukai. We continuously strive to sustain our cultural aesthetics by keeping our connections with Japan and presenting in both traditional and contemporary formats as we work to secure a place in the art/dance scene in Chicago representing our Japanese heritage. We would be honored to receive your support

Shubukai has presented and taught Fujima style Japanese classical dance in Chicago for the past 45 years. We are happy to announce as part of the concerted efforts of everyone in
Asian Improv aRts Midwest, the organization has facilitated the purchase of a new building. The AIRMW building will be dedicated to continuing the legacy, training, and to proudly present traditional Japanese arts. To this end, one goal is to build a stage built for Shubukai that is made for Japanese Classical dance.

Your generosity is essential for Shubukai to achieve these goals. We need your help to raise $15,000 to present the 46th Annual Performance and to build the new Shubukai Stage. We continuously strive to sustain our cultural aesthetics by keeping our connections with Japan and presenting in both traditional and contemporary formats as we work to secure a place in the art/dance scene in Chicago representing our Japanese heritage.

We would be honored to receive your support