Are you interested in performing at Japan Matsuri 2017 or demonstrating on the Martial Arts Stage? If so, please download and complete the performance application form below to let us know about yourself.
To participate in 2017’s Nodojiman contest, please visit the Nodojiman page.
Matsuri Performers in 2016 included:
Aozasa Shishi-Odori Dance Troupe 青笹しし踊り
For the first time in the United Kingdom, Aozasa Shishi Odori brings to Japan Matsuri the mystery of the timeless dance rituals of the gods from the mountains of north-eastern Japan. Shishi-odori (deer dancing) has been passed down through the generations for hundreds of years and is still regularly performed by members of various local communitieshttp://www.bunka.pref.iwate.jp/dentou/kyodo/shousai/geinou_019.html
Tezuma by Taiju Fujiyama 手妻師藤山大樹
International Tezuma magician Taiju Fujiyama conjures up a taste old Edo-period magic in London. Stage magic performances have long been a tradition in Japan and Tezuma – the name alluding to lightening quick sleight of hand – has enchanted Japanese audiences with a combination of illusion, dance, storytelling and music for centuries. Get ready to be amazed!http://www.japanesemagic.jp/news.html
RADIO TAISOラジオ体操（NHK みんなの体操）
They’re back! The popular stars of Japan’s legendary national TV exercise programmes, Radio Taiso (literally ‘radio exercises’), return to Japan Matsuri to put you through your paces with some warm-up routines. Come and join in – anyone can have a go, standing up, sitting down – raise your energy levels and get the Square moving!
JAPAN MATSURI Song IBUKI with Naomi Suzuki
Now it’s your turn. Naomi Suzuki gives us the chance to take part and feel the spirit of a Japanese festival. Sing along, dance and also star in the video for IBUKI (Breath), this year’s Japan Matsuri song together with UK-based singer Naomi! www.naomisuzuki.co.uk
Naomi Suzuki BAND
Naomi will perform Rock’n Roll with a band. Also Naomi will sing a Smile song called “smile at me” with children’s smile umbrellas for the peace of the world. Let’s smile together!www.naomisuzuki.co.uk http://www.sweet-naomi.com
Mikoshi Procession with students from Teikyo School 帝京ロンドン学園・神輿
In true Japanese festival tradition, students of the Teikyo Japanese School parade the mikoshi portable shrine topped with the phoenix around the festival site. Listen out for the cries of ‘Washoi! Washoi!’
Green Chorus Japanese Women’s Choir グリーンコーラス女声合唱団
Founded in 1986, London’s very own Japanese women’s choir is well established and takes great pride in performing a variety of genres including world classical music, Japanese songs both traditional and modern.www.nipponclub.co.uk
London Japanese School Choir ロンドン日本人学校合唱団
A hundred junior high school pupils, aged 12 to 15, from the London Japanese School in Acton come together to perform the School Song and Flowers Will Bloom.www.theJapaneseschool.ltd.uk
SOAS Min’yo Group SOAS民謡グループ
The SOAS Min’yo Group comprises Japanese folk song (min’yo) devotees who meet regularly at SOAS, University of London, to practise singing, instruments and some folk dancing. Launched in 2012 by David Hughes, a Japanese music specialist at SOAS, it welcomes members of all nationalities.https://soasminyo.wordpress.com/
Eisa Dance: Children of the London Bunka Yochien エイサー踊り：ロンドン文化幼稚園
Firm favourites at Japan Matsuri, the children, aged 2 to 6 years old, (and mums) of the London Japanese Cultural Nursery School perform the Eisa dance of Okinawa, with miniature drums(!) to the music of Mirukumunari. With only two weeks to practise after the start of the new term they do fantastically well, we think. It doesn’t get any cuter than this – a true JAPAN MATSURI highlight.www.londonbunka.com
Once again, members of the public test their vocal chords and attempt to impress the Japan Matsuri judges with their own versions of Japanese karaoke classics. There are fantastic prizes for the runners-up while the winner receives the marvelous prize of a return ticket to Japan courtesy of All Nippon Airways.
