Back to listSep 5, 2010

Folk Instruments Exhibition Held at Min-On Concert Association

From July 18 to September 5, 2010, the Min-On Concert Association in Tokyo, Japan, opened an exhibition showcasing various folk instruments from around the world.

Consisting of approximately 100 instruments and panels describing the origins and characteristics of the instruments, the exhibition aimed to educate children and their parents about world music. A corner was also provided where visitors could handle and try playing the instruments and deepen their appreciation for music from different cultures and ethnicities.

Min-On was founded in 1963 at the initiative of Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International, out of consideration for this crucial role of culture. Registered as an independent and incorporated foundation in 1965, it has since grown to become one of Japan's leading music promoters. By promoting a continuing series of cultural exchanges Min-On aims to create opportunities for the performing arts to build bridges between people and to give tangible form to the desire for world peace.

[Adapted from an article in the July 7, 2010, issue of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Min-On]