Back to listOct 19, 2007

Min-On Commemorates 35th Anniversary of Sino-Japanese Friendship

Double bicycle balancing acrobatics

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan. To mark the occasion, the Min-On Concert Association is sponsoring a Japan tour by artists from the China National Acrobatic Troupe. Titled "Legends of the Dragon and the Phoenix," the production includes 114 performances in 61 cities throughout Japan. The tour opened on October 19, 2007, at the Nagasaki Brick Hall in Nagasaki.

The performance includes spinning plate, hoop passing and bicycle feats that demonstrate the artists' amazing sense of balance and perfect teamwork as they push the limits of the human body.

The China National Acrobatic Troupe was formed in 1950 under the personal direction of then Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai with the purpose of creating an acrobatic troupe representative of China that would promote Chinese culture and performing arts around the world. Boasting an array of superb performers from throughout the country, the group has won wide acclaim at numerous international competitions throughout the world.

Acrobats perform using Chinese yo-yo sticks

Also touring Japan is C-gal, a nine-member unit of female artists from China performing on traditional Chinese instruments such as the huqin and erhu. Their tour kicked off on October 18 at the Neyagawa Civic Hall in Osaka.The group's name C-gal is derived from "C" for "China" and "gal" for "girls," and C-gal is also taken from "seagull." They were given this name by their sponsors with hopes that the group would freely travel throughout China and Japan, becoming a bridge of Sino-Japanese friendship and culture. Their performances include traditional and contemporary popular songs of China and Japan.

(For more information, visit the Min-On Concert Association website:

[Adapted from an article in the October 20, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]