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Uzbekistan ambassador meets with Min-On officials

Uzbekistan ambassador meets with Min-On officials

On March 14, His Excellency Mukhsinkhuja Abdurakhmonov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Japan, called on the Min-On Concert Association. He was welcomed by Min-On President Koji Yamaguchi, Vice President Yasuharu Ito,...

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Janoska Ensemble concludes Japan tour with great success

Janoska Ensemble concludes Japan tour with great success

Janoska Ensemble, the acclaimed quartet from Vienna, Austria, successfully concluded their ten-concert tour of Japan on February 24, 2024. The latest tour marked the third that the Ensemble has made at the invitation of the Min-On Concert Association. Janoska Ensemble...

Sudanese envoy visits Min-On

Sudanese envoy visits Min-On

On February 22, 2024, Chargé d'Affaires ad interim Ali Mohamed Ahmed Osman Mohamed of the Republic of the Sudan Embassy in Japan paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Concert Association. He was welcomed by Min-On President Koji Yamaguchi, Vice President Yasuharu Ito,...

Min-On Music Journey No. 85: Republic of Ghana

Min-On Music Journey No. 85: Republic of Ghana

Welcome to Min-On's Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana in Japan extend a warm invitation to explore the vibrant culture of Ghana, situated in West Africa. Ghana, the first sub-Saharan African country to attain...

Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of Haiti visits Min-On 

Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of Haiti visits Min-On 

On January 30, 2024, Dr. Watson Racius Denis, acting Chargé d'Affaires ad interim of the Republic of Haiti to Japan, called on the Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo. He was welcomed by Min-On President Kazuto Ito and Managing Director Kiyoshi Komatsu. In their...

Greetings from the new Min-On president

Greetings from the new Min-On president

Daisaku Ikeda founded the Min-On Concert Association on October 18, 1963 from his belief in the power of music to inspire empathy and friendship among people, thereby leading to the further flourishing of culture and advancement of peace. Today, our Min-On network for...

Min-On Music Journey No. 84: People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Min-On Music Journey No. 84: People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh in Japan welcome you to Bangladesh, located in the east of the Indian peninsula over the Bay of Bengal. Travel guide for Bangladesh: ・Enjoy...

Cuban ambassador calls on Min-On

Cuban ambassador calls on Min-On

On January 23, 2024, Her Excellency Gisela Beatriz García Rivera, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba to Japan, paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo. She was welcomed by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive...

Argentine tango group Quintet del Ángel visits Min-On

Argentine tango group Quintet del Ángel visits Min-On

On January 23, 2024, the Argentine tango group Quintet del Ángel led by Humberto Ridolfi called on the Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo and were greeted by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive Managing Director Hideshiro Akiya and attending staff members. In way...

Min-On Music Journey No. 83: Republic of the Sudan

Min-On Music Journey No. 83: Republic of the Sudan

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Republic of Sudan in Japan welcome you to the third largest country on the African continent, Sudan. Travel guide for Sudan: ・Meet rare marine life at Dungonab Bay –...

Min-On holds international students music festival in Kyoto

Min-On holds international students music festival in Kyoto

On December 3, 2023, the Min-On Concert Association organized the Kyoto International Students Music Festival, which featured 33 students from nine countries who are currently studying at eight universities in the Kansai region. The event showcases the songs and...

Japanese taiko drummers wrap up Taiwan tour

Japanese taiko drummers wrap up Taiwan tour

On November 14, Maidaiko Asuka-Gumi opened its tour of Taiwan for the first time in four years with a concert at Taipei’s National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. The renowned traditional Japanese drum troupe’s fanbase in Taiwan is sizeable; Office of the President...

Chinese business delegation visits Min-On

Chinese business delegation visits Min-On

On November 15, a 25-member Chinese economic exchange delegation led by Dr. Chen Qiwei and which included Xinjiang Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai Honorary Chairman Deng Xuchun, paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Concert Association. The delegates were welcomed by...

Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings

The Min-On Concert Association extends our warmest season’s greetings and very best wishes for the New Year. Commemorating its 60th anniversary in 2023 and with the covid pandemic expected to wind down in 2024, Min-On has restarted in earnest cultural exchange...

Min-On Music Journey No. 82: Kingdom of Cambodia

Min-On Music Journey No. 82: Kingdom of Cambodia

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Japan welcome you to Cambodia, located on the Indochina Peninsula. Music Journey Editorial Team Choice Artist: Sang Sok Serey This issue's featured artist is...

Argentine ambassador calls on Min-On

Argentine ambassador calls on Min-On

On November 24, His Excellency Rubén Eduardo Miguel Tempone, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Argentine Republic to Japan, visited the Min-On Concert Association. He was greeted by Min-On President Kazuto Ito and Executive Managing Director...

Renowned jazz flautist visits Min-On

Renowned jazz flautist visits Min-On

On November 29, Latin Grammy Award-winning jazz flautist Nestor Torres visited the Min-On Concert Association. In way of expressing his gratitude to the welcoming Min-On staff, Mr. Torres surprised everyone—including visitors—with an impromptu solo, playing “Till...

Min-On Music Journey  No. 81: State of Eritrea

Min-On Music Journey No. 81: State of Eritrea

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the State of Eritrea in Japan welcome you to Eritrea, located in the northeast of the African continent. Located in the northeast of mainland Africa, Eritrea is a country in...

Costa Rican ambassador calls on Min-On

Costa Rican ambassador calls on Min-On

On November 7, His Excellency Alexander Salas Araya, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Costa Rica to Japan, paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Concert Association. He was welcomed by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Managing Director...

Indian musical troupe visits Min-On

Indian musical troupe visits Min-On

On November 10, members of “Mumbai ☆ Star,” a performing arts troupe from India, paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Concert Association. They later toured the Min-On Music Museum and enjoyed its collection of classic pianos and music boxes. “Mumbai ☆ Star” is an...

Rajaton visits Min-On in Tokyo

Rajaton visits Min-On in Tokyo

On November 10, Finland’s premier acapella group Rajaton called on the Min-On Culture Center. Upon entering the center, the group’s five members moved the greeting Min-On staff with a song expressing their gratitude for the warm welcome they received. The group also...

Anata Bolivia visits Min-On, rehearses at hall

Anata Bolivia visits Min-On, rehearses at hall

On November 6, the folklore group Anata Bolivia led by Hiroyuki Akimoto toured the Min-On Music Museum in Tokyo. Following the tour, which included taking in music box performances, the Bolivian group conducted a rehearsal at Min-On’s Museum Hall. Invited by Min-On,...

Min-On Music Journey No. 80: Republic of Guatemala

Min-On Music Journey No. 80: Republic of Guatemala

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Republic of Guatemala in Japan welcome you to Guatemala, located in the northern part of Central America. Travel guide for Guatemala: ・Explore the capital of Guatemala City...

Min-On’s statement on the passing of founder Daisaku Ikeda

Min-On’s statement on the passing of founder Daisaku Ikeda

All of us at the Min-On Concert Association offer our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Min-On founder Daisaku Ikeda. Our Association will always remain true to Mr. Ikeda’s founding vision and principles, striving to serve in the building of peace worldwide...

Guatemalan ambassador visits Min-On

Guatemalan ambassador visits Min-On

On November 2, His Excellency Manuel Estuardo Roldan Barillas, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Guatemala to Japan, called on the Min-On Concert Association. He was greeted by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive Managing Director...

German scholars visit Min-On

German scholars visit Min-On

On November 1, Professor Norma May Huss and Prof. Petra Wihofszky, both of whom are members of the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences faculty of social work, education and nursing sciences, visited the Min-On Culture Center. They were greeted by Executive...

Min-On Music Journey No. 79: State of Qatar

Min-On Music Journey No. 79: State of Qatar

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Japan welcome you to Qatar, a peninsula surrounded by the Persian Gulf. "Qatar" comes from the Arabic word meaning "dot" or "droplet." As its name...

Tokyo International Conducting Competition 2024 – Regulations (2024)

Tokyo International Conducting Competition 2024 – Regulations (2024)

Please see below for regulations of the “Tokyo International Conducting Competition” to be hosted in 2024. Regulations〔ENGLISH/PDF〕  https://www.conductingtokyo.org/file/english2024.pdf Réglement〔FRANCAIS/PDF〕 https://www.conductingtokyo.org/file/francais2024.pdf...

Tokyo International Conducting Competition 2024 – Outline (2024)

Tokyo International Conducting Competition 2024 – Outline (2024)

Please see below for an outline of the "Tokyo International Conducting Competition" to be hosted in 2024. ■DATES, VENUES AND ORCHESTRAS 1. First Preliminary Round Dates: October 7 (Monday) and 8 (Tuesday), 2024 Venue: The Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall (Nishi Shinjuku,...

Min-On Music Journey No. 78: Republic of Albania

Min-On Music Journey No. 78: Republic of Albania

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Republic of Albania in Japan welcome you to Albania, located in the southwestern part of the Balkan Peninsula. Travel guide for Albania: ・Tour the best spots in the capital...

Nepalese ambassador, cultural delegation calls on Min-On

Nepalese ambassador, cultural delegation calls on Min-On

On September 20, His Excellency Dr. Durga Bahadur Subedi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Nepal to Japan, and his spouse, Poonam Subedi, were greeted by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive Managing Director Hideshiro Akiya and Managing Director...

Laotian ambassador visits Min-On

Laotian ambassador visits Min-On

On September 19, Her Excellency Phongsamouth Anlavan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to Japan, paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Concert Association, with President Kazuto Ito, Executive Managing Director...

Min-On Music Journey No. 77: United Arab Emirates

Min-On Music Journey No. 77: United Arab Emirates

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Japan welcome you to the United Arab Emirates (hereinafter referred to as "UAE"), located at the southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Travel...

Min-On holds Thai-Japan “FUTURE OF ASIA” concert in Tokyo

Min-On holds Thai-Japan “FUTURE OF ASIA” concert in Tokyo

On September 25, the Min-On Concert Association held its “FUTURE OF ASIA” concert at the Bunkyo Civic Hall in Tokyo. The event, which featured Japanese and Thai musicians, drew ambassadors and embassy officials of diplomatic missions from 24 countries and territories...

‘FUTURE OF ASIA’ musicians visit Min-On

‘FUTURE OF ASIA’ musicians visit Min-On

On September 20, Thai and Japanese members of the “FUTURE OF ASIA” concert paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Concert Association. They were greeted by Min-On President Kazuto Ito and Executive Managing Director Hideshiro Akiya. The FUTURE OF ASIA unit is comprised of...

Min-On Music Journey No. 76: Republic of India

Min-On Music Journey No. 76: Republic of India

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association welcomes you to India, a great power in South Asia. Travel guide for India: ・Savor the nostalgic charm of old India in Old Delhi's street markets ・Enjoy watching a live Bollywood musical ・Listen...

Hawaiian music and dance group visits Min-On

Hawaiian music and dance group visits Min-On

On August 30, members of the “Healing Hawaiian Music and Charming Hula Exquisite Sound Played by Pomaika’i and Kohala” tour visiting Japan at the invitation of the Min-On Concert Association, called on Min-On at its head office in Tokyo and toured the Min-On Music...

Georgian ambassador visits Min-On

Georgian ambassador visits Min-On

On August 17, 2023, His Excellency Teimuraz Lezhava, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Japan, called on the Min-On Concert Association. He was welcomed by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive Managing Director Hideshiro Akiya and Managing...

