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Japan-ASEAN Cultural Exchange Program: The 21st Century Classical Japanese Music and Dance Tour in Vietnam

  • Organization : Japan Performing Arts Association
  • Section : Overseas
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Japanese Traditional Art


As the second outing of the Japan-ASEAN Cultural Exchange Program formed last year by Japan Performing Arts Association together with Indonesian officials, the Japanese traditional performing art unit “21st Century Classical Japanese Music and Dance” held performances in Vietnam. This traditional Japanese music group is a young and talented all-female musical unit whose repertoire spans everything from classical to modern pieces. The principle performers were Shozan Sakurai (Shakuhachi), Fumiko Arai (Percussion), Maki Isogai, Ai Kajigano, Yuko Fukuda (Koto), Hitomi Nakamura (Tsugaru Shamisen).

Haru No Umi / Sakura / Tsugaru Jhonkara Bushi / Ly Ngua O / Workshop / Yosakoi Naruko Odori / Tori No Youni / Kohgetsucyo / Nihon Minyo / Yume No Wa / Sekai Ni Hitotsudake No Hana, others

Aside from performances, the group held koto and Japanese drum workshops with students from Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory, Ho Chi Minh University of Pedagogy, and the Unversity of Social Sciences and Humanities. In addition, the unit’s three koto musicians held a symposium and social event at a Vietnamese folk music school in Ho Chi Minh City recommended by the Consulate General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City.


Japan Performing Arts Association (“JAA”)
Japan Performing Arts Association (“JAA”) was originally established as “Japan Traditional Cultural Saloon Ginbokukai” in November 2007. It was reorganised to a general incorporated association organised under the “Act on General Incorporated Associations and General Incorporated Foundations” in September 2009 and renamed to Japan Performing Arts Association, with a view to more focusing on social contribution through promotion of traditional Japanese culture and performing arts in Japan and overseas contributing to the international cultural exchange.

JAA is managed by the directors including Mr. Haruo Misumi as the honorary chairman, who is the incumbent chairman of the Performing Arts Society, Mr. Hideki Tanaka, as the ceo, who is a former cultural property specialist in the Cultural Affairs Agency and Mr. Katsuo Suzuki, ex-executive director of Isetan Co., Ltd.


Shingo Shoji
Executive Producer
Japan Performing Arts Association
#301, Nikko Palas 11-17 Kamiyamacho,Shibuya-ku,Tokyo,Japan 150-0047
E-mail: info@jaa-dentou-geijutsu.com


Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory Hal/Cultural hall Consulate General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City/D Hall [2nd Floor], University of Social Sciences and Humanities(Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam)