Annual Series

Annual Series

Min-On has developed a long-lasting relationship with the Argentine Republic by inviting the world’s leading tango artists to feature in nationwide tours of Japan every year since 1970. To date, there have been more than 2,000 concerts in Japan spanning 41 installments of the Min-On Tango Series, and over 3 million people across Japan have had the wonderful opportunity to enjoy genuine tango performances from Argentina, the birthplace of tango. (Please see also the Latin and Tango page.)

Besides the Annual Tango Series from Argentina, Min-On has invited various acclaimed performing arts groups from the People’s Republic of China on an annual basis. This annual series of cultural exchanges between China and Japan was initiated based on the mutual esteem and friendship developed in the 1974 meeting between Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai and Min-On founder Dr. Ikeda. For the first engagement, the superlative performers of the Beijing Art Troupe were invited to Japan in 1975 under the auspices of Min-On as cultural ambassadors of China. Since then, Min-On has realized more than 40 separate Japan tours of various performing artists and groups from China and organized more than 1,500 public performances in Japan with a total attendance of more than 2.3 million people.

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1975 The Beijing Art Troupe
1976 The Shanghai Peking Opera Troupe
1979 Artists from Mongolia, former USSR, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nepal for the 1st installment of A Musical Voyage Along the Silk Road
1981 Artists from Iraq, China, Pakistan, and Romania for the 2nd installment of A Musical Voyage Along the Silk Road
1983 The Beijing People’s Art Theater
Artists from India, China and Turkey for the 3rd installment of A Musical Voyage Along the Silk Road
1984 The China Gansu Music and Dance Troupe
1985 The Shanghai People’s Art Theater
Artists from Uzbekistan, China and Turkey for the 4th installment of A Musical Voyage Along the Silk Road
1986 Individual acclaimed artists for the special friendship exchange concert
1987 Individual acclaimed artists for the special friendship exchange concert
Artists from Tajikistan, Mongolia, and China for the 5th installment of A Musical Voyage Along the Silk Road
1989 Artists from Iran, Azerbaijan, and China for the 6th installment of A Musical Voyage Along the Silk Road
1990 The Beijing People’s Art Theater
1991 The Oriental Song and Dance Ensemble
Artists from Kazakhstan, Greece and Egypt for the 7th installment of A Musical Voyage Along the Silk Road
1993 The Oriental Song and Dance Ensemble
1993 The Oriental Song and Dance Ensemble
Artists from Korea, Turkmenistan, Nepal, and China for the 8th installment of A Musical Voyage Along the Silk Road
1995 The Yunnan Song and Dance Ensemble
Artists from Syria, Kyrgyz and Pakistan for the 9th installment of A Musical Voyage Along the Silk Road
1996 The Xinhui Artist Group
1997 The Radio Nationalities Orchestra
1997 Chinese artists for the 10th installment of A Musical Voyage Along the Silk Road
1998 The Central Nationalities Song and Dance Ensemble
1999 The China Beijing Opera Company
2000 The Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe
2001 Pan-Asian Peace Art Festival
2002 The China Beijing Opera Company
2004 The China Cantonese Acrobatic Troupe
2005 The China Art Troupe
2005 The Tianjin Singing and Dancing Troupe
2006 The China Beijing Opera Company
2007 The Toho-Joshi-Gakubou, Chinese Ladies’ Orchestra
2007 The China National Acrobatic Troupe
2008 The China National Peking Opera Company
2009 The China National Peking Opera Company
2010 The China National Acrobatic Troupe