Min-On Music Journey No. 75: Syrian Arab Republic   

Min-On Music Journey No. 75: Syrian Arab Republic  

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! This year marks the 70-year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Syria. However, cultural and economic exchange between the two nations can be traced back thousands of years through the Silk...

Albanian ambassador visits Min-On

Albanian ambassador visits Min-On

On August 4, 2023, His Excellency Gjergj Teneqexhiu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Albania to Japan, paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Concert Association. He was greeted by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive Managing Director...

Senior delegation from Chinese university visits Min-On

Senior delegation from Chinese university visits Min-On

On July 18, a delegation from China’s Hebei International Studies University led by President Sun Jianzhong and Vice President Xi Wei visited the Min-On Concert Association. The seven delegates were welcomed by Min-On President Kazuto Ito and Managing Director Kiyoshi...

El Salvadoran ambassador calls on Min-On

El Salvadoran ambassador calls on Min-On

On July 5, His Excellency Diego Alejandro Dalton Rosales, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of El Salvador to Japan, called on the Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo. He was welcomed by Min-On President Kazuto Ito and Managing Director...

Croatian ambassador visits Min-On

Croatian ambassador visits Min-On

On July 4, His Excellency Dražen Hrastič, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Croatia to Japan, and his wife, Blaženka Hrastič, called on the Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo. They were welcomed by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive...

Nicaraguan ambassador calls on Min-On

Nicaraguan ambassador calls on Min-On

On July 4, Her Excellency Sandy Anabell Davila Sandoval, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Nicaragua to Japan, called on the Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo. She was welcomed by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive Managing Director...

Min-On Music Journey No. 74: Islamic Republic of Iran

Min-On Music Journey No. 74: Islamic Republic of Iran

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Japan welcome you to Iran, a Middle Eastern country bordering the Caspian Sea in the north and the Persian Gulf in the south. Iran’s land area...

Sweden Harmony members arrive in Japan, call on Min-On

Sweden Harmony members arrive in Japan, call on Min-On

On June 25 and 26, the Vokalharmonin vocal ensemble and The Uppsala Chamber Soloists flew to Japan respectively. The two groups are joining hands as the Sweden Harmony in a nationwide tour sponsored by the Min-On Concert Association, performing in a total of eight...

Min-On Music Journey No. 73: State of Kuwait

Min-On Music Journey No. 73: State of Kuwait

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Japan welcome you to Kuwait, located in the north-west of the Persian Gulf. Travel guide: ・Walk along Kuwait's beautiful island beaches ・Soak in the...

Nepal ambassador visits Min-On

Nepal ambassador visits Min-On

On June 20, His Excellency Dr. Durga Bahadur Subedi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Nepal to Japan, paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Concert Association. He was greeted by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive Managing Director Hideshiro Akiya and...

Ukrainian dance troupe arrives in Japan, visits Min-On

Ukrainian dance troupe arrives in Japan, visits Min-On

On June 13, 52 members of the “Ukrainian National Dance Company named after P. Virsky” flew to Narita International Airport via Poland on their third visit to Japan. The Company’s previous Japan tour—which was held at Min-On’s invitation—was in 2003; for its latest...

Min-On Music Journey No. 72: Turkmenistan

Min-On Music Journey No. 72: Turkmenistan

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Japan welcome you to Turkmenistan in southwestern Central Asia. Turkmenistan has a desert climate, with the Karakum Desert making up about 85% of the country’s...

Faculty members from Ethiopia’s Bahir Dar University visit Min-On

Faculty members from Ethiopia’s Bahir Dar University visit Min-On

On May 26, 2023, Min-On Concert Association officials welcomed two faculty members from Bahir Dar University of Ethiopia. They were Dean Solomon Emishaw Awoke of the School of Health Sciences and Mulat Tirfie Bayih, assistant professor of College of Public Health. The...

Japanese taiko drummers perform at free school concert in Kyushu

Japanese taiko drummers perform at free school concert in Kyushu

On May 19, the Japan Marvelous Drummers held a concert at the Kitakyushu Komorie Elementary School, which just opened in April of this year. Some 150 students and members of the faculty and staff attended. Consisting of six members led by Masaru Nishiguchi, the Japan...

Qatari ambassador visits Min-On

Qatari ambassador visits Min-On

On May 23, His Excellency Hassan Bin Mohammed Rafei Al-Emadi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar to Japan, called on the Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo. He was welcomed by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive Managing Director...

Delegation from Canada’s University of Guelph-Humber visits Min-On

Delegation from Canada’s University of Guelph-Humber visits Min-On

On May 20, 2023, Min-On Concert Association Executive Managing Director Hideshiro Akiya welcomed a delegation of students from the University of Guelph-Humber located in Toronto, Canada. The delegation, led by Paul Sherman, program head of the university’s Family and...

Syrian ambassador calls on Min-On

Syrian ambassador calls on Min-On

On May 18, 2023, Mr. Najib Elji, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic in Japan, paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo. He was welcomed by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive Managing Director Hideshiro...

Bahraini ambassador visits Min-On

Bahraini ambassador visits Min-On

On May 12, 2023, His Excellency Ahmed Mohamed Yusuf Aldoseri, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Bahrain to Japan, visited the Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo. He was welcomed by Min-On President Kazuto Ito and Managing Director Kiyoshi...

Min-On Music Journey No. 71: Republic of Iraq

Min-On Music Journey No. 71: Republic of Iraq

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq to Japan welcome you to Iraq, the Middle Eastern country with an enduring history. Iraq is "the cradle of civilization," where the Mesopotamian...

Iranian ambassador-designate calls on Min-On

Iranian ambassador-designate calls on Min-On

On April 25, 2023, His Excellency Peiman Seadat, Ambassador-Designate of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Japan, paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo. He was greeted by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive Managing Director Hideshiro Akiya...

Polish ambassador visits Min-On

Polish ambassador visits Min-On

On April 18, 2023, His Excellency Pawel Milewski, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to Japan, visited the Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo. He was greeted by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive Managing Director Hideshiro...

Min-On Music Journey No. 70: Republic of El Salvador

Min-On Music Journey No. 70: Republic of El Salvador

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Republic of El Salvador in Japan welcome you to El Salvador, a tropical country located in Central America. © El Salvador Travel El Salvador borders the northern Pacific...

Swedish ambassador calls on Min-On

Swedish ambassador calls on Min-On

On April 13, 2023, His Excellency Pereric Högberg, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Sweden to Japan, visited the Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo. He was greeted by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive Managing Director Hideshiro...

Min-On Music Journey No. 69: Republic of Maldives

Min-On Music Journey No. 69: Republic of Maldives

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Republic of Maldives in Japan welcome you to Maldives, a tropical country in the Indian Ocean. ©MMPRC Social Media The Maldives is an island nation consisting of 1,192...

Min-On honors Uzbek’s spring celebration with two concerts in Tokyo

Min-On honors Uzbek’s spring celebration with two concerts in Tokyo

On March 19, the Min-On Concert Association organized a special event in honor of the Republic of Uzbekistan’s Navruz, one of most important celebrations of the spring equinox in central Asia. The event—which was held at the Min-On’s Museum Hall in Tokyo and drew some...

Turkmenistan ambassador visits Min-On

Turkmenistan ambassador visits Min-On

On April 5, 2023, His Excellency Atadurdy Bayramov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan to Japan, visited the Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo. He was greeted by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive Managing Director Hideshiro Akiya and...

Tunisian ambassador visits Min-On

Tunisian ambassador visits Min-On

On March 28, 2023, His Excellency Mohamed Elloumi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tunisia to Japan, paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo. He was greeted by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive Managing...

Min-On holds joint Korea-Japan youth concert in Tokyo

Min-On holds joint Korea-Japan youth concert in Tokyo

On March 17 and 18, young performers from South Korea and Japan took part in “Vol. 5: A Korea-Japan Youth Concert,” which was organized by the Min-On Concert Association and cosponsored by the Korean Cultural Center in Japan. The concert was held during the evening of...

Min-On Music Journey No. 68: Nepal

Min-On Music Journey No. 68: Nepal

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Nepal in Japan welcome you to Nepal, a landlocked country located in South Asia. Mount Everest Northern Nepal is home to many mountains in the Himalaya Mountain Range over...

Argentina’s tango group tours Taiwan under Min-On auspices

Argentina’s tango group tours Taiwan under Min-On auspices

On March 2, the La Juan D’arienzo Orchestra of Argentina kicked off its tour of Taiwan, a series of concerts held under the auspics of the Min-On Concert Association that concluded on March 16 in Taipei. The nine venues included a performance held at a school at no...

National Korean dance troupe visits Min-On

National Korean dance troupe visits Min-On

On March 16, 2023, six members of The National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Concert Association. They were greeted by Min-On President Kazuto Ito and Managing Director Hideshiro Akiya. The six were Yun Soon-ho and...

Kuwaiti ambassador calls on Min-On

Kuwaiti ambassador calls on Min-On

On March 14, 2023, His Excellency Sami Ghassab Muhammad Alzamanan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Kuwait to Japan, visited the Min-On Culture Center. Greeted by Min-On President Kazuto Ito and Managing Director Hideshiro Akiya, Ambassador...

Min-On Music Journey No. 67: Republic of Yemen

Min-On Music Journey No. 67: Republic of Yemen

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Republic of Yemen to Japan welcome you to Yemen, located at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula in the Middle East. Area 555,000 square kilometers (about 150% the...

Indonesian envoy visits Min-On Culture Center

Indonesian envoy visits Min-On Culture Center

On February 24, 2023, Meinarti Fauzie, Minister Counsellor of Media and Socioeconomic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia to Japan, visited the Min-On Concert Association. She was greeted by Min-On Managing Director Hideshiro Akiya. In their meeting, Minister...

Jordanian ambassador visits Min-On Culture Center

Jordanian ambassador visits Min-On Culture Center

On February 16, 2023, Her Excellency Lina Annab, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to Japan, visited the Min-On Concert Association. She was greeted by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive Managing Director Hideo Murata...

Min-On Music Journey No. 66: Lebanese Republic

Min-On Music Journey No. 66: Lebanese Republic

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Republic of Lebanon in Japan welcome you to Lebanon, a Middle Eastern country facing the Mediterranean Sea. Travel guide for Lebanon: ・Visit the National Museum in the...

Serbian ambassador visits Min-On Culture Center

Serbian ambassador visits Min-On Culture Center

On February 3, 2023, Her Excellency Aleksandr Kovač, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Serbia to Japan, visited the Min-On Concert Association. She was greeted by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive Managing Director Hideo Murata and...

Uzbek ambassador visits Min-On Culture Center

Uzbek ambassador visits Min-On Culture Center

On February 2, 2023, His Excellency Mukhsinkhuja Abdurakhmonov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Japan, paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Concert Association. He was greeted by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive...

Min-On Music Journey No. 65: Hungary

Min-On Music Journey No. 65: Hungary

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Hungary in Japan welcome you to Hungary, located in Central Europe. ©European Best Destinations Hungary is a landlocked country one-fourth the size of Japan and surrounded by...

