Ootoya Presents Kana Uemura Live
Saturday, July 8 from 3:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Ootoya Greenwich Village – 41 E. 11th Street (between Broadway and University Place)
Japanese singer/songwriter Kana Uemura will perform a free concert at Ootoya’s Greenwich Village location as part of the homestyle restaurant’s Tanabata celebration.
Tanabata, or the Star Festival, the Japanese observance of the meeting of deities Orihime and Hikoboshi, lovers who are allowed to meet only one day a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month. Ootoya has had Tanabata festivities all week, with specials on set meals, complimentary cocktails for guests who wear yukata, and tanzaku, narrow strips of paper on which guests write wishes and place on a bamboo display.
Inspired by Julie Andrews’s performance in The Sound of Music, Uemura debuted in 2004. The 34-year-old is best known for her song “Toilet no Kamisama” (“Goddess of the Bathroom”), a ballad about her late grandmother. The song became a #1 hit in Japan in 2010, earning Uemura Japan Record Awards for Best Song and Best Songwriter.
For more information about Uemura’s performance, please visit Ootoya’s website.