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[Delve into Japanese Culture at I-House]
Invitation to the Enchanting World of Kabuki


  • *This event has finished.
  • Lecturer: Aoyagi Yumiko (Associate Professor, Tokyo Seitoku University)
  • Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015, 1:30-3:00 pm
  • Venue: Kabayama-Matsumoto Room, International House of Japan
    (the venue is changed from Lecture hall)
  • Language: English (without Japanese interpretation)
  • Admission: 2,000 yen (1,500 yen for students and advance payment;
    Free for guests staying at I-House on January 23 or 24)
  • Seating: 80 (reservations required)
I-House and KISAKO Intercultural Institute launched a new program on Japanese culture in 2014. In this series, we introduce aspects of Japanese culture which can lead to new awareness both for non-Japanese and Japanese. The second of the series will invite Ms. Aoyagi Yumiko, who has been presenting the wondrous spectacle of Kabuki to students from all over the world for more than twenty years. Ms. Aoyagi will introduce the enchanting world of Kabuki.
*KISAKO Intercultural Institute is planning to hold an optional Kabuki viewing tour to Kabuki-za in March, 2015 for session 2 participants. Details will be announced by Prof. Aoyagi at the lecture on January 24, 2015. (The method of the announcement has been changed from Mid-December at http://www.kisakoevents.com/session-2/ to January 24, 2014 at the lecture).

Aoyagi Yumiko (Associate Professor, Tokyo Seitoku University)

Photo: Aoyagi YumikoAoyagi Yumiko has been presenting the wondrous spectacle of Kabuki to students from all over the world for more than twenty years. She has taken foreign students groups approximately 100 times to theaters including Kabuki-za, the venerable Ginza theater, and conducts workshops on Kabuki movements, traditional musical instruments and costumes. A native of Nagano Prefecture, Professor Aoyagi graduated from Meiji Gakuin University, studied at Hope College for a year, and then earned a Master of Arts degree in English literature at the University of California, Berkeley. After returning to Japan she worked for several years as a freelance translator, primarily in the movie industry, then joined the faculty of Meiji Gakuin University, first as a junior assistant and then as a part-time lecturer. Since 1992 she has been Associate Professor of English at Tokyo Seitoku University, and during that time she has also given annual lectures on Kabuki to Hope College students, as well as teaching Kabuki for the past ten years for the International Student Program at Meiji Gakuin.