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Min-On Sponsors Japan Tour of Jordanian Folklore Group

081117minon_jordan.jpg The National Folklore Group of Jordan

On November 17, 2008, the National Folklore Group of Jordan began its Japan tour at a culture center in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, at the invitation of the Min-On Concert Association. The tour commemorats Min-On's 45th anniversary. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is the 100th country with which Min-On has engaged in cultural exchanges.

Established in 1966 by the Jordanian Ministry of Culture, the National Folklore Group of Jordan is the only state-owned art troop in Jordan. During the Japan tour, they are performing a new original piece titled "Bride," in a wedding ceremony motif. The combination of folkloric music and traditional dance staged by the artists from a kingdom with a long history and rich Arabian cultural heritage fascinated the Japanese audiences. On December 4, the group performed in Nakano, Tokyo, where Princess Raiyah bint Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan attended together with Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado of Japan and foreign ambassadors in Japan. The group will travel to 24 cities throughout Japan during November and December 2008.

[Min(shu)-On(gaku), which literally means "people's music," was founded by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in 1963 with the objective of fostering peace through cultural and artistic exchange. One of the concert association's core objectives is to make top-tier performing artists from around the world readily accessible to a range of audiences. Min-On's performances have spanned a wide spectrum, from folkloric groups to contemporary jazz and pop, to large scale productions such as the Milan Teatro alla Scala and the Royal Opera. The Hamburg Ballet will commence its fourth Min-On-sponsored tour of Japan in 2009.]

minon_scala.jpg The Teatro alla Scala, a world renowned opera house in Milan, Italy, makes Japan debut (1981)
minon_asia_africa.jpg Above: The Seoul Performing Arts Company of South Korea (2006), Bottom: "A Musical Voyage Across Africa: The World of Malagasy Dance & Music" from Madagascar" (2007)
minon_latin_america.jpg Ballet Folklorico Nacional de Colombia (1988)
minon_russia.jpg Ukraine National Dance Ensemble (2000)

[Adapted from articles in the November 17 and December 5, 2008 issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]