Tango group La Juan D’arienzo Orchestra performs in Tokyo

Tango group La Juan D’arienzo Orchestra performs in Tokyo

On February 1, Argentine tango group La Juan D’arienzo Orchestra kicked off their tour of Japan at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Envoys and embassy officials from 18 countries and territories, including Acting Ambassador Cesar Rodolfo Campoy of the Argentine Republic,...

Ecuadorian ambassador visits Min-On Culture Center

Ecuadorian ambassador visits Min-On Culture Center

On January 25, 2023, His Excellency César Augusto Montaño Huerta, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Ecuador to Japan, visited the Min-On Culture Center, where the Min-On Concert Association is headquartered. He was greeted by Min-On...

Iraqi ambassador visits Min-On Culture Center

Iraqi ambassador visits Min-On Culture Center

On January 24, 2023, His Excellency Abdul Kareem Toma Mehdi Kaab, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Iraq to Japan, paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Concert Association. He was greeted by Min-On President Kazuto Ito and Executive...

Cuban ambassador and his wife visit Min-On

Cuban ambassador and his wife visit Min-On

On January 19, 2023, His Excellency Miguel Ángel RAMÍREZ Ramos, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba to Japan, and his wife called on the Min-On Concert Association. They were greeted by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive Managing...

Min-On Music Journey No. 64: Republic of Malta

Min-On Music Journey No. 64: Republic of Malta

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and Embassy of the Republic of Malta to Japan welcome you to Malta, an island country in the warm Mediterranean Sea. ©Malta Tourism Authority Malta is an archipelago comprising the islands of...

Tango group star Facundo Lázzari dedicates song to Min-On founder

Tango group star Facundo Lázzari dedicates song to Min-On founder

On January 19, 2023, the legendary Argentine tango group La Juan D’arienzo Orchestra paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Culture Center, where they were welcomed by Min-On President Kazuto Ito, Executive Managing Director Hideo Murata and Managing Director Hideshiro...

Jamaican ambassador tours Min-On Culture Center

Jamaican ambassador tours Min-On Culture Center

On January 13, 2023, Her Excellency Shorna-Kay M. Richards, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Jamaica to Japan, called on the Min-On Concert Association’s Min-On Culture Center. She was greeted by President Kazuto Ito and other association officials....

Maltese ambassador calls on Min-On

Maltese ambassador calls on Min-On

On January 11, 2023, His Excellency Andre Spiteri, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Malta to Japan, visited the Min-On Concert Association’s Min-On Culture Center in Tokyo. He was greeted by Min-On President Kazuto Ito and other...

Yemeni ambassador visits Min-On Culture Center

Yemeni ambassador visits Min-On Culture Center

On December 21, 2022, His Excellency Adel Ali Ahmed Alsunaini, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Yemen to Japan, paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Concert Association at its Min-On Culture Center in Tokyo. He was greeted by Min-On...

Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings

The Min-On Concert Association extends our warmest season’s greetings and very best wishes for the New Year. Thank you for your support and patronage throughout 2022. 2022 was fraught with challenges, both global and local, yet it was also a year in which our...

Slovenian ambassador visits Min-On

Slovenian ambassador visits Min-On

On December 9, Her Excellency Blanka Jamnišek, Ambassador of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, visited the Min-On Concert Association at the Min-On Culture Center in Shinjuku, Tokyo. She was welcomed by Min-On’s Executive Managing Director...

Min-On Music Journey No. 63: Mongolia

Min-On Music Journey No. 63: Mongolia

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Mongolia in Japan welcome you to Mongolia, located in the western part of the Eurasian continent. Mongolia is filled with sweeping grasslands that cover 80% of its vast land...

Senior Chinese envoy visits Min-On

Senior Chinese envoy visits Min-On

On December 5, Minister-Counselor Jiang Enqiao of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Japan, paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Concert Association at the Min-On Culture Center in Shinjuku, Tokyo. He was welcomed by Association President Kazuto Ito....

Bahraini ambassador visits Min-On

Bahraini ambassador visits Min-On

On December 2, His Excellency Ahmed Mohamed Yusuf Aldoseri, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to Japan, paid a courtesy call to the Min-On Concert Association at the Min-On Culture Center in Shinjuku, Tokyo. He was welcomed by Association President Kazuto Ito....

Korea’s super-group FLYING visits Min-On Culture Center

Korea’s super-group FLYING visits Min-On Culture Center

On November 28, entertainers of Korea’s FLYING paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Culture Center. They were greeted warmly by Min-On Concert Association President Kazuto Ito and later toured the newly renovated the music museum. FLYING is composed of 13 members, all...

Min-On holds concert honoring 50 years of Japan-China normalization

Min-On holds concert honoring 50 years of Japan-China normalization

On September 22, the Min-On Concert Association opened a “Lecture Concert” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of formal bilateral relations between Japan and China. The Association organizes the series, which includes panel discussions and other features in addition...

Min-On Music Journey No. 62: Republic of Ecuador

Min-On Music Journey No. 62: Republic of Ecuador

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and Embassy of the Republic of Ecuador in Japan welcome you to Ecuador, located in the northwestern part of the South American continent. True to its name, which means "equator" in Spanish,...

“We are tomodachi desu”

“We are tomodachi desu”

Interview with Her Excellency Ms. Shorna-Kay M. Richards, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Jamaica to Japan Min-On: Thank you for sharing your time with us, Madam Ambassador. I understand that this [2022] marks the 60th anniversary year of Jamaica’s...

New Ambassador of Republic of Ecuador to Japan visits Min-On

New Ambassador of Republic of Ecuador to Japan visits Min-On

On October 7, His Excellency César Augusto Montaño Huerta, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Ecuador to Japan, paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Concert Association at the Min-On Office in Shinjuku, Tokyo. He was greeted by Association...

Min-On Music Journey No. 61: Republic of Costa Rica

Min-On Music Journey No. 61: Republic of Costa Rica

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Republic of Costa Rica in Japan welcome you to the Republic of Costa Rica, located on the isthmus connecting the North and South American continents. "Costa Rica" means...

Min-On Music Journey No. 60: People’s Republic of China

Min-On Music Journey No. 60: People’s Republic of China

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Japan welcome you to the People’s Republic of China, a vast country in East Asia. Musical on the lake, “West Lake Impression” With population...

Min-On Music Journey No. 59: Plurinational State of Bolivia

Min-On Music Journey No. 59: Plurinational State of Bolivia

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in Japan welcome you to Bolivia in the middle of South America. Bolivia is a landlocked country surrounded by five other countries and, it is...

Famed flutist performs for Min-On’s School Concert in Hokkaido   

Famed flutist performs for Min-On’s School Concert in Hokkaido  

On August 30, Yoko Owada, an internationally acclaimed flutist, performed at Nishinosato Junior High School in Kitahiroshima City, Hokkaido. She played three well-known classical scores; she also responded to requests from students with popular anime theme songs and...

Duet performs free concert for Nagasaki kids

Duet performs free concert for Nagasaki kids

On July 1, the duet Viento performed at the Ojika Elementary School gymnasium in Ojika Town, Nagasaki. Students from three schools—Ojika Elementary School, its affiliated Oshima Branch and Ojika Junior High School took part in the concert. The Oshima Branch school is...

Min-On Music Journey No. 58: Kingdom of Denmark

Min-On Music Journey No. 58: Kingdom of Denmark

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Royal Danish Embassy in Japan welcome you to Denmark, located in Scandinavia in Northern Europe. ©Kim Wyon "Scandinavia" generally refers to the three countries of Denmark, Sweden and...

Min-On Music Journey No. 57: Kingdom of Norway

Min-On Music Journey No. 57: Kingdom of Norway

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and Embassy of Norway in Japan welcome you to Norway, located on the western side of the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe. ©VisitNorway.com Norway lies within the Arctic Circle, where...

Min-On Music Journey No. 56: Republic of Serbia

Min-On Music Journey No. 56: Republic of Serbia

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Japan welcome you to Serbia, located on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeastern Europe. Photo by Aleksandar Milutinović Serbia is located at an important...

Min-On Music Journey No. 55: Federal Republic of Nigeria

Min-On Music Journey No. 55: Federal Republic of Nigeria

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Japan welcome you to Nigeria, located in West Africa. Nigeria is a large country with vast land area and a population of more than 200 million...

Min-On Music Journey No. 54: Republic of Croatia

Min-On Music Journey No. 54: Republic of Croatia

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Japan welcome you to Croatia located in the northwestern Balkan Peninsula. Croatia is about 1.5 times the size of Japan’s island of Kyushu and has a...

Min-On’s enthralling night of tango in Tokyo

Min-On’s enthralling night of tango in Tokyo

On May 17, the Min-On Concert Association organized “Tango Night in Tokyo,” a concert led by internationally renowned pianist Shizuka Shimoyama and held at the Akasaka Civic Center. The event was made possible in part through the cooperation of the Embassy of the...

Min-On Music Journey No. 53: Republic of Cyprus

Min-On Music Journey No. 53: Republic of Cyprus

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Japan welcome you to Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Cyprus is an island nation featuring wonderful travel destinations across an area of...

Min-On Music Journey No. 52: Republic of Indonesia

Min-On Music Journey No. 52: Republic of Indonesia

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Japan welcome you to Indonesia, a country near the equator in Southeast Asia. Indonesia is the world’s largest island nation, consisting of 16.766...

Min-On Music Journey No. 51: Republic of Haiti

Min-On Music Journey No. 51: Republic of Haiti

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Republic of Haiti in Japan have the pleasure to welcome you to Haiti, a country rich in culture, heritage and spirituality, a land of natural wonders and a nation where...

Renowned flutist performs for Min-On’s School Concert in Hokkaido

Renowned flutist performs for Min-On’s School Concert in Hokkaido

On January 20 and 21, internationally renowned flutist Yoko Owada performed at three schools in Hokkaido prefecture as part of the Min-On Concert Association’s School Concert series. The flutist was accompanied by pianist Naomi Tsukamoto. Students from Sumikawa Nishi...

Min-On Music Journey No. 50: Malaysia

Min-On Music Journey No. 50: Malaysia

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and Embassy of Malaysia in Japan welcome you to Malaysia, a country near the equator in Southeast Asia. The country is actually divided into East Malaysia and West Malaysiaby the South China Sea....

Outgoing Ambassador of Republic of Ecuador to Japan calls on Min-On

Outgoing Ambassador of Republic of Ecuador to Japan calls on Min-On

On March 9, His Excellency Jamie Barberis, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Ecuador to Japan, visited the Min-On Concert Association at the Min-On Office in Shinjuku, Tokyo. He was greeted by Association President Kazuto Ito and Managing...

Ambassador of Republic of Haiti to Japan visits Min-On

Ambassador of Republic of Haiti to Japan visits Min-On

On February 28, 2022, His Excellency Helph Monod Honorat, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Haiti to Japan, paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Concert Association at the Min-On Office in Shinjuku, Tokyo. He was welcomed by President...

Min-On Music Journey No. 49: Republic of Chile

Min-On Music Journey No. 49: Republic of Chile

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and Embassy of the Republic of Chile in Japan welcome you to Chile, located on the Pacific side of the South American continent. This year (2022) marks 125 years of the establishment of...

