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JAPANESE ARTS IN LATIN AMERICA(JAILA)

Each year, The Japan Foundation, New York, dispatches U.S. based Japanese culture specialists to Central and South Americas, to promote cultural exchange throughout Latin American countries. The specialists to be dispatched include Japanese and non-Japanese cultural figures, researchers, and artists in a broad range of fields.

Report on JAILA 2010 in Wochikochi Magazine on-line:

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2017

February 27 - March 5, 2017

"Bizarre Heroes" Tour by On Ensemble/ Guatemala City, Guatemala and Managua, Nicaragua


LA-based taiko ensemble will tour parts of Central America for a series of performances and workshops. This program is co-organized with the Embassies of Japan in Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Learn more about On Ensemble.

Photo (c) Bryce Craig

2016

September 28 - October 5, 2016

"Double Violin Fireworks" Ray Iwazumi and Amy Iwazumi / San Salvador & Santa Ana, El Salvador and San Jose, Costa Rica


The brother-sister violin duo will tour parts of Central America for a series of performances and workshops.

This program is co-organized with the Embassies of Japan in El Salvador and Costa Rica.

Photo: Amy I Productions

July 31 - August 8, 2016

Ryu Goto / Santiago & Easter Island, Chile


Acclaimed violinist Ryu Goto will visit Santiago, Chile, for two performances with Orquesta de Camara de Chile as well as a mini concert at children's hospital. He will also visit Easter Island to conduct a solo performance and master classes.

This program is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Chile.

Photo:(c) E. Miyoshi

March 2 - 10, 2016

Kuni Mikami Jazz Trio / Guatemala and Mexcio


New York based jazz pianist Kuni Mikami will be joined by drummer Tony Machine and guitarist Yuto Kanazawa to tour Guatemala City and Cuernavaca, offering performance of standard jazz number as well as his original composition. The trio will also be conducting workshops in each city.

March 5 Performance at Teatro Dick Smith (Guatemala City, Guatemala)

March 9 Performance at Teatro Ocampo (Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico)

This program is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Guatemala and The Japan Foundation, Mexico.

February 15 - 18, 2016

"Taiko Masala -Thunder Drummer- Concert in Barbados/ Bridgetown, Barbados


Taiko Masala, a New York based taiko group will be performing in commemoration of opening of the Japanese Embassy in Barbados. The group will also conduct workshop for local audience. For more information on Taiko Masala, please click here.

This program is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Trinidad and Tobago.

Image: (c) www.leons-roar.com

2015

September 18 - 28, 2015

"Tango, Soul, and Passion" - Piano Concert by Junko Ueno Garrett/ Petropolis, Curitiba, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Fray Bentos, Uruguay


Pianist Junko Ueno Garrett will perform a wide variety of music, from Brazilian and Argentinian Tangos, Spanish dances, to music from Japanese animation and game. This tour is co-organized with the Consulate General of Japan in Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba, Embassy of Japan in Chile and Uruguay. Click here for more information on Junko Ueno Garrett.

Dates:

September 20 Petropolis

September 22 Curitiba

September 24 Santiago

September 26 Fray Bentos

August 19 - 30, 2015

TAIKOPROJECT South America Tour 2015 "Surrounding Suns"/ Buenos Aires, Argentina; Asuncion, Pirapo, Encarnacion, Paraguay; Salvador, Brazil


Three members of the LA based Taiko group will tour the South American countries for a series of performances and workshops. This tour is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Argentina, Paraguay and Consulate of Japan in Recife. Click here for more information on TAIKOPROJECT.

Dates:

August 19 & 20 Buenos Aires

August 22 & 23 Asuncion

August 24 Pirapo

August 25 Encarnacion

August 29 & 30 Salvador

Photo by Rob Hammer

February 2 - 12, 2015

"The Thunder Drummers of Japan" by Taiko Masala /Guatemala City, Guatemala; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Punta del Este, Uruguay


New York based Japanese drum performers will tour Guatemala, Honduras and Uruguay for performances in various venues, to mark the occasion of 80th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Central America in 2015. Click here for more on Taiko Masala.

This event is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Guatemala, Honduras, and Uruguay.

February 2 - 12, 2015

Yumi Kurosawa Koto Concert: The Arts of Sound - Tradition to Contemporary, Collaboration with Tabla / San Salvador & Santa Ana, El Salvador; Panama City, Panama; San Jose, Costa Rica; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)


To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Central America in 2015, Japanese Kotoist Yumi Kurosawa will be on tour in four Central American countries, joined by guest artist and tabla master Deep Singh, for an innovative musical performance emphasizing both tradition and modernity.

