Ryukyu-Okinawa Traditional Performing Arts Tour
Ryukyu-Okinawa Traditional Performing Arts Tour of the South
Media Release from the
Embassy of Japan, Wellington, New Zealand
28 October, 2011
In February 2011, a large earthquake hit Christchurch and the surrounding Canterbury area, and in March a major earthquake struck north-eastern Japan. During those difficult times our two countries assisted each other by sending Search and Rescue teams, and many individuals and organisations of both countries initiated fundraising activities to help with the recovery efforts.
“It is indeed a great pleasure for us to have the opportunity to show traditional song and dance from Okinawa in southern Japan as a way to say thank you for all your assistance, and to say “Kia kaha!” to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand.” says the Japanese Ambassador, Hideto Mitamura.
Long ago Okinawa used to be an independent kingdom called
the Ryukyu Kingdom.
During the era of the Ryukyu Kingdom, from the 14th to 19th centuries, Ryukyu’s performing arts became a major cultural asset and played an important role in “Cultural diplomacy” by the Ryukyu Kingdom. The spirit of the arts cultivated during this period still very much alive today in Okinawa’s traditional performing arts.
The performance will be composed of three parts; Traditional Ryukyuan Dances, Shimauta Songs, and Creative Dances.
Dates: November 14th and 15th
Time: Performance from 7pm (doors open 6:30pm)
Place: Ilott Theatre, Wellington Town Hall
Complimentary tickets can be obtained by contacting the Embassy of Japan.