British Suzuki Institute Violin Ensemble 英国スズキ協会
The Suzuki Method of teaching music is one of Japan’s most far-reaching cultural exports. The stage is filled with violins and students as young as 5.www.britishsuzuki.org.uk
Hiroko Tanaka Japanese Dancers 田中弘子日本舞踊
Nihon Buyo, or Japanese Dance, is a dance form refined and developed over four centuries. It contains influences of Kabuki theatre dance, Noh theatre, Japanese folk dance and a mixture of European and American cultural trends found in Japan today. The group is led by Hiroko Tanaka, a Wakayagi-ryu dance teacher who has been dancing nearly 70 years.
London Okinawa Sanshinkai ロンドン沖縄三線会
The London Okinawa Sanshinkai is a multinational group whose members of all ages share a love of the music and dance of the Ryukyu islands (present-day Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures). The sanshin is a plucked three-stringed instrument central to the distinct and infectious musical culture of the people of the Ryukyu islands.https://sites.google.com/site/londonsanshin
Hibiki Ensemble 響アンサンブル
The Hibiki Ensemble was formed in 2003 by three musicians teaching Japanese music at SOAS. The group performs traditional and contemporary Japanese music known as sankyoku – music for three instruments – on koto (13- and 17-stringed long zithers), shamisen (3-stringed lute) and shakuhachi (5-holed, end-blown bamboo flute).
JSD Crew: Street Dance JSD Crewストリートダンス
Back to Japan Matsuri in 2016! The members of JSD Crew all learn street dance from Shala in Japanese. Aged from 7 – 14, they practise every week at a dance school in Acton and have worked hard for their live public performance. Please cheer and dance along with them!
Enka by Jiro Yamauchi 山内二郎
Japanese Enka singer Jiro Yamauchi is a professional singer currently based in Tokyo. Born and raised in Aso City, Kumamoto, Jiro has been a passionate singer of classic Japanese music from a young age.
Reijiro Tsumura 津村禮次郎
Noh theatre actor Reijiro Tsumura fuses the Noh tradition with contemporary dance.
Joji Hirota & The London Taiko Drummers廣田丈自＆ロンドン太鼓
The mighty thunder of huge taiko drums. Intricate and fascinating rhythms and soundscapes take us from traditional rhythms into melodic drummingwww.jojihirota.com
Martial Arts Stage
Okinawan Traditional Goju-ryu Karate-do 沖縄剛柔流空手道
Japanese karate originated in the southern islands of Okinawa and the aim of the association is the transmission of Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do as taught by the founder Miyagi Chojun Bushi (1888–1953). Under the guidance of Master Morio Higaonna 10th Dan, members feel privileged to train in Okinawa and around Europe annually. Sensei George Andrews 8th Dan IOGKF has been training for 45 years and teaches not only in this country but around the world.www.otgka.co.uk
Wakaba Kendo Club 若葉剣道クラブ
Founded in 1993, Wakaba Kendo Club is the largest children’s kendo dojo in London, with about 30 registered students aged between 5 and 18. A team of dedicated, experienced and qualified teachers nurture the ‘new shoots (wakaba) and cultivate the young students’ development. Both adults and children from the club demonstrate today. www.wakabakendo.org
London Aikikai ロンドン合気会
London Aikikai is the main London Aikido dojo with high-ranking instructors, officially recognised by the Akikido World Headquarters and founded in 1968 by T K Chiba 8th Dan. Aikido is a modern martial art rooted in ancient martial and spiritual disciplines. It works by applying holds, locks and throws through the coordination of mind and body. www.londonaikikai.com
Judo with the Budokwai 武道会柔道
The Budokwai is the oldest and most well-known Japanese martial arts club in Europe, established in London in 1918 by Gunji Koizumi. Some of the most distinguished figures in the history of judo have trained or taught at the Budokwai including many Olympic medalists.www.budokwai.co.uk