Hana-akari Orchestra to Have Performances in New York City


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New Yorkers can experience Japanese Ozashiki culture, or geisha entertainment, at the Nippon Club, ZIPANGU, and Hunter College.

Hana-akari Orchestra

Wednesday, October 18 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Nippon Club 2nd Floor, Rose Room – 145 W. 57th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)

Admission: $250/$200 Nippon Club members (Tax and service fee included)

Experience Japanese Ozashiki culture with Geisha – Geiko and Maiko, apprentice Geisha – from Nara, Japan, at The Nippon Club. They will entertain you with their arts, such as music, dance, conversations, and Ozashiki games while you enjoy Japanese kaiseki cuisine and sake.

Artists: Kikuno, Katsuo, Chiyoro, Yachiyoro (Geiko), Kikukano (Maiko), Kae Takahashi (Shamisen), Terawaki Soni (Shino-bue)

For more information and to RSVP, please send an email to the attention of Mita or Uchikawa to info@nipponclub.org or call 212.581.2223.


Hana-akari Orchestra Reception

Thursday, October 19 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

ZIPANGU – 1410 Broadway (between 38th and 39th Streets), Suite 2618

Admission: $50-$300

This is a unique opportunity to meet four Geiko, one Maiko, and a Narimono/Shinobue musician from Nara, Ehime, and Kochi Prefectures. There will be beautiful short performances, special food from Tsuruya in Nara prefecture, and more.

For a breakdown of ticket pricing and to make reservations, please visit Dentou Japan’s website.


Special Lecture at Hunter College

Friday, October 20 from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)

The Ida K. Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College – 695 Park Avenue (Enter at 68st Street and Lexington Avenue), 424 Hunter North

Admission: Free

The Hunter College Japanese Program in collaboration with the Theater and Dance Departments bring a special evening of Geisha entertainment to the public. Geiko and Maiko from all over Japan founded the Hana-akari Orchestra to introduce Ozashiki culture as well as train and develop successors. At this lecture, seven artists from Nara, Ehime, and Kochi Prefectures will introduce perform Japanese dance, music, instruments, Hanamachi stories and more.

Reservation is required; please email sk3936@hunter.cuny.edu.