Special Guests Info
1. Anime Improve with The 404s
You know them, you love
them! They’ve brought their show to cons all across and even
ventured outside the Canadian boarders into Sakuracon in the US!
The 404s return to Otafest to perform their unique brand of
anime themed improvisation! A fan favorite!
The 404s are a touring
group of improv performers based in Alberta, Canada. Presenting
their own brand of improv comedy at events across Canada and in
the United States, they combine heavy audience participation
with their own witty charm, and leave every show with a bloody
trail of busted guts and teary eyes in their wake.
For a schedule of the
404's performances, check out their website here!
2. Dave Rathnow & Shin Ken Kai Nobara (Iaido)
Iaido is the art of Japanese sword practice done with a
live blade. Dave Rathnow has praticed the art for 12 years, and
has given regular demonstration and talk on iaido at the Nikka
Yuko Japanese Gardens in Lethbridge. Be sure to check out his
demonstration and mini-lecture on this exquisite art!
Iaido is a non-combative
martial art that involves no direct physical contact or combat
with other individuals in the dojo. Practitioners perform
patterns, called "kata", that represent confrontational
situations where he or she is attacked by one or more opponents.
Almost all patterns are solo; that is, there is no physical
enemy. There are some two-person kata, but these are
choreographed, with one person defending against a pre-defined
series of attacks. Solo kata involve drawing the sword, making
one or more cuts, cleaning the blade, and returning the sword to
the scabbard with concentration and focus.
For more information on
Iaido, check out Shin Ken Kai Nobara's website here!
3. Calgary Go Club
How to Play Go
The Calgary Go club will be explaining the
principles of Go, then playing games with anyone who likes. Come
and learn the delicate art of strategy!
Made popular by the Anime/Manga series
Hikaru no Go, this ancient board game is coming back with a
What is GO?
GO is an ancient Japanese board game and
it's quiet easy to learn. The objective of the game is to
control more territory than your opponent. It is usually played
on a 19x19 grid board with 181 black and 180 white lens-shaped
Interested in learning or just having a
friendly game? Stop by the GO room and we'll assist you with
your GO needs!
4. Todoroki Taiko
Otafest is proud to
present the Todoroki Taiko group! The great Japanese drums will
be pounding their signature brand of musical magic at Otafest.
Come listen to these powerful Japanese drums as they weave you
into their exchanting spell! Just follow the sound of the
rhythmic rolling thunder – you can’t miss it!
Taiko means ‘great drum’
in Japanese, and today is a musical art form performed by
hundreds of thousands.
The Todoroki Taiko team
is dedicated towards the common goal of learning and performing
Taiko Japanese Drumming. Through this, Todoroki Taiko is helping
to increase awareness and promotion of Japanese culture and the
arts in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
For more information on
Taiko, check out Todoroki Taiko’s website here!