Click here for more on Ms. Yumi Kurosawa and Mr. Deep Singh.

This event is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic.

2014

June 2 - 15, 2014

Shiro Otake "Iberoamericana" /Asuncion & Encarnacion, Paraguay, and Buenos Aires & Cordoba, Argentina


Renowned folkloric guitarist Shiro Otake will visit cities in Paraguay and Argentina to offer the music of his beloved master Atahualpa Yupanqui as well as his own compositions.  
This event is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Paraguay and Argentina.

March 23 - 30, 2014

Ryu Goto / La Paz and Cochabamba, Bolivia


World renowned violinist Ryu Goto will visit the city of La Paz to perform Tchaikovsky's Concerto for Violin in D Major, Op.35 with the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia.  He will also conduct master classes at Man Cesped Music Academy in Cochabamba as well as perform Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the students at the Academy. 
This event is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Bolivia.

Photo: (c) Universal Music

February 19 - 25, 2014

Smart Energy Island: Resilience and Recovery Following the Great East Japan Earthquake /

Kingston, Jamaica


Cross-cultural engineering, communications and journalism professional Dan Bihn will be traveling to Jamaica to offer talks on the recovering effort being made in Japan after the Great East Earthquake.

Click here for more information on Dan Bihn.

This program is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Jamaica.

February 9 - 12, 2014

Duo YUMENO concert ~Melodies Across the Sea~ /

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago


New York based musicians Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto, shamisen, vocals) and Hikaru Tamaki (cello) will be performing in Trinidad and Tobago to offer a unique fusion of sound that explores both traditional Japanese and Western classical music. They will also be conducting a workshop to music students.

Click below for more information on:

Yoko Reikano Kimura

Hikaru Tamaki Blog "Play Time"

Duo YUMENO Facebook

This program is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Trinidad and Tobago.

Photo: John Broughton 

2013

November 21 - 29, 2013

Yumi Kurosawa Koto Concert: Tradition to Contemporary - with two different traditions from Japan and India / Recife and Brasilia, Brazil


Japanese Kotoist Yumi Kurosawa is joined by guest artist and tabla master Deep Singh for an innovative musical performance emphasizing both tradition and modernity.

Click here for more on Ms. Yumi Kurosawa and Mr. Deep Singh.

This program is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Brazil and Consular Office in Recife.

November 18 - 24, 2013

CHiKA / Quito, Ecuador


Interactive visual artist CHiKA will be in Ecuador to give performance of her 'mapping' installation. She will also offer workshop and lecture on her art making.

Click here for more on CHiKA.

This program is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Ecuador.

June 17 - 23, 2013

Kenny Endo and Eri Ishizuka Taiko Drums of Japan / Costa Rica and The Bahamas


Taiko Drum performers Kenny Endo and Eri Ishizuka will travel to Costa Rica and The Bahamas for performance and workshop. They will perform both traditional and contemporary pieces and collaborate with local musicians.

 

Click here for more on Mr. Kenny Endo.

This program is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Costa Rica & Jamaica.

January 13 - 18, 2013

Contemporary and Traditional Music of Japan and Beyond / Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados


Fue (Japanese flute) and taiko drum performer Kaoru Watanabe and taiko performer / composer Isaku Kageyama will travel to Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados for performance and workshop. They will perform traditional as well as contemporary pieces and collaborate with local musicians.

 

Click here for more on Mr. Kaoru Watanabe and Mr. Isaku Kageyama.

This program is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Trinidad & Tobago.

2012

November26 - December 3, 2012

Ikebana Demonstration / Jamaica and Dominican Republic


Sogetsu Ikebana Artist Tetsunori Kawana will travel to Kingston and Santiago to conduct demonstrations and workshops of his mid- to large-scale flower arrangement.

 

Click here for more on Mr. Tetsunori Kawana.

This program is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Jamaica and Dominican Republic.

October 1 - October 7, 2012

The Foundation of Japanese Cooking - Lecture and Demonstration / Nicaragua and Guatemala


Matthew Kimura of Ginko Japanese Restaurant in Toronto, Canada will travel to Managua and Guatemala City to demonstrate some of the foundations of Japanese cooking such as the proper way to make Ichiban Dashi. He will be demonstrating for the chefs and culinary professionals as well as on national television in each country.

 

This program is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Nicaragua and Guatemala, with cooperation by Organization to Promote Japanese Restaurants Abroad (JRO).

 

Click here for a report of the demonstration on the Embassy of Japan in Nicaragua's website (Spanish language only).

