Japanese traditional performances

Japanese Traditional Performances:

Sado’ during registration and reception, 16:00-19:30, Sunday, April 3, 3F Hall, Osaka City Public Hall: ‘Sado’ (Japanese tea ceremony) is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. The manner in which it is performed, or the art of its performance, is called Otemae. The members of Osaka University Japanese Tea Ceremony Club prepare and serve Japanese traditional green tea and confections.


Koto’ during reception, 18:00 and 19:30, Sunday, April 3, 3F Hall, Osaka City Public Hall: ‘Koto’ is a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument which has 13 strings and about 180 cm (71 in) length, and made from ‘Kiri’ wood (Paulownia tomentosa). Professional ‘Koto’ player, Kayoko Yokoyama performs two famous ‘Koto’ pieces: “Midare (Chaos)” and TBA.


Nagauta-Shamisen-Mai’ at the end of poster session around 19:30, Monday, April 4, 3F Hall, Osaka City Public Hall: Japanese traditional song, Japanese three-strings musical instrument, and Japanese dance are performed by professional players, Maya To-on Matsuura (song & Shamisen), Midori Kineya (Shamisen), Tokiko Takahashi (song), Kohki Fujima (dance), Chikanosho Hanayagi (dance), Chikanosho Hanayagi (dance), and Mitsuki Fujima (dance). Program: “Tomo-Yakko” and “Musume-Dojyoji”.


Mai’ at the end of poster session around 20:00, Tuesday, April 5, 3F Hall, Osaka City Public Hall: Japanese traditional dance is performed by professional players, Wakamiyoshi Yamamura and Wakamishiro Yamamura and their five group members. Program: “Four seasons in Osaka”, “Four seasons in Kyoto”, and “Urashima”. 


Kado’: April 3 ~ 8, registration desk, rooms A-E, Wifi room, and Drink Corner B1F
‘Kado’ is a traditional Japanese flower arrangement. It was found in Heian era, 8th century, originated from Buddhism, and probably established in Edo era.

Japanese people pray Buddha with decorating flowers for Buddha statues.

‘Kado’ is also called ‘Ikebana’. ‘Ike’ and ‘bana’ mean ‘living’ and ‘flower’ in Japanese, respectively. In the ‘Ikebana sprit’, harmony with nature is the most important.

Ikebana artworks by collaboration between Kikuho Kanaoka (flower artist) and Hiroyuki Tanaka (Bizen-yaki potter)

『Pretty ~Like a pretty young girl standing in colonies of flowers~』,
Drink Corner, B1F
『Brilliant spring ~Joy of greeting the spring in my mind~』
Room D, B1F
『Spring in full bloom ~Welcome to country of joy~』
the registration desk, 1F
『Virgin landscape of Japan ~Tanada (terraced paddy field) and cherry trees~』
Room A, 1F
『Beautifully colored spring ~In vivid season ~』
Room E, 2F
『Appearance of flower, water, and container ~Beauty of space ~』
Room B, 3F
『Bamboo forest ~The forest of green bamboo with fresh breezes~』
Room C, 3F
『Neat ~Like a noble little princess looking toward her future~』
Wifi room, 3F

Wagashi’: April 3, 4, 5, and 7, 15:00~ (up to 100 pieces), welcome reception 3F, Drink Corner B1F

‘Wagashi’ is Japanese traditional sweets. In ancient times, we had fruit, berries, and nuts for sweets. Then ‘Mochi’ (rice cake) and ‘Dango’ (dumpling) were made in 8th century. However, rice was so precious that those sweets were offered for the god. After some new recipes were imported from China in Nara era (8th century), variety of Japanese sweets were developed. Custom of drinking tea was imported simultaneously and remarkably developed with Japanese sweets.


Kimono’: during welcome reception (April 3), performances after poster session (April 4-5), and banquet (April 7).

‘Kimono’ is Japanese traditional clothing. The development of skill in weaving and dyeing have influenced the style of ‘Kimono’. ‘Kimono’ is made by silk and always used in important festival or formal moments, it is the representative of polite and a very formal clothing.

Today, ‘Kimono’ is most often worn by women on special occasions. There are many kinds of ‘Kimono’ depending on the age and the situations. Unmarried women wear ‘Furisode’ with almost floor-length sleeves, while women do ‘Homongi’ for special visit or ceremony. Men wear ‘Kimono’ most often at weddings, tea ceremonies, and other very special or very formal occasions.


