China's Tianjin Song and Dance Theater Tours Japan; Min-On Founder Appointed Honorary Director
The Tianjin Song and Dance Theater, a leading musical dance troupe in China, is now touring Japan, at the invitation of Min-On Concert Association (Min-On). Founded in 1953, the Tianjin Song and Dance Theater has contributed to develop China's performing arts and deepen friendships with people across the world through Cultural Activitiess. In addition to regular appearances in China, the group has performed in some 40 countries, to date. More than 500 artists belong to the theatre, which consists of a ballet troupe, a song and dance ensemble, and groups specializing in chamber music and in folk music. In terms of its size and the level of performance, this is truly one of China's premier performing arts companies. During the Japan tour, the theater is scheduled to give 54 performances in 37 cities through the end of November.
On September 30, representatives of the Tianjin Song and Dance Theater, led by the group leader Gao Jiulin, visited the Min-On Culture Center in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. On the occasion, the Tianjin Song and Dance Theater appointed Min-On founder Daisaku Ikeda an honorary director, for his contributions to develop Sino-Japan friendship through cultural and art exchanges. SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda received a certificate, on behalf of his father, from Mr. Gao.