Japanese culture in Slovakia

THE JAPANESE embassy in Bratislava is currently holding the Japan Festival to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Slovakia. From September through November, a handful of Japanese cultural events will take place in Bratislava, Banská Bystrica, and Prešov.
Bratislava will host a Shamisen Concert on September 16 at 18:00 at Moyzes Hall on Vajanské nábrežie 12.


IKEBANA creations on display.
photo: Courtesy of Study Group Graz

THE JAPANESE embassy in Bratislava is currently holding the Japan Festival to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Slovakia. From September through November, a handful of Japanese cultural events will take place in Bratislava, Banská Bystrica, and Prešov.

Bratislava will host a Shamisen Concert on September 16 at 18:00 at Moyzes Hall on Vajanské nábrežie 12. Michihiro and Michiyoshi Sato will play the traditional musical instrument, the shamisen, while Sachiko Kaiho will perform another traditional Japanese instrument, the koto, and Masaki Yoshimi will accompany them on percussion.

The October 21 concert starting at 19:00, at the same Bratislava venue, will feature soprano Nao Higano accompanied by pianist Tomoko Asahina and Slovak violoncellist Ján Slávik. The performance will also take place in Banská Bystrica's State Science Library on Lazovná, October 13 at 17:00.

A Japanese choir from Toho University will perform at the Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava, October 17, at 19:00.

Traditional Japanese culture, in a broader sense, will be presented September 27 at Bratislava's West Theatre at SNP Square. The Mirror Hall of the Primate's Palace will host the festival's closing concert on November 3 at 19:00, performed by the Bratislava Chamber Orchestra, and soloists Asuka Nomura on piano and Yuko Miyanaka on flute, under the baton of Kazuhiko Ishii.

There is a photo exhibition mapping the world's cultural and natural heritage in Japan opened in Prešov, which will move to the Banská Bystrica's state library (where it will run from September 24 to October 20), and then to the Japanese embassy in Bratislava's Main Square (November 4 to 28).

A Bonsai and Suiseki exhibtion will be held at the Japanese embassy from September 8 to 17. Display of ikebana creations will run at the embassy from September 29 to October 3.

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