Cultures are characteristics of countries or regions. Such characteristics can be understood through learning each region’s typical lifestyles, thinking patterns, and general attitudes toward life. There are myriad diverse cultures the world over – each, with its distinct characteristics, demonstrating the uniqueness of each culture’s climate, environment, surrounding circumstances and background history.
People have been inventing things suitable to their environment and nurturing their own unique value systems in their group activities. The visible characteristics of each region can be recognized as the representation of the area’s spiritual values. In turn, by actively learning the cultural value systems of each region, one can gain a deeper understanding of what is visible, as the representation of items of each culture.
It is often said that by comparing your own culture to another, you gain an improved understanding of your culture, and the subject culture, as well. For example, generally Japanese culture is described as a group-
Japanese and Western cultures do not always stand at one extreme or the other; to facilitate cultural education, such comparisons are useful, however. Japan Performing Arts, Inc. aims to explain Japanese culture with visible cultural representation programs and performances, along with background information, using methods of cultural comparison.
We would like to introduce Japan’s cultural wisdom, nurtured by a variety of practical and spiritual needs in the lives of the people of Japan.
Our activities are mainly geared towards: 1) Schools, 2) Local Communities –
We hope to demonstrate historical and cultural contexts in our performances (including some ethno-
Our presentations primarily demonstrate Japanese traditions and values; often including themes of patience, harmony and discipline, which we are convinced, are fundamentally inherent to Japanese culture.
Japan Performing Arts, Inc. aims to accomplish its mission by providing learning opportunities for children and adults, through lectures and performances. Performances can be accompanied by lectures and demonstrations, or JPA can simply host cultural workshops.
Japan Performing Arts, Inc. is a non-
Our activities cater to the needs of local Japanese communities, as well as those of any community seeking to experience the many forms of Japanese traditional arts.