Japanese Taiko Troupe Kicks off Thunderous Spring

Japanese Taiko Troupe Kicks off Thunderous Spring

On February 9, the Maidaiko Asuka-Gumi, a traditional Japanese drum troupe, performed at the Nakano Sunplaza Hall in Tokyo. Ambassadors and embassy officials from diplomatic missions of 40 countries joined a general audience attending the concert. Maidaiko Asuka-Gumi...

Min-On Music Journey No. 48: Kyrgyz Republic

Min-On Music Journey No. 48: Kyrgyz Republic

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in Japan welcome you to Kyrgyz Republic, a country in the sky located in Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous country about half the size of Japan, and 90%...

Min-On Music Journey No. 47: United Mexican States

Min-On Music Journey No. 47: United Mexican States

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the United Mexican States in Japan welcome you to the United Mexican States, located in North America. Mexico is about five times larger than Japan, and much of its land area...

Min-On Music Journey No. 46: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Min-On Music Journey No. 46: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Japan welcome you to Venezuela, a country at the northern tip of the South American continent. Venezuela has about 2.4 times the land area...

Min-On Music Journey No. 45: Federative Republic of Brazil

Min-On Music Journey No. 45: Federative Republic of Brazil

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Brazil in Japan welcome you to the Federative Republic of Brazil in South America. Brazil has the largest population, the largest economy and the largest land area on the...

2021: A Year of Challenges, a Year of Gratitude and Restoration

2021: A Year of Challenges, a Year of Gratitude and Restoration

The Min-On Concert Association extends our warmest season’s greetings and very best wishes for the New Year. Although the pandemic led to the cancellations of all in-person live concerts starting February 2020, we were thankfully able to resume our cultural exchange...

Germany’s Bloom Quintet Concludes Japan tour

Germany’s Bloom Quintet Concludes Japan tour

On December 7, the Bloom Quintet—whose members are drawn from the highly acclaimed Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra—concluded its Japan tour organized by the Min-On Concert Association. Their tour to commemorate the 160th anniversary of friendship between Japan and...

Min-On Music Journey No. 44: Jordan

Min-On Music Journey No. 44: Jordan

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Jordan in Japan welcome you to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, located in the heart of the Middle East. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a small inland country located in...

Estonia’s Curly Strings Concludes Live Japan Tour

Estonia’s Curly Strings Concludes Live Japan Tour

For nearly two weeks in November 2021, the Estonian band Curly Strings performed nine times at eight venues in the prefectures of Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba, the first live, in-person performance the Min-On Concert Association has organized in some 20 months....

Min-On Music Journey No. 43: Republic of Bulgaria

Min-On Music Journey No. 43: Republic of Bulgaria

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Bulgaria in Japan welcome you to the Republic of Bulgaria, a country occupying one third of the eastern Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe. Pirin National Park, a World...

Music is a Bridge, an Outreach of Love Bringing the World Together

Music is a Bridge, an Outreach of Love Bringing the World Together

Interview with His Excellency Mr. Miguel Ángel RAMÍREZ Ramos, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from the Republic of Cuba to Japan Min-On: From its cuisine to music to lifestyle, Cuban culture is a fascinating subject. We’d like to start out by asking you...

Min-On Music Journey No. 42: Greece

Min-On Music Journey No. 42: Greece

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Greece in Japan guide you to Greece in Southeastern Europe on the Balkan Peninsula. The Acropolis of Athens Greece is often called the cradle of ancient civilization. The...

Min-On Music Journey No. 41: Kingdom of Bahrain

Min-On Music Journey No. 41: Kingdom of Bahrain

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in Japan welcome you to the Kingdom of Bahrain located along the Arabian Peninsula. The Kingdom of Bahrain consists of many islands of different sizes,...

Panamanian Ambassador Pere visits Min-On Culture Center

Panamanian Ambassador Pere visits Min-On Culture Center

On October 14, His Excellency Carlos Pere, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Panama to Japan, paid a courtesy call on the Min-On Culture Center in Tokyo. Min-On Concert Association President Kazuto Ito welcomed the Panamanian ambassador,...

Min-On Music Journey No. 40: The Oriental Republic of Uruguay

Min-On Music Journey No. 40: The Oriental Republic of Uruguay

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay in Japan guide you to Uruguay in Southeastern South America. Punta del Este, one of South America's most popular summer vacation resorts Since...

Min-On Music Journey No. 39: The Federal Republic of Germany

Min-On Music Journey No. 39: The Federal Republic of Germany

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! This time, we will travel to the Federal Republic of Germany. This year (2021) marks 160 years of Japan-Germany relations, which began with the signing of the “Treaty of Amity and Commerce” in 1861. Neuschwanstein Castle (Bavaria),...

Announcement of The Competition’s Participants in 2021

Announcement of The Competition’s Participants in 2021

The 19th Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting in 2021 received 331 applications from 49 countries/regions. Of these, 14 participants from 8 countries were selected by Screening of Documents and Footages. They will face the first preliminary round on...

Argentine “BA Style” Kickoff Meeting Held

Argentine “BA Style” Kickoff Meeting Held

The Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Japan and the Min-On are jointly working on a project, “BA Style” to introduce the fascination of Buenos Aires. An in-person event to launch the project was held on April 16, 2021, at the Min-On Culture Center, which was...

Min-On Music Journey No. 38: The Italian Republic

Min-On Music Journey No. 38: The Italian Republic

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Tokyo and Ente Nazionale Italiano per il Turismo (ENIT) welcome you to the Italian Republic in Southern Europe. A view of the Alps from Torino, Italy The country of...

Min-On Music Journey No. 37: Jamaica

Min-On Music Journey No. 37: Jamaica

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Jamaica in Japan welcome you to the Caribbean island of Jamaica! Jamaica is a globally famous country and its name means “Land of Wood and Water” in the language of the Taíno...

Min-On Music Journey No. 36: Republic of Tunisia

Min-On Music Journey No. 36: Republic of Tunisia

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Please join us today as the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Republic of Tunisia in Japan guide you to the Republic of Tunisia in North Africa. Gorgeous coastal views from Sidi Bou Said Tunisia is a hidden gem in...

Min-On Music Journey No. 35: Republic of Uzbekistan

Min-On Music Journey No. 35: Republic of Uzbekistan

  Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Japan welcome you to the Republic of Uzbekistan in the heart of Central Asia.   Registan Square in Samarkand Uzbekistan is known for World...

Min-On Music Journey No. 34: Republic of Colombia

Min-On Music Journey No. 34: Republic of Colombia

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Republic of Colombia in Japan guide you to the Republic of Colombia, a country famous for coffee, emeralds and flowers. The coexistence of indigenous, European and African...

Ambassador of Jamaica to Japan Visits the Min-On Culture Center

Ambassador of Jamaica to Japan Visits the Min-On Culture Center

On April 28, 2021, H.E. Ms. Shorna-Kay M. Richards, Ambassador of Jamaica, visited the Min-On Culture Center. During her discussion with Min-On President Kazuto Ito, the Ambassador shared that she deeply agrees with Min-On's founder's conviction that "Music knows no...

Ambassador of Burkina Faso to Japan Visits the Min-On Culture Center

Ambassador of Burkina Faso to Japan Visits the Min-On Culture Center

On April 12, 2021, H.E. Mr. Pascal Batjobo, Ambassador of Burkina Faso, visited the Min-On Culture Center. During his discussion with Min-On President Kazuto Ito, the Ambassador voiced his appreciation that Min-On's Music Journey to Burkina Faso featured the country’s...

Min-On Music Journey No. 33: The Federated States of Micronesia

Min-On Music Journey No. 33: The Federated States of Micronesia

Welcome to Min-On's Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) in Japan welcome you to the FSM in the western Pacific Ocean. First, please listen to a message that Ambassador John Fritz has...

Ambassador of Argentina to Japan Visits Min-On Cultural Center

Ambassador of Argentina to Japan Visits Min-On Cultural Center

On March 25, 2021, H.E. Mr. Guillermo Juan Hunt, Ambassador-Designate of Argentina, visited the Min-On Culture Center. During his visit, the Ambassador expressed his appreciation Min-On for hosting performances of tango, a keystone of Argentine culture, for over 50...

Min-On Music Journey No. 32: The Republic of Peru

Min-On Music Journey No. 32: The Republic of Peru

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Peru in Japan welcome you to the Republic of Peru in western South America, where one of the world's largest ancient civilizations once flourished. Peru faces the Pacific Ocean...

Min-On Music Journey No. 31: Burkina Faso

Min-On Music Journey No. 31: Burkina Faso

Welcome to Min-On's Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Burkina Faso in Japan welcome you to Burkina Faso, located in the southern Sahara Desert of West Africa. This landlocked country is bordered by six other countries (Mali, Cote...

Min-On Music Journey No. 30: The Republic of Finland

Min-On Music Journey No. 30: The Republic of Finland

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Finland in Japan welcome you to the Republic of Finland in Northern Europe. ©Visit Saimaa/Silvennoinen About 30% of Finland lies inside the Arctic Circle. It also has over...

La Juan D’Arienzo Free Online Tango Concert

La Juan D’Arienzo Free Online Tango Concert

Since 1970, Min-On has hosted the Min-On Tango Series in Japan every year with the support of Min-On sustaining members. However, in 2021 the series has been canceled due to the ongoing global coronavirus situation. To show our gratitude to everyone who supports the...

Min-On Music Journey No. 29: South Korea

Min-On Music Journey No. 29: South Korea

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, Min-On Concert Association and the Korean Cultural Center in Tokyo take you to Japan's neighboring country of South Korea, following the Korea Tourism Organization's "Feel the Rhythm of Korea" promotional video series. Feel...

Min-On Music Journey No. 28: The Kingdom of Sweden

Min-On Music Journey No. 28: The Kingdom of Sweden

Welcome to Min-On's Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Sweden in Japan welcome you to the Kingdom of Sweden in Northern Europe on the Scandinavian Peninsula. ©Lola Akinmade Åkerström/imagebank.sweden.se Sweden is a constitutional...

Min-On Music Journey No. 27: Austria

Min-On Music Journey No. 27: Austria

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, let the Min-On Concert Association and the Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo guide you to Austria in south-central Europe. Austria’s capital, Vienna        ©Österreich Werbung, Photo by Julius Silver The Alps mountain range covers...

Ambassador of the Ukraine to Japan Visits Min-On Cultural Center

Ambassador of the Ukraine to Japan Visits Min-On Cultural Center

On February 10, 2021, H.E. Dr. Sergiy Korsunsky, Ambassador of the Ukraine visited the Min-On Culture Center and spoke with Min-On's President, Mr. Kazuto Ito. During their discussion, Ambassador shared that he wholeheartedly supports Min-On's mission to connect the...

Min-On Music Journey No. 26: The Dominican Republic

Min-On Music Journey No. 26: The Dominican Republic

Welcome to Min-On’s Music Journey! Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Japan welcome you to the diverse island nation of the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. February 27 is the Dominican Republic's independence day....

Min-On Music Journey No. 25: The Republic of Kosovo

Min-On Music Journey No. 25: The Republic of Kosovo

Welcome to Min-On's Music Journey! The Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Japan welcome you to the multi-ethnic nation of Kosovo in the center of the Balkan Peninsula. Kosovo was founded in 2008, making it Europe's youngest...

Min-On Music Journey No. 24: The Republic of Lithuania

Min-On Music Journey No. 24: The Republic of Lithuania

Welcome to Min-On's Music Journey. Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Japan welcome you to Lithuania on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea. February 16 is the Day of Restoration of the State of Lithuania. In...

Min-On Music Journey No. 23: The Republic of Paraguay

Min-On Music Journey No. 23: The Republic of Paraguay

Welcome back to Min-On's Music Journey! Today the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Republic of Paraguay in Japan guide you to Paraguay, a country in the center of South America. Paraguay is a landlocked country bordered by Argentina, Brazil and...

Min-On Music Journey No. 22: Georgia

Min-On Music Journey No. 22: Georgia

Welcome to Min-On's Music Journey! Today the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Georgia to Japan guide you today to the fascinating country of Georgia, found in the Caucasus region between the Black and Caspian Seas.Georgia was formerly known as the...

Min-On Music Journey No. 21: The Republic of Panama

Min-On Music Journey No. 21: The Republic of Panama

Welcome to Min-On's Music Journey. Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Panama in Japan guide you to Panama, located at the southern tip of Central America between North and South America. European and African cultures have been interwoven with...

Min-On Music Journey No. 20: The Republic of South Africa

Min-On Music Journey No. 20: The Republic of South Africa

Welcome to the first installment of Min-On's Music Journey in the new year, 2021! Please join the Min-On Concert Association and the South African Embassy in Japan as we travel to the Republic of South Africa, often called the "Rainbow Nation." The Republic of South...

A Message from Min-On for the New Year, 2021

A Message from Min-On for the New Year, 2021

Happy New Year, everyone. While the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and the self-imposed lockdown that followed had forced the Min-On Concert Association into canceling live concerts, we were able to hold a number of musical events online, both paid and for free,...

Min-On Music Journey No. 19: The Russian Federation

Min-On Music Journey No. 19: The Russian Federation

Welcome as the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of the Russian Federation to Japan guide you to Russia, the largest country in the world, spanning the Eurasian continent from the Pacific Ocean in the east to the Baltic Sea in the west. In terms of land area,...

Min-On and China: Partners in Cultural Exchange

Min-On and China: Partners in Cultural Exchange

Since it was founded in 1963, the Min-On Concert Association has been dedicated to the promotion of international cultural exchange through the media of music and the performing arts. To date, artists from more than 100 countries have been welcomed onstage in Japan...

Min-On Music Journey No. 18: The Kingdom of Thailand

Min-On Music Journey No. 18: The Kingdom of Thailand

Welcome to the next installment of Min-On's Music Journey! Today, Min-On Concert Association and the Royal Thai Embassy in Japan welcome you to Thailand in Southeast Asia. Thailand has many fascinating locations that attract many tourists annually, including beautiful...

Min-On School Concert Held in Higashikagawa City, Kagawa

Min-On School Concert Held in Higashikagawa City, Kagawa

On Friday, November 27, 2020, the world-renowned taiko drum troupe Maidaiko Aska-Gumi held a Min-On School Concert at Okawa Middle School (Higashikagawa City, Kagawa Prefecture). This was the first Min-On school concert held in the Shikoku region since the coronavirus...

Min-On School Concerts Held in Tottori and Shimane

Min-On School Concerts Held in Tottori and Shimane

"Pro musicians came to our school!" To students’ delight, the band AUN & HIDE, whose play traditional Japanese instruments in concerts both in Japan and abroad, performed at Min-On School Concerts in Tottori and Shimane prefectures. Participating Schools: Tuesday,...

Min-On Music Journey No. 17: The Republic of Slovenia

Min-On Music Journey No. 17: The Republic of Slovenia

Welcome to Min-On's Music Journey. Today, the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Slovenia in Japan guide you to Slovenia, the only country with "love" in its name. Slovenia is located in central Europe and shares a border with Italy, Croatia, Austria and...

Min-On Music Journey No. 16: Ukraine

Min-On Music Journey No. 16: Ukraine

Welcome to the 16th installment of Min-On's Music Journey! Today the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Ukraine in Japan welcome you to Ukraine, a country filled with beautiful fields of blooming sunflowers. Ukraine has planted many sunflower fields in...

Min-On Music Journey No. 15: The Republic of Nicaragua

Min-On Music Journey No. 15: The Republic of Nicaragua

Welcome to Min-On's Music Journey! Today the Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Nicaragua in Japan guide us to Nicaragua, a country of lakes and volcanoes in the middle of Central America and flanked by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean on the east...

Min-On Music Journey No. 14: The Republic of Honduras   

Min-On Music Journey No. 14: The Republic of Honduras  

Welcome to Min-On's Music Journey! Today Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Honduras in Japan welcome you to the Central American country of Honduras. Honduras is bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south and is blessed...

Min-On Music Journey No. 13: The Kingdom of Spain

Min-On Music Journey No. 13: The Kingdom of Spain

Welcome to the 13th installment of Min-On's Music Journey! Today, Min-On and the Spanish Embassy in Japan guide you to the passionate country of Spain, which makes up 80% of the Iberian Peninsula in southern Europe. Santiago de Compostela With the many diverse...

Min-On Music Journey No. 12: The Republic of Kazakhstan

Min-On Music Journey No. 12: The Republic of Kazakhstan

Welcome to the 12th installment of Min-On's Music Journey! Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Japan welcome you to the Republic of Kazakhstan, a country located in the central Eurasian plains. Kazakhstan stretches from the Ustyurt Plateau and...

Min-On Hosts Online Music Event with French School

Min-On Hosts Online Music Event with French School

In partnership with public secondary school Lycée Lakanal in Sceaux, France, the Min-On Concert Association held an online concert for French students on October 13. The event, conducted as part of Min-On’s Concert Dispatch Series, was originally scheduled to be held...

Min-On Music Journey No. 11: The State of Israel

Min-On Music Journey No. 11: The State of Israel

Today, for the 11th installment of Min-On's Music Journey, Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Israel in Japan will guide you to Israel, a land of cultural exchange between the East and West. Israel is known as the Silicon Valley of the Middle East and is a...

Min-On Music Journey No. 10: The Argentine Republic

Min-On Music Journey No. 10: The Argentine Republic

Welcome to the 10th installment of Min-On's Music Journey—today, Min-On Concert Association and the Embassy of Argentina in Japan guide you to the "Land of Silver." The Argentine Republic abounds with majestic natural beauty and diverse culture. Caminito in the...

Min-On Music Journey No. 09: The United States of America

Min-On Music Journey No. 09: The United States of America

Welcome to the United States of America for the ninth stop on Min-On’s Music Journey! America’s greatest strengths are its patchwork heritage and diversity, and these are prevalent in the country’s friendly and welcoming people, its vast, eminent terrain and its...

Min-On Music Journey No. 08: The Republic of Cuba

Min-On Music Journey No. 08: The Republic of Cuba

Min-On and the Embassy of Cuba in Japan welcome you to the Republic of Cuba for the eighth stop on Min-On's Music Journey. Cuba is the largest island nation in the Caribbean Sea, rich in natural beauty. Also called the Pearl of the Caribbean, Cuba has a subtropical...

Min-On Music Journey No. 07: Republic of Poland

Min-On Music Journey No. 07: Republic of Poland

Welcome to the seventh trip on Min-On's Music Journey—let us guide you to the Republic of Poland, located on the plains facing the Baltic Sea in Central Europe. Poland shares its borders with many countries and was once located along a major trade route known as the...

Min-On Music Journey No. 06: Republic of Estonia

Min-On Music Journey No. 06: Republic of Estonia

Welcome to the sixth installment of Min-On's Music Journey, which takes us to the Republic of Estonia, one of the three Baltic states. Estonia is a country of forests and lakes in northern Europe, facing the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland. Historic medieval...

Min-On Music Journey No. 05: Portuguese Republic

Min-On Music Journey No. 05: Portuguese Republic

Welcome again to Min-On's Music Journey! In this installment, let us guide you to the Portuguese Republic, located in Western Europe's Iberian Peninsula. Portugal was known throughout history as a naval pioneer that commanded the seven seas during the Age of...

Min-On Music Journey No. 04: Republic of Turkey

Min-On Music Journey No. 04: Republic of Turkey

Welcome to the fourth edition of Min-On's Music Journey! In this installment, let us guide you to the Republic of Turkey, a crossroads of Eastern and Western civilization that shares a border with Asia, Europe and Africa. The Ottoman Empire, predecessor of the...

Min-On Music Journey No. 03: Romania

Min-On Music Journey No. 03: Romania

Welcome to the third stop on Min-On's Music Journey! Today, let us guide you to a country with charming medieval atmosphere: Romania, located in the southeast of Europe. Peleș Castle (Sinaia City, Transylvania region) Romania has a long history, and the deep medieval...

Min-On Music Journey No. 02: Republic of Moldova

Min-On Music Journey No. 02: Republic of Moldova

Welcome to the second edition of Min-On's Music Journey! Today, let us guide you to the beautiful Republic of Moldova, located in southeastern Europe. Soroca Fortress (photo by Vadim Șterbate) First, please watch the videos below that were produced to celebrate...

Min-On Music Journey No. 01: The Republic of Armenia

Min-On Music Journey No. 01: The Republic of Armenia

Welcome to Min-On's Music Journey! For our first trip, welcome to the Republic of Armenia. This country of nearly three million people is bordered by Europe, the Caspian Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. The capital city of Yerevan is filled with the beauty of nature...

Music is Hope—Min-On Concert: The Norwegian Girls Choir

Music is Hope—Min-On Concert: The Norwegian Girls Choir

Music reaches the hearts of people. It allows us see things that were invisible to us, and it can also open doors that were locked shut. With every concert, Min-On encounters not just the joy of sharing art from all over the world but also the thankful voices of...

The Min-On Tango Series Presents Quinteto Grande

The Min-On Tango Series Presents Quinteto Grande

Tango is a renowned art form, and Min-On is fortunate to have collaborated with professionals in the genre for 51 years since this cultural exchange began in 1970. Since then, Min-On has hosted over 2,500 tango live events in Japan! Aside from being a provocative art...

An Evening with Young Korean and Japanese Traditional Musicians

An Evening with Young Korean and Japanese Traditional Musicians

On February 19, 2020, a traditional music event featuring both Korean and Japanese artists was held at the Hanmadang Hall of the Korean Cultural Center in Tokyo. The evening featured the dynamic sounds of the Korean geomungo and gayageum, traditional instruments that...

The Yoko Komatsubara Spanish Dance Company Dispatched to Taiwan

The Yoko Komatsubara Spanish Dance Company Dispatched to Taiwan

Min-On’s dispatch tours to Taiwan began in 1989, and in 2019 on the occasion of their 30th anniversary, the Yoko Komatsubara Spanish Dance Troupe was sent to Taiwan. Beginning on November 23 at the Northern Miaoli Art Center and ending on December 5 at the National...

Seven-member Brazilian Group Ordinarius Tours Japan

Seven-member Brazilian Group Ordinarius Tours Japan

On November 11, 2019 at 10:45 a.m., the seven-member Brazilian group Ordinarius arrived safely at Haneda Airport. After winning Brazil’s National Vocal Group Competition, Ordinarius started including instruments alongside their acapella numbers, and the mixed...

The 6th Min-On Global Music Network in Thailand, October 2019

The 6th Min-On Global Music Network in Thailand, October 2019

From October 12 to 20, 2019, the 6th Min-On Global Music Network was jointly held by Min-On, Thailand’s Ministry of Culture and the Embassy of Japan in Thailand to celebrate 10 years Mekong-Japan friendly relations. Taiko drum group Kodo was dispatched to Thailand...

