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AGES OF ENCHANTMENT: JAP Caltural Repertoires 2017

JPA Cultural Repertoires 2017 is the second performing arts production counting from the one in 2015. The show consists of three categories: 1) Kimono Show, 2) Japanese Traditional Dance, 3) Japanese Folk Performing Arts (3 regions), and videos projected on the back screen prior to the actual performances. We invite the master puppeteers of Ningyo-jorui/Bunraku (one of the items in the UNESCO Intangible Heritage) as the highlight in 2017.

DATE: Saturday, October 28, 2017

TIME: 6:30 pm (door opens at 6pm)

LOCATION: Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at 95th St.) New York, NY 10025

Adult – $40 general admission (day of show), $30 (advance sale)
Student (high school & college) – $25 (day of show), $18 (advance sale) *Student ID required, box office purchase only
Child/Senior – $25 (day of show), $18 (advance sale)
Group – $25

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About Bunraku for JPA Cultural Repretoires

JPA  will have “Cultural Repertoires 2017” show, the second production counting from the first one in 2015. The show will be bigger with more varieties of Japanese performing arts.   

This time, we are inviting professional Bunraku puppeteers from Osaka. This is the first time in about 25 years since the last time Bunraku puppeteers came to perform in NYC. Bunraku is listed as one of UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003).   

The three puppeteers will give us a lecture on their puppet maneuvering techniques passed down and developed over four hundred years. They will show you how they work together and various movement techniques including how they sustain a 10 kg puppet for an hour. There will be a briefing on Bunraku’s history and background knowledge as well.

The techniques are unbelievably delicate and require a life-long training. They are performers as well as craftsmen. They are considered as high-ranking masters usually only after reaching around the age of 65 years old.

The show consists of three parts: Kimono Show, Nihon Buyo and regional performing arts, which include Bunraku as well as other regions’ traditional performances.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity of seeing live Bunraku movements first hand. Please come to see our show at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th street.

Looking forward to seeing you at the theater!

Part 1

Komono Show

Kimono Models

Aoi Sato, Wakaba Nakamura, Ting Yu Hsu, Qing Hua, Ziye Li, Yi Meng, Chinatsu Sugimoto, Kayo Kobayashi, Eri Cuticone, Pablo Ito

Yukata Dancers

Sayaka Wada, Ayaka Yoshimoto, Ayaka Taniguchi, Yuka Notsuka, Aya Ikeda, Takashi Hosoi

Dressing Wedding Kimono

Emi Kikuchi, Saori Morris (Assistant)

Dressing Kimono

Emi Kikuchi, Saori Morris, Yukari MIzuuchi

Hair Designers

Toshitsugu Kubota, Saori Morris, Yukari Mizuuchi, Yukie Namori, Tomomi Iwata, Mika Saijo

Kimono & Hair Coordinator

Yukari Mizuuchi

Part 2



Ayaka Taniguchi

Duet (Modern Nichibu & Modern Ballet)

Motoko Tadano, Chrisy Kakurai

Haru no Umi (Nihon Buyo)

Noriko Kawazu, Midori Anami, Hitomi Ozaki

Shishi (Nihon Buyo)

Takashi Hosoi, Ryo Shiba

Hakama Dance (Original dance number)

Takashi Hosoi, Ryo Shiba, Pablo Ito, Sho Miya, Tsubasa Nishioka


Motoko Tadano, Midori Anami, Hitomi Ozaki, Akiko Matsumoto

Part 3

Folk Performing Arts in Japan

Nishimonai Bon-odori

Nozomi Ariake, Noriko Kwazawu, Sayaka Wada, Hitomi Ozaki, Akiko Matsumoto, Ayaka Yoshimoto

Iwami Kagura (Orochi/Serpents)

Susuno – Masatsugu Sakai, Princess – Chrisy Kakukrai, White Serpents – Takashi Hosoi, Red Serpents – Sho Miya, Green Serpents – Aoi Kadonishi

Music Players:
Big Drum – Riley Sumala, Small Drum – Patrick Cole, Flute & Cymbal – Yuki Dellipoli & Miki Kosugi, Cymbal – Yuki Takeuchi

Bunraku (Puppets)

Kanichi Yoshida, Montomi Kiritake, Tamahiko Yoshida


Script/Director/Choreographer (Part 2)

Yuko Hamada


Natsumi Sophia Bellali
Haruka Kosugi

Assistant Director

Tomoko Takedani Sater

Stage Manager

Mariko Takizawa


Seika Takeuchi

Lighting Designer & Operator

Brian Aldous