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Saturday, October 17 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Closing Night: Made In Japan

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$35 Closing Night Ticket
Made in Japan

Sponsored in part by Hot Springs National Park Sister City Foundation and Japan Foundation New York

D: Josh Bishop | USA | 90 mins I Arkansas Premiere

Made in Japan is the remarkable story of Tomi Fujiyama, the first female Japanese country music star. From playing the USO circuit throughout Asia to headlining in Las Vegas and recording 7 albums for Columbia records, Tomi’s career kicked into gear with a 1964 performance at The Grand Ole Opry where she followed Johnny Cash and received the only standing ovation of the night. Forty years later, Tomi and her husband Shoishi Bamba  set out on a journey through Japan and across the United States to fulfill a dream of performing at The Opry one more time. Made in Japan is a funny, poignant multi-cultural journey through music, marriage, and the impact of the corporate world on the dreams of one woman.  Narrated by actor Elijah Wood.

Screening will be followed by a Q & A with Tomi Fujiyama who will perform at the after party sponsored by AY Magazine and Arkansas Money and Politics, catered by Central Park Fusion.

Josh Bishop, Tomi Fujiyama in attendance


Josh Bishop

Director of Made In Japan
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Tomi Fujiyama

Tomi Fujiyama is Japan’s first lady of Country music.In 1951 ”Tomoko Yamaji” switched from performing traditional Japanese Enka songs for local Japanese audiences, to playing Country Music for American soldiers on military bases across Japan. It was at one of these military bases that she became “Tomi” after the mispronunciation of her name by a soldier in the audience. Tomi played the military circuit for American... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

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