September 27 – October 7, 2012

Infinity ~ Impressions of Japan~ / Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Belem and Curitiba)


Yamada School Koto, Shamisen player and singer Ms. Yoko Reikano Kimura, and Koto and Shamisen player and contemporary jazz vocalist Ms. Sumie Kaneko will visit three cities in Brazil for performances and workshops.

 

Click here for more about Ms. Yoko Reikano Kimura and Ms. Sumie Kaneko

This program is co-organized with Consulate General of Japan in Rio de Janeiro, Belem and Curitiba.

February 12 - 21, 2012

Mitsudomoe (Three Swirls): Mind, Body, and Spirit - Kenny Endo and Miles Endo / El Salvador and Belize


Renowned taiko performers Kenny Endo and Miles Endo will be touring El Salvador and Belize for a series of concerts and workshops.

 

Click here for more about Mr. Kenny Endo, and Mr. Miles Endo.

This program is co-organized with Embassy of Japan in El Salvador and Embassy of Japan in Jamaica (in charge of Belize).

2011

November 21 - 28, 2011

Hogaku concert with Koto, Shamisen and Shakuhachi / Brazil (Brasilia and Recife)


Koto and Shamisen player Masayo Ishigure, Mitsuki Dazai and Shakuhachi player Marco Lienhard will be touring Brasilia and Recife for a series of performances.

 

Click here for more about Ms. Masayo Ishigure, Ms. Mitsuki Dazai and Mr. Marco Lienhard.

This program is co-organized with Embassy of Japan in Brazil and Consular Office of Japan in Recife.

October 22 - November 4, 2011

"Infinity ~An Evening of Japanese Classical Music~" / Jamaica, Bolivia, Peru


Yamada School Koto, Shamisen player and singer Ms. Yoko Reikano Kimura, and Koto and Shamisen player and contemporary jazz vocalist Ms. Sumie Kaneko will visit the three countries to give various performances and workshops.

 

Click here for more about Ms. Yoko Reikano Kimura and Ms. Sumie Kaneko

This program is co-organized with Embassy of Japan in Jamaica, Bolivia and Peru.

September 19 - 26, 2011

Classical music with Japanese artists / Cuba


Mr. Keisuke Wakao is assistant principal oboe of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and principal oboe of the Boston Pops Orchestra. He will be performing selections from Bach, Marcello, Williams, and R. Strauss with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, as well as visiting a music school for a workshop.

 

Click here for more about Mr. Keisuke Wakao

This program is co-organized with Embassy of Japan in Cuba.

2010

November 27 - December 1, 2010

"An Evening of Japanese Jazz"/ Jamaica


Flutist YUKARI and pianist Ms. Eri Yamamoto will visit Jamaica to give a concert and workshop to local audiences and music students.  They will be performing their own compositions as well as well-known Japanese songs in a jazz style.  They will also be joined by local musicians for a collaborative performance.

 

Click here for more about YUKARI and Ms. Eri Yamamoto

This program is co-organized with Embassy of Japan in Jamaica.

Yuki Kurosawa & Kaoru Watanabe

September 19-October 2, 2010

Piano concert tour “East Meets West: A World Journey on the Keyboard”/ Cuba, El Salvador and Mexico

 

Pianist Ms. Junko Ueno Garrett will visit the three countries to give concert-lectures to local audiences and music students. She will be comparing and contrasting Japanese music with Western music in style, expression and melody through a survey of Japanese music history.

 

Click here for more about Ms. Junko Ueno Garrett

This program is co-organized with Embassy of Japan in Cuba, El Salvador and The Japan Foundation, Mexico.

Yuki Kurosawa & Kaoru Watanabe

September 7-17, 2010 

Hogaku:Traditional Japanese music concert tour /Costa Rica, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago and Panama


Ms Yumi Kurosawa (21-string Koto) and Mr. Kaoru Watababe (Japanese flute and Taiko drum) will visit four countries to give performances and workshops to local music students and general public audiences.


Click here for more about Ms Yumi Kurosawa and Mr. Kaoru Watanabe

This program is co-organized with Embassy of Japan in Costa Rica, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago and Panama.

Lori Lei Matsukawa

August 18-28, 2010

Lecture Tour "Telling Our Story: Coalition Building and the Asian American Journalists Association"/ Brazil


Ms. Lori Lei Matsukawa, the KING5 co-anchor and President of the Board of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, will be giving lectures in four cities in Brazil: Sao Paulo, Belem, Tome-Acu, and Brasilia. In Brasilia, her lecture will be part of the 8th International Congress of Japanese Studies in Brazil.

Click here for more about Ms. Lori Lei Matsukawa

This program is co-organized with Embassy of Japan in Brazil, Consulate General of Japan in Belem, and The Japan Foundation, Sao Paulo.



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