Tea and coffee with ‘Bizen-Yaki’: April 4, 16:00~17:00, Drink Corner B1F

‘Bizen-Yaki’ is one of the most famous potteries in Japan. We serve tea and coffee with ‘Bizen-Yaki’ cups in Drink Corner. You may have a great time with the best taste.

Hiroyuki Tanaka: He was born in Okayama and grown up in Shiga. Okayama is the famous for ‘Bizen Pottery’, while Shiga is for ‘Shigaraki Pottery’. Both are famous potteries in Japan. After he trained at ‘Shigaraki Pottery’ for ten years, he moved to Okayama. He learned at Okayama prefectural ‘Bizen Pottery’ Center for two years. Now, he is producing the pottery works in ‘Bizen Pottery’.


‘Sado’ School: April 4, 15:00~16:00, (up to 10 people), drink service room B1F

‘Sado’, Japanese tea ceremony, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation of Macha, powdered green tea. Let us learn how to prepare tea with the special tools and enjoy the tea.

Master, Kikuko Kanaoka: She is one of the most sophisticated ‘Sado’ master of Japanese tea ceremony. She has learned ‘Sado’ in ‘Ura-Senke’ School which was established in 17th century. After training for more than 20 years, she obtained a license of high level professor from the School. Her performances attract many people by the elegant manner.


‘Ikebana’ School: April 5, 15:00~16:00, (up to 5 people), Drink Corner B1F

 ‘Ikebana’ is the traditional Japanese flower arrangement. Let us learn how to arrange flowers with harmony of nature. Your artworks will be exhibited at the Drink Corner B1F.

Master, Kikuho Kanaoka: She is one of the most graceful and sophisticated flower artists based on Japanese flower arrangement, Ikebana. She has learned traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement in ‘Saga-Goryu’ School which was established by the 52nd Emperor Saga in 9th century. After training for more than 20 years, she obtained a license of high level professor from the School. Her works with full of art, beauty, and creativity are loved by many people.


Sake Tasting School: April 5, 17:30~18:30, Drink Corner, B1F

Let us learn Japanese traditional alcohol culture and taste Japanese Sake (rice wine).



Fukumusume (Daughters of Happiness)’ during Banquet, 18:30 and 19:30, Thursday, April 7, Taiko-en: “Fukumusume” is daughters of Happiness or fortune girls from Imamiya-ebisu Shrine in Osaka. Imamiya-ebisu is famous for its three-day festival, called Toka Ebisu, held in January 9-11 every year in honor of Ebisu, the patron saint of Osaka’s merchants. Visitors to the festival purchase special bamboo stock, and Fukumusume are believed to bring happiness to the visitors.


Osaka-jime clapping’ during Banquet, 19:00 and 19:30, Thursday, April 7, Taiko-en: Hand clapping is Japanese traditional culture at the end of celebrations. Generally, what we call, “Ippon-jime (one clapping)” and “Sanbon-jime (three clapping) are popular way of ceremonial clapping. However, Osaka has its own clapping rhythm called “Osaka-jime.” The “Osaka-jime” rhythm clapping, developed as an important habit of Osaka merchants, is a familiar sound, especially at the stock exchange and economic organization meetings.


Kagami-Biraki’ during Banquet, 19:00 and 19:30, Thursday, April 7, Taiko-en: “Kagami-Biraki” is a Japanese traditional ceremony which literally translates to "Opening the Mirror" (from an abstinence) or, also, "Breaking of the Mochi." It refers to the opening of a Kagami mochi, or to the opening of a cask of Sake at a party or ceremony.


Takatsuki-Taiko’ during Banquet, 20:00 and 20:30, Thursday, April 7, Taiko-en: Taiko” is Japanese percussion instrument, called “Wadaiko”, Japanese drums. Kumi-daiko performance, characterized by an ensemble playing on different drums, consists of many components in technical rhythm, form, stick grip, clothing, and the particular instrumentation. Ensembles typically use different types of barrel-shaped nagadō-daiko as well as smaller shime-daiko. Let us enjoy “Taiko” performance by Takatsuki Drum team.

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