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Be sure to arrive on or before 2 PM to catch the full performance!

Iwami Kagura is one of about 3,000 types of Kagura folk dance which is rooted in Shinto rituals. Originating from Shimane Prefecture of Western Japan, Iwami Kagura is a collection of 33 Japanese mythological tales (or episodes), known for its festive elements and enjoyed by the general public.

Japan Performing Arts (JPA) will perform the “Orochi” episode (or “Serpents”) of Iwami Kagura. The performance will include a brief history and explanation of Iwami Kagura, the costumes and props, and maneuvering techniques used to make the 55-feet Orochi appear life-like. At the end of the performance, audience members will be invited to try on the Orochi costume.

Live music with traditional Japanese instruments will accompany the performance.


JPA is excited to be performing at Governors Island for the first time and at the historic House 403, a brick house constructed in 1904 and famous for the meeting that took place between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Governors Island is a popular seasonal destination, open to the public between May and September, with a 43-acre public park which was completed between 2012 and 2016, offering free arts and culture events, and many recreational activities.

Governors Island has a heavenly atmosphere, a stark contrast from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Take this chance to visit Governors Island and see our show!


Take 1 train to South Ferry, then take a ferry to Governors Island (about 10-minute ferry ride).

10 min from Sough Ferry Station in Manhattan

Scenery from the Ferry Entrance

on Governors Island  

Relaxing green park with a scenery of high-rise buildings in Manhattan

# House 403

We perform at this historic building

Come and touch the “Orochi” costumes  

Govenors Island’s website



How to reach House 403


Governors Island Map

The location JPA’s performance takes place!

House 403

Japan Performing Arts, Inc. presents Orochi

A Iwami Kagura folk tale and dance about Japan’s mythical serpents.

Saturday, September 29, 2018, at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

House 403 on Governors Island, NYC

Free Admission

$3 per person for ferry rides (round trip)

Ferry Schedule

Manhattan - Governors Island

Thank you very much for coming to see our show

at House 403 on Governors Island!

Many people, varying from kids to seniors,

seemed to have enjoyed our performance!!

It was our honor to be able to perform on Governors Island.

We will continue our cultural education activities

for the people in New York.