• Japanese culture is the embodiment of a rich heritage - it is the fusion of traditional and contemporary forms; the staging of performing arts such as dance, music, and drama are held in different venues throughout the year; however, particularly in July, there is an abundance of cultural pesentations to celebrate Philippines - Japan Friendship Month.


      • We’re All Ears for this New Youth Jazz Orchestra

        Download: AYJO Flyer

        “AYJO ASEAN Tour 2015” hits Manila on September 26, Meralco Theater

        Following the successful Asian Youth Jazz Orchestra (AYJO) kick-off concert last February at the Shangri-La Plaza, the pioneer members together with the young musicians who passed the auditions in Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines, are slated to render topnotch orchestra performances for the Manila leg of the AYJO ASEAN Tour 2015 on September 26, 2015 at the Meralco Theater.

        AYJO is a...


        Download: The Taiko Effect: Drums of Change poster

        The Cultural Center of the Philippines and Tokyo Juho, Inc. will be staging a benefit concert, THE TAIKO EFFECT: Drums of Change at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, CCP Main Theater this April 11 & 12, 2015 at 8:00pm. The proceeds of the event shall be used to aid efforts in the rehabilitation and restoration of our Cultural & Heritage Sites in the Philippines that have been damaged by typhoons,...

      • Jazz Night with Japanese Musicians

        Catch the free jazz concert of the AYJO Band on February 22 at Shangri-La Plaza

        The Japan Foundation Asia Center, PIJazzfest Foundation and the Shangri-La Plaza cordially invite the public to the one-night-only concert of the Asian Youth Jazz Orchestra (AYJO) Band on February 22 (Sunday), 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the East Atrium of Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City.

        Six talented musicians from Japan – Osamu Matsumoto (trombone), Mayuko Katakura (piano), Yuri Kishimoto (saxophone), Mariko Maeda (trombone), Nohara Okamoto (electric bass) and Fumihiro Ibuki (drums) – will serenade...

      • DANCE DANCE ASIA – Crossing the Movements

        Concept / Outline

        The Japan Foundation Asia Center starts a long-term ASEAN project named “Dance Dance Asia” from 2015 to support the exchange and collaboration of Asian regional dance companies / dancers that are based on street dance, including not only hip-hop but variety of genres such as jazz dance, contemporary dance, etc.

        Since it was introduced in Japan in the 1970s, within just 40 years, street dance has become one of the most popular dance genres, and the number of dance studio and practitioners has...

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