Korea-Japan Ensemble Concerts Held in Seoul and Tokyo

Korea-Japan Ensemble Concerts Held in Seoul and Tokyo

On December 3, 2019 at the New Century Hall of the Information and Culture Center at the Embassy of Japan in Seoul, and on December 4 at Gangnam City Hall (with the support of the Information and Culture Center), an event was held to promote friendly relations between...

Lecture Concert Musical Rakugo Held on August 30

Lecture Concert Musical Rakugo Held on August 30

On August 30, 2019, the French rakugo performer affiliated with the French Institute of Japan at the French Embassy in Japan, Cyril Coppini, and pianist Seiji Honda performed Musical Rakugo in commemoration of the Reims-Nagoya sister city partnership. Approximately...

Bolivian Guitarist Piraí Vaca Shows the Power of Emotion in Music

Bolivian Guitarist Piraí Vaca Shows the Power of Emotion in Music

Music could be called an unfiltered expression of the soul. For renowned Bolivian guitarist Piraí Vaca, music is pure emotion, most certain. His guitar has a range of expression that defies common conception, and his skilled guitar artistry—highlighted by virtuosic...

30th Anniversary of Min-On Taiwan Dispatch Performances

30th Anniversary of Min-On Taiwan Dispatch Performances

From April 10 to the 24, the Maidaiko Asuka Gumi was dispatched to Taiwan, where it performed nine times in five cities, including Taipei, and also at one school concert. During the show, the breathtaking, overwhelming power of Japanese taiko drums and soul-stirring...

Ambassador of Palau to Japan Visits the Min-On Culture Center

Ambassador of Palau to Japan Visits the Min-On Culture Center

On March 22, 2019, H.E. Mr. Francis MATSUTARO Ambassador of the Republic of Palau, visited the Min-On Culture Center. Ambassador MATSUTARO stated that in this year 2019, the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Palau and Japan, he...

Swedish Ambassador Visits Min-On Culture Center

Swedish Ambassador Visits Min-On Culture Center

On March 14, 2019, H.E. Mr. Magnus Robach, the ambassador for Sweden in Japan, visited the Min-On Culture Center. Ambassador Robach expressed how moved he by Min-On’s actions, which have played an important role in building world peace through music, and that he...

Peruvian Ambassador Visits Min-On Culture Center

Peruvian Ambassador Visits Min-On Culture Center

On March 13, 2019, H.E. Mr. Harold Forsyth, ambassador for Peru in Japan, visited the Min-On Culture Center. Ambassador Forsyth stated that in 2019, the 120-year anniversary of Japanese migration beginning to Peru, he wishes to continue to strengthen the bonds of...

Ambassador of Estonia to Japan Visits the Min-On Culture Center

Ambassador of Estonia to Japan Visits the Min-On Culture Center

On March 20, 2019, H.E. Mr. Väino REINART Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia, and Madame Kaire Jürgenson, Spouse of the Ambassador visited the Min-On Culture Center. The Ambassador expressed his understanding of the Min-On’s action to build peace through music, and...

Ambassador of Nicaragua in Japan Visits Min-On Culture Center

Ambassador of Nicaragua in Japan Visits Min-On Culture Center

On February 6, 2019, the ambassador of the Republic of Nicaragua in Japan, H.E. Mr. Rodrigo Coronel Kinloch visited the Min-On Culture Center. During discussions with Min-On president Kazuto Ito, Ambassador Kinloch expressed his hopes, saying, “I love music. Music is...

Min-On School Concert Held at Oono Elementary School in Tokushima

Min-On School Concert Held at Oono Elementary School in Tokushima

On February 1, a concert by pop duo Cousin was held at Oono Elementary School in Tokushima prefecture. Cousin, who are actual cousins as well as band mates, performed original songs, a medley of global tunes and a piece they composed with children from Uganda. The...

Ghanaian Ambassador Visits Min-On Culture Center

Ghanaian Ambassador Visits Min-On Culture Center

On February 2, 2019, ambassador to the Republic of Ghana in Japan, H.E. Mr. Frank Okyere, visited the Min-On Culture Center. H.E. Mr. Okyere spoke on the friendly relations between Ghana and Japan, stating that moving forward, he would like to develop cultural...

Min-On Concert Association’s Website Renewed in Multiple Languages

Min-On Concert Association’s Website Renewed in Multiple Languages

Under the guiding mission of “Uniting people through musical and cultural exchange activities and building bridges of peace between the hearts of people worldwide,” the Min-On Concert Association has to date invited artists from over 100 countries and regions to...

Lithuanian Ambassador in Japan Visits Min-On Culture Center

Lithuanian Ambassador in Japan Visits Min-On Culture Center

On December 3, 2018, H.E. Mr. Gediminas Varvuolis, the ambassador for Lithuania in Japan, visited the Min-On Cultural Center. During his discussion with the Min-On President Mr. Kazuto Ito, Mr. Varvuolis spoke on the actions Min-On has taken to contribute to...

Ambassador of Greece to Japan Visits the Min-On Culture Center

Ambassador of Greece to Japan Visits the Min-On Culture Center

On November 5, 2018, the Ambassador of Greece to Japan, H.E. Mr. Constantin Cakioussis, visited the Min-On Cultural Center. During his conversation with Kazuto Ito, Executive Representative of the Min-On Concert Association, he esteemed Min-On, which celebrated its...

KASSOU-TRI from Côte d’Ivoire Visit Min-On Culture Center

KASSOU-TRI from Côte d’Ivoire Visit Min-On Culture Center

On October 22, 2018, KASSOU-TRI from the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire visited the Min-On Culture Center during its Japan tour. The group leader, Mr. Eponon N’gouan Alphonse, responded strongly to Min-on's peace-building activities, and spoke enthusiastically of the...

Results of The 18th Tokyo International Music Competition

Results of The 18th Tokyo International Music Competition

Please see the results of the 18th Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting in 2018 below. [1st Prize] Nodoka Okisawa (Japan) [2nd Prize] Kanade Yokoyama (Japan) [3rd Prize] Masaru Kumakura (Japan) [Honorable Mention] Earl Lee (Canada) [Special Award /...

Tolstoy and Music Exhibition Opening Ceremony

Tolstoy and Music Exhibition Opening Ceremony

On October 19, 2018, an opening ceremony for the Tolstoy and Music Exhibition—a Min-On Music Museum and L.N. Tolstoy Estate Museum joint event—was held at the Min-On Culture Center. The exhibition itself runs from October 20, 2018 to February 3, 2019. H. E. Mr....

Colombian Group La Jagua Visit the Min-On Culture Center

Colombian Group La Jagua Visit the Min-On Culture Center

On October 12, 2018, musical group La Jagua from Colombia visited the Min-On Culture Center during their Japan tour. During a discussion with Min-On, La Jagua leader and percussionist Mr. Fabian Molano spoke enthusiastically on their current tour, saying, “We perform...

A Golden Bridge of Culture Connects the People and of China and Japan

A Golden Bridge of Culture Connects the People and of China and Japan

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Sino-Japanese Treaty of Peace and Friendship and the 50th anniversary of a proposal calling for normalization of relations between China and Japan, delivered by Min-On founder Daisaku Ikeda—then president of Soka Gakkai—on...

Overseas Dispatch: 5th Min-On Global Music Network (Indonesia)

Overseas Dispatch: 5th Min-On Global Music Network (Indonesia)

This event was held as a fifth major turning point for the Min-On Global Music Network, and in celebration of the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Indonesia. Events were held twice in the capital of Jakarta and once in...

The Berlin Philharmonic’s Varian Fry Quartet Amazes in Japan

The Berlin Philharmonic’s Varian Fry Quartet Amazes in Japan

Berlin Philharmonic is a globally acclaimed orchestra based in Germany. While many highly talented young musicians from around the world seek to join the Berlin Philharmonic, only a select few are allowed to study at the Orchestra Academy and “Learn from the pros”—the...

Cultural Envoy from Japan Celebrates Long Friendship with India

Cultural Envoy from Japan Celebrates Long Friendship with India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed that 2017—the 60th anniversary of the Indo-Japan Cultural Agreement—be designated as a year of Japan-India friendly exchange. In response to the proposal, Min-On dispatched a special troupe of Japanese traditional...

Foreign Student Music Festival Expands International Friendships

Foreign Student Music Festival Expands International Friendships

Kanagawa Foreign Student Music Festival, co-sponsored by the Yokohama Arts Foundation, was held at Shintoshi Hall in the harbor city of Yokohama on December 2, 2017, marking the 4th festival held in Kanagawa prefecture. However, since the inaugural festival in 1989,...

The Musical Innovation of Earth Rhythm Stomps to a Global Beat

The Musical Innovation of Earth Rhythm Stomps to a Global Beat

Earth Rhythm is a collaborative concert project initiated and produced by Shuichi Hidano, a world-renowned Japanese taiko drummer. Hidano has traveled around the world to introduce the powerful rhythms of traditional taiko drums and has performed over 2,700 times in...

Terem-Quartet Delivers Sophisticated and Lively Russian Sound

Terem-Quartet Delivers Sophisticated and Lively Russian Sound

Russian ensemble Terem-Quartet is one-of-a-kind, impossible to categorize into a single musical genre. Russian folk music, classics, jazz, tango, rock, pop and musical traditions from around the world all play a part in their arrangements. The group showcases a...

Portuguese Fado Resonates Deeply with Audiences across Japan

Portuguese Fado Resonates Deeply with Audiences across Japan

Fado, meaning “fate” or “destiny” in Portuguese, is one of the most popular forms of Portuguese music. A vocal art form, it is considered the soul music of Portugal, and commonly associated with pubs, clubs and restaurants. In typical fado music, the singer conveys...

Tottori Prefecture Students Enjoy Superb Instrumental Performance

Tottori Prefecture Students Enjoy Superb Instrumental Performance

The Min-On School Concert Program has a long history of cultivating schoolchildren’s emotional development through music appreciation in Japan and other countries for over 40 years. Since its inaugural concert held at the Shibetsu Middle School in a remote area of the...

Min-On Global Music Network Deepens International Friendships

Min-On Global Music Network Deepens International Friendships

“Political and economic relations are ruled by calculations of power or gain, making them unstable and ephemeral, whereas exchange in the realm of culture is more enduring. Respect for other cultures leads to respect for the people of those cultures. The friendship...

Colombian Periferia Dance Company Speaks the Language of Dance

Colombian Periferia Dance Company Speaks the Language of Dance

As a part of Min-On’s musical outreach programs open to the general public that contribute to the flourishing of music and art, the Min-On Music Museum occasionally hosts a series of music-related cultural lectures alongside admission-free concerts. A variety of...

Nicaraguan Diva Katia Cardenal Moves Japanese Audiences’ Hearts

Nicaraguan Diva Katia Cardenal Moves Japanese Audiences’ Hearts

Katia Cardenal is Nicaragua’s most popular singer-songwriter and an important figure in the new generation of Latin American folk music. Born in Managua, Nicaragua in 1963, Katia became a fan of popular music at an early age and began singing with a local chorus...

A Capella Weaves Colorful Voices into Harmony

A Capella Weaves Colorful Voices into Harmony

A cappella is not a specific genre of music, but a style of vocal music performance—group or solo singing without instrumental accompaniment. Singing is probably the first form of music that humankind created and experienced; the voice is a musical instrument that all...

