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Thursday, April 26, 2018, 11:00 - 12:00

"Japonismes 2018"

Nakamura Shido, Kabuki Actor,

Nakamura Shichinosuke, Kabuki Actor,

Hiroyasu Ando, President, the Japan Foundation &

Jay Sakomoto, President & CEO, Shochiku Co., Ltd.

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English & Japanese with English interpretation.

*Initial ticket allocation will be limited to 2 per member and may be subject to further change.


"Japonismes 2018", an ambitious large-scale cultural undertaking to showcase Japan’s heritage and soft power abroad, will start in Paris and surrounding areas in July to celebrate the 160th anniversary of Japan-France diplomatic relations.

During the rare cultural expo through February next year, Japan will hold various exhibitions and events, including art from the Jomon period to trace the origin of Japanese culture, anime and performing arts such as Kabuki, Noh and Kyogen. Visitors can also enjoy health-conscious Japanese cuisine and appreciate traditional festivals, Zen, martial arts, tea and ikebana ceremonies.

The two countries agreed to hold such a rare cultural exchange during a summit meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and then President Francois Hollande in 2016. The upcoming cultural expo also comes as Japan is gearing up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Two popular kabuki actors – Nakamura Shido and Nakamura Shichinosuke – will come to the club, along with Shochiku President and CEO Jay Sakamoto and Japan Foundation President Hiroyasu Ando, to explain their planned performance and the importance of centuries-old cultural tradition and global cultural exchanges in modern society.


Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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