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Japanese Arts

“I think that the Japanese culture is one of the very few cultures left that is its own entity. They’re just so traditional and so specific in their ways. It’s kind of untouched, it’s not Americanized.” — Toni Collette

In addition to cultural exchange programs with musicians and artists invited from all over the world, Min-On has sponsored a comprehensive selection of concerts in Japanese traditional performing arts, such as Minyou (Japanese folk music), Nichibu (traditional dancing) and performances of Japanese traditional musical instruments, including the Taiko, Shamisen, Koto and Shakuhachi.

Min-On has also developed an extensive network to promote wide-ranging music and theatrical performances unique to the Japanese cultural tradition—from Kabuki to Takarazuka musicals, from popular Kayo-kyoku to modern Japanese pop, from traditional Rakugo to modern Owarai talk shows—to as broad a range of Japanese audiences as possible.

Japanese Traditional Music Nagauta in 1974

Shamisen Concert

Japanese Art

Japanese Art

Japanese Traditional Performing Arts Series: among many others

1970   Min-Bunren Folk Arts Association “The First Minyou Festival” (148 performances)


1972   Okinawa Song and Dance Group


1973   Original Rokyoku performance “Wife in My Heart”


1974   Traditional Japanese Nagauta performance: “Minnano Hogaku”


1977   “Kikuno-kai” Japanese Dance Troupe: “Michinoku no Onna”


1980   Min-Bunren Folk Arts Association “Singing the Heart of Minyo”


1987   “Kodo” Japanese Taiko Drum Troupe performance


1988   Min-Bunren Folk Arts Association


1990   “Kikuno-kai” Japanese Dance Troupe


1997   Min-Bunren Folk Arts Association


1998   “Kikuno-kai” Japanese Dance Troupe


2003   “Asuka-Gumi” Japanese Dancing Drum Troupe


2006   “Asuka” Japanese Dance Academy


2008   Japanese Koto Harp performance by Shoin Yamase VI


2009   “Hanayakara” Japanese Performing Art Show


2011   Tsugaru Shamisen “Masahiro Endo and Erina Endo”


2013   Sho Asano (Tsugaru Shamisen)


2013   Mitsugu Koyama (Tsugaru Shamisen)


2014   Japanese Drum Performance “Da Da Da Dan”


2015   Yoshida Brothers (Tsugaru Shamisen)


2016   Traditional Music Instruments Troupe “ENISHI”


2016   AUN J Classic Orchestra

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