“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
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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