Sixty-First Tohoku Hope Concert Held in Fukushima

Sixty-First Tohoku Hope Concert Held in Fukushima

In spring 2012, a year after the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the Tohoku region, the Min-On Concert Association launched a series of concerts entitled The Tohoku Hope Concert in collaboration with TBS Radio and other radio broadcasting stations in the three most...

Joyful Storybook Musical Gifted to Preschool Children

Joyful Storybook Musical Gifted to Preschool Children

As an outreach program for younger generations, Min-On produced a series of unique educational programs for preschool children, including a concert program entitled  A Storybook Musical for Children and Parents. Created by Japanese singer songwriter Mayumi-nu, the...

Schoolchildren in Kyushu Enjoy Bolivian Folclore Performance

Schoolchildren in Kyushu Enjoy Bolivian Folclore Performance

Min-On’s endeavors contribute to the flourishing of music and art through musical programs that cultivate artistic sentiments in children and young people. Since launching in 1973, the Min-On School Concert Program has provided admission-free concerts at primary and...

Canzone Napoletana Gifts the Italian Musical Tradition to Japan

Canzone Napoletana Gifts the Italian Musical Tradition to Japan

Most Japanese people are probably familiar with the melodies of the Italian songs O Sole Mio, Torna a Surriento and Funiculì Funiculà. Hearing these songs immediately reminds us of the dynamic country of Italy. Indeed, they are all very popular Neapolitan songs from...

City of London Sinfonia and Charlotte de Rothschild Inspire All

City of London Sinfonia and Charlotte de Rothschild Inspire All

Since its inaugural concert in 1963, the Min-On Concert Association has hosted a great number of classical music performances, featuring many well-known orchestras, eminent conductors, distinguished soloists and choirs invited from within Japan and all over the globe....

Overseas Dispatches of Japanese Artists to Singapore and China

Overseas Dispatches of Japanese Artists to Singapore and China

Min-On Concert Association has played a major role in introducing Japanese culture and performing arts to other countries for the last half century. Since 1966, Min-On has promoted a program of overseas dispatches of Japanese artists, mirroring its program of inviting...

Min-On Presents a Superb Evening with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Min-On Presents a Superb Evening with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

With the aim of fostering the Japanese classical music scene, Min-On has hosted a great number of classical music performances, dating back to its inaugural concert at the Bunkyo Civic Auditorium in Tokyo on October 18, 1963. Since then, Min-On has hosted over 300...

Gomalan Brass Quintet from Italy Delivers Musicianship and Humor

Gomalan Brass Quintet from Italy Delivers Musicianship and Humor

Music includes myriad types of ensembles, from classical orchestras, string and wind ensembles, to jazz and rock bands, as well as choirs, consisting solely of vocalists. Among these ensembles, the brass quintet has established popularity since appearing in the later...

Swedish Diva Margareta Bengtson’s Enchanting Soprano Artistry

Swedish Diva Margareta Bengtson’s Enchanting Soprano Artistry

Sweden has a prominent choral tradition and is home to many singers. In fact, some statistics show that out of a total population of 9.5 million, an estimated 600,000 belong to some sort of choral group. They feature a wide variety of folk songs from the Scandinavian...

The Min-On Global Session Forges Harmony Between Ethnicities

The Min-On Global Session Forges Harmony Between Ethnicities

This year, the Min-On Concert Association initiated an innovative concert series entitled The Min-On Global Session to showcase music and instruments representing a diverse array of ethnic traditions and musical cultures from around the globe. The first installment in...

MOMRI Successfully Hosts First Annual Report Conference in Tokyo

MOMRI Successfully Hosts First Annual Report Conference in Tokyo

The Min-On Music Research Institute (MOMRI) announced their initiative at the official launch event last February in Tokyo. Since then, MOMRI’s four distinguished research fellows have attended various international conferences and succeeded in their research in the...

INSPi and Jamaica Café Collaborate for Joint A Cappella Performance

INSPi and Jamaica Café Collaborate for Joint A Cappella Performance

A Cappella is the musical term that describes a genre of music, specifically solo or group singing without any musical accompaniment. An a cappella singer once told us in an interview, “What fascinates me about a cappella is that it’s music made by nothing more than...

Sväng a Study in Simplicity, Compactness and Virtuosity

Sväng a Study in Simplicity, Compactness and Virtuosity

The concert began with a quiet entrance of four gentlemen dressed in three-piece suits without neckties, carrying briefcases in hand. After lining up at center stage, each of them unclasped their briefcases simultaneously, and brought out small, box-like instruments,...

The Perunika Trio and Yantra Showcase Their Dynamic Vocal Arts

The Perunika Trio and Yantra Showcase Their Dynamic Vocal Arts

A cappella—choral music sung without instrumental accom-paniment—is perhaps the most archetypal art form of the human voice, which is the most basic yet highly sophisticated musical instrument we possess. A cappella performance expresses a deep range of emotion, from...

Sexteto Meridional Orchestra Leads the New Tango Renaissance

Sexteto Meridional Orchestra Leads the New Tango Renaissance

Since the Min-On Tango Series was launched in 1970, Min-On has invited renowned tango artists from Argentina every year for a Japan tour. The impressive lineup has included many modern tango virtuosos and award-winning dance couples. After 45 years of the...

Tokyo International Music Competition Discovers Protegé Conductors

Tokyo International Music Competition Discovers Protegé Conductors

The Min-On Concert Association, in cooperation with the Association of Japanese Symphony Orchestras, held The 17th Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting at the majestic Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall this October. Since it was first held in 1967, the...

The Vibrant Sounds of Mariachi: Viva! Mexico 2015

The Vibrant Sounds of Mariachi: Viva! Mexico 2015

Mariachi, internationally known as Mexican folk music, is one of the most popular genres of international music in Japan. Mariachi originally began as regional, rural folk music from central Mexico. In the 20th century, along with farm workers moving to the city,...

Music without Boundaries — Romani Music Travels to Japan

Music without Boundaries — Romani Music Travels to Japan

Music is always seasoned by the ethnic and national characteristics of different peoples, and great performing arts are a treasure that encompasses the spirit of all humanity. Romani music does not belong to any particular country with national boundaries, but it is...

Singing to Expand Heart-to-Heart Connections for a Peaceful World

Singing to Expand Heart-to-Heart Connections for a Peaceful World

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II as well as the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Various memorial events have been held all over the world under the common theme of “No More War.” As a part of its long-standing cultural lecture...

Min-On Museum Chronicles a 70-Year Musical Journey

Min-On Museum Chronicles a 70-Year Musical Journey

Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II this year, the Min-On Music Museum opened a special exhibition entitled “Music Journey—the 70-Year Musical History of Post-World War II Era Japan” on September 8. Under the supervision of longstanding...

Ecuadorian Pianist Boris Cepeda Delivers Cultural Lecture & Concert

Ecuadorian Pianist Boris Cepeda Delivers Cultural Lecture & Concert

One of the fundamental aims of the Min-On Concert Association is to contribute to the flourishing of music and art by promoting musical outreach programs open to the general public. As a part of these public service projects, the Min-On Music Museum occasionally hosts...

The Tohoku Hope Concerts Empower through the Power of Music

The Tohoku Hope Concerts Empower through the Power of Music

Endeavoring to cultivate music appreciation in Japan and worldwide, Min-On has offered a wide range of non-profit public service programs since its foundation in 1963. The Min-On School Concert Program was inaugurated in 1973 at the founder’s proposal to contribute to...

Min-On Museum Visitors Enjoy Legends of Tango

Min-On Museum Visitors Enjoy Legends of Tango

Exhibits displaying the colorful atmosphere of Buenos Aires Beginning January 1, 2015, the Min-On Music Museum at the Min-On Culture Center in Shinanomachi, Tokyo, has been hosting a special exhibition entitled Vibrant Rhythm and Lively Melody—Argentine Tango. Tango...

Sururu na Roda Celebrates Friendship in the Rhythm of Samba

Sururu na Roda Celebrates Friendship in the Rhythm of Samba

Brazil is recognized throughout the world as a superpower of music—one that has originated a wealth of popular musical genres and rhythmical dance styles. Among them, samba is perhaps the most popular cultural expression of Brazil, an internationally famous symbol of...

Lucky Audience Delighted by Peaceful Sounds of World Music

Lucky Audience Delighted by Peaceful Sounds of World Music

Since it was officially registered in Japan as an authenticated music museum in 2003, the Min-On Music Museum has periodically held a series of cultural lectures, workshops and mini-concerts as part of its admission-free public service activities with the aim of...

Exodus Steel Orchestra Brings the Caribbean to Japan

Exodus Steel Orchestra Brings the Caribbean to Japan

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Trinidad <&> Tobago, one of the jewels of the Caribbean. It has also been designated as the Japan-CARICOM (Caribbean Community and Common Market) Friendship...

Maestro Yanagisawa Delivers Lecture on The Power of Music

Maestro Yanagisawa Delivers Lecture on The Power of Music

The Min-On Music Museum initiated a new series of cultural lectures entitled The Power of Music, in commemoration of Min-On’s 50th anniversary last year. The fourth installment was held on Saturday, August 23 at the Min-On Culture Center’s museum hall in Tokyo. For...

Quattrocelli Combines Sweet Cello Sounds With Lively Stage Antics

Quattrocelli Combines Sweet Cello Sounds With Lively Stage Antics

Cello music offers a wide variety of tone color and acoustic expression. The instrument’s range can deliver powerful bass, dramatic tenor, and even some lyrical soprano. The cello is often described as the instrument that sounds closest to the human voice. Its...

Coloratura Soprano of Victoria Loukianetz Resounds in Six Cities

Coloratura Soprano of Victoria Loukianetz Resounds in Six Cities

The Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) in Austria is counted as one of the world’s most prestigious opera houses. In 1993, Victoria Loukianetz made her international debut there as Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. As a permanent member of the State...

Dixieland Jazz Festival Stirs Audiences Across Japan

Dixieland Jazz Festival Stirs Audiences Across Japan

Shannon Powell and the band onstage "Let’s fly down or drive down to New Orleans / That city has pretty historic scenes / And I’ll take you, and parade you down Bourbon Street." A concert of the Shannon Powell Traditional All-Star Jazz Band began with the cheerful...

Tohoku Hope Concert Held in Tokyo

Tohoku Hope Concert Held in Tokyo

March 11, 2014 marked the third anniversary of the great earthquake and subsequent tsunami which devastated the northeastern coastal areas of the Tohoku region. While still enduring severe conditions, thousands of people in the affected region have worked together to...

The Fifth Minyo Festival Inspires Hometown Nostalgia

The Fifth Minyo Festival Inspires Hometown Nostalgia

Japanese people who were born and raised in outlying areas of Japan outside of the major metropolitan areas typically have a particular song that is familiar to everyone from that area, and on hearing it usually gives rise to nostalgic feelings for their hometown....

Min-On Salon Concert Held at Melody Hall

Min-On Salon Concert Held at Melody Hall

A salon is a comfortable, intimate space perfect for small concerts and talks, or for the reception of important guests. Indeed, concerts of exquisite chamber music were often held in salons, and hence the genre of European salon music was born. The Min-On Culture...

Koto Sounds the Celebration of a New Year

Koto Sounds the Celebration of a New Year

The koto is considered a national musical instrument of Japan. It has 13 strings that are strung over 13 movable bridges along the width of the wooden body, which is some six feet long. Its origins can be traced back to the Chinese zheng, which was first introduced to...

Audience Invited to the Cinematic Piano Paradise of Jacob Koller

Audience Invited to the Cinematic Piano Paradise of Jacob Koller

Jacob Koller performing on stage Listening to the soundtrack album of a memorable movie enables those who saw the movie to recall and implicitly re-experience scenes from the film. As Time Goes By from the romantic scene in the movie Casablanca released in 1942, and...

Serene Sounds of the Guzheng Offers Tranquil Afternoon

Serene Sounds of the Guzheng Offers Tranquil Afternoon

Jiang Xiaoqing "Even in the deepest quiet of a snowy day, there was a resonance within the stillness. I was staring at the falling snow from a window and spontaneously composed this piece for my guzheng." With these words, Jiang Xiaoqing, an internationally acclaimed...

Divas of Asia Create Powerful Onstage Presence

Divas of Asia Create Powerful Onstage Presence

Cheuni (left) and Ouyand Feifei (right) The legendary diva of Asia, Ouyand Feifei, began her career in Taipei in 1967; she came to Japan in 1971 and in the same year scored a number one hit with her debut single entitled Ame no Midousuji (Rainy Avenue of Midosuji),...

The Real Group Delights Audience with Vocal Artistry

The Real Group Delights Audience with Vocal Artistry

A cappella—a colorful array of wonderful voices in harmony A cappella is the Italian term historically referred to music performed "in the style of the chapel"—vocal music without instrumental accompaniment—typically performed as part of religious services. But today,...

New Program of Overseas Dispatches: The First to China

New Program of Overseas Dispatches: The First to China

Traditional Japanese dance arranged in modern style Based on the Founder's belief that a genuine bridge of culture connecting people to people cannot be broken, the Min-On Concert Association has invited more than 40 cultural groups and artists from neighboring China...

Memorial Tribute to Legendary Singer Hibari Misora

Memorial Tribute to Legendary Singer Hibari Misora

The late Hibari Misora's performance projected on to a screen Hibari Misora, which means "lark in a beautiful sky," is the name of Japan's most famous multifaceted singer, actress and cultural icon of the post WWII era in Japan, offering people hope and encouragement...

Amaral Vieira’s Musical Tribute to the 50th Anniversary

Amaral Vieira’s Musical Tribute to the 50th Anniversary

Presenting the scores at the Min-On headquarters Amaral Vieira is an internationally acclaimed Brazilian composer and virtuoso pianist. He has also been a dedicated scholar at the Brazilian Society of Musicology for many years. From an early age, Vieira began...

César López Dedicates Two Original Compositions

César López Dedicates Two Original Compositions

César López presents a framed score of Los Amigos On September 13, the day after their arrival in Japan, maestro César López together with all the members of his special Habana Ensemble visited the Min-On Culture Center in Tokyo before embarking on their...

K-Broadway Presents World-Class Dance Performances in Japan

K-Broadway Presents World-Class Dance Performances in Japan

Broadway-style performance in Tokyo Min-On sponsored a special dance production entitled K-Broadway—Dance for Smiles featuring the top dancers and alumni of the Broadway Dance Center, as well as special guest artist Hideboh, an internationally acclaimed tap-dancer....

Pipe Organ Recital Echoes in the Majestic Ark Hall

Pipe Organ Recital Echoes in the Majestic Ark Hall

Box-shaped structure of the Muse Ark Hall creates rich acoustics for the pipe organ On the evening of February 14 at the Tokorozawa Muse Ark Hall in Saitama Prefecture, Japanese organist Minako Tsukatani gave a unique pipe organ recital in collaboration with acclaimed...

Colombian Teens Bring the Unique Spirit of Chirimía to Japan

Colombian Teens Bring the Unique Spirit of Chirimía to Japan

Members of the Chirimía band perform at Min-On Culture Center On May 28 in Tokyo, teenage members of the music group Chirimía, accompanied by Embassy officials of the Republic of Colombia, paid a courtesy visit to the Min-On Culture Center. Chirimía groups come...

Min-On Founder Awarded Honorary Directorship

Min-On Founder Awarded Honorary Directorship

Members of the Troupe present the award at Min-On’s Melody Hall On April 1, in the middle of the Japan tour, Mr. Ma Xiaoming, director of the Cultural Exchange Department of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, accompanied by one of...

Exhibition of Shoka Music Takes Museum Visitors Back to School

Exhibition of Shoka Music Takes Museum Visitors Back to School

Shoka exhibition at the Min-On Music Museum in Tokyo From January 1 through April 14 this year, the Min-On Music Museum in the Min-On Culture Center in Tokyo is hosting a special exhibition entitled Recalling Nostalgic Melodies of Japanese Shoka Songs. ‘Shoka’ refers...

Japan–Argentina Friendship Celebrated with Dramatic Tango

Japan–Argentina Friendship Celebrated with Dramatic Tango

Argentina’s top-class dancing pairs performed with the Orchesta Nicolás Ledesma This year marks the 50th anniversary of Min- On’s founding as well as 115 years of amicable relations between Argentina and Japan. During the past 50 years of Min-On’s history of cultural...

The Betawi Cultural Institute Presents Unique Performing Arts

The Betawi Cultural Institute Presents Unique Performing Arts

A member of institute plays an Indonesian Angklung on display in the Music Museum On the morning of October 23, a delegation of the Betawi Cultural Institute (LKB) from Indonesia, headed by its chairman, H. Tatang Hidayat, paid a courtesy visit to the Min-On Culture...

Russian Group and Japanese Youths Battle It Out

Russian Group and Japanese Youths Battle It Out

Members of ‘The Battle’ from Russia and Japan On the autumn evening of October 12 in Tokyo, The Battle 2012—an international street dance competition—broke out between a group of Russian dancers known as Predatorz Crew and a Japanese alliance of young dancing forces...

Western Japan Branch of Min-On Music Museum Opens in Kobe

Western Japan Branch of Min-On Music Museum Opens in Kobe

Guests at the opening ceremony enjoy the classical sounds of an antique fortepiano Aiming to extend and improve its activities, the Min-On Concert Association newly dedicated a western Japan branch of the Min-On Music Museum in the international city of Kobe in Hyogo...

The Little Singers Present the Rich Culture of Armenia Across Japan

The Little Singers Present the Rich Culture of Armenia Across Japan

The Little Singers of Armenia On the Friday evening of August 10, The Little Singers of Armenia choir, directed by its founder Tigran Hekekyan, successfully concluded their first Japan tour in front of a capacity audience at the magnificent Tokyo Opera City Concert...

Island Youth Delivers the Beauty and Joy of Okinawan Dance

Island Youth Delivers the Beauty and Joy of Okinawan Dance

Hanayakara The islands of Okinawa are surrounded by beautiful ocean and blessed with a superb natural environment. The islands were once a small independent nation called the Ryukyu Kingdom, where since ancient times a unique culture had developed with distinctive...

The Ventures Celebrate 50th Anniversary of First Japan Tour

The Ventures Celebrate 50th Anniversary of First Japan Tour

Original member Don Wilson (second from right) and The Ventures during the 2012 Japan tour One of the most influential of rock and roll pioneers, the Ventures— the quintessential American guitar combo formed in the pre-Beatles era of 1958—served as a prototype for...

Min-On Initiates Series of School Concerts in the Tohoku Region

Min-On Initiates Series of School Concerts in the Tohoku Region

Members of the a cappella group INSPi performing at a school in Tohoku More than a year has passed since the great earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the northeastern coastal areas of the Tohoku region in Japan. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people in the...

Yuzo Toyama Conducts Annual Year-End Concert of Beethoven’s No. 9

Yuzo Toyama Conducts Annual Year-End Concert of Beethoven’s No. 9

Yuzo Toyama  It may be a custom unique to Japan: Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 is played annually during the year-end season by many orchestras and choral groups all over Japan, a custom that originated with the NHK Symphony Orchestra sometime in the 1940s in Tokyo....

Superlative Entertainment from Mnozil Brass

Superlative Entertainment from Mnozil Brass

Mnozil Brass  Mnozil Brass, an Austrian virtuoso brass ensemble septet, was brought back to Japan for an encore tour of 13 cities throughout Japan during the months of November and December in 2011. The seven members of this versatile group are all graduates of...

Mariachi Del Sol Tours across Kyushu for Viva Mexico

Mariachi Del Sol Tours across Kyushu for Viva Mexico

Mariachi del Sol in concert in Kyushu Mariachi is a genre of music that originated in Mexico, a country of legendary sunshine, particularly in the Western state of Jalisco. The word Mariachi refers to a musician who dresses in a particular traje style, which includes...

Asuka Gumi Celebrates 20th Anniversary with a Vigorous Drum Roll

Asuka Gumi Celebrates 20th Anniversary with a Vigorous Drum Roll

Taiko drummer from Asuka Gumi  Maidaiko Asuka Gumi, one of the most acclaimed professional Japanese traditional taiko drum troupes, triumphed in its 20th anniversary concert at Nakano Sun Plaza Hall in Tokyo on December 9, 2011, following a yearlong nationwide...

Gyeonggi Provincial Dance Company Expresses Traditions of Korea

Gyeonggi Provincial Dance Company Expresses Traditions of Korea

The Gyeonggi Provincial Dance Company Korea is Japan’s closest neighbor, and at various times throughout history the Korean Peninsula has influenced various aspects of Japanese culture, acting as a kind of cultural bridge between Japan and China. On October 31, a...

Russian Folk Ensembles Perform in Taiwan

Russian Folk Ensembles Perform in Taiwan

Dancers and musicians from the Russian folk ensembles In order to realize its aim of effecting significant cultural exchange on a global scale, the Min-On Concert Association has introduced a wide range of international music culture to Japan, while also sending...

Armenian Little Singers

Armenian Little Singers

The Little Singers of Armenia choir The Little Singers of Armenia choir was founded in 1992, under the initiative of Mr. Tigran Hekekyan. “During the dark and cold years of the early ’90s,” Mr. Hekekyan remembered, “it was important to establish a children’s choir to...

Ambassador Barnes of Jamaica Visits Min-On Culture Center

Ambassador Barnes of Jamaica Visits Min-On Culture Center

Ambassador Barnes listens to one of the antique pianos from the Music Museum collection On the afternoon of May 25, the Jamaican Ambassador, Ms. Claudia C. Barnes, accompanied by her secretary Ms. Sawako Toyama, visited the Min-On Culture Center for the first time....

Acting Head of Mission at Armenian Embassy Visits Min-On

Acting Head of Mission at Armenian Embassy Visits Min-On

Dr. Pogosyan and his wife meet with Min-On officials Representing the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Japan, Dr. and Mrs. Grant R. Pogosyan, advisor and acting head of mission, accompanied by Dr. Arsen Arakelyan, the interim Charge d’affaires, visited the Min-On...

INSPi Performs for School Concerts in Okinawa

INSPi Performs for School Concerts in Okinawa

INSPi perform at the Min-On School Concert in Okinawa The Italian term a cappella literally means ‘in chapel style’, and is used to describe music of specifically solo or group singing without instruments. Although originally used in reference to religious music, a...

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