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Press Office - PR#83–2013, July 10, 2013


Celebrating 40 Years of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation

with Fun and Magic



The Japanese performers, Tsubasa Kitami (center), Enmaru Sanyutei (2nd from right) and
Michiyo Kagami (1st from right) receive certificates of appreciation from De La Salle University



Selected Students of the University of the Philippines strike a pose with the
Japanese performers of the “Fun and Magic: Daikagura, Wazuma and Rakugo”


In celebration of the 40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, a series of performances dubbed as Japanese Fun and Magic: Daikagura, Wazuma and Rakugo were successfully held in Manila and Davao City for the month of June. Led by the trio of Japanese traditional performers, Michiyo Kagami for Daigakura, Tsubasa Kitami for Wazuma and Enmaru Sanyutei for Rakugo, Filipino audience were thrilled, amazed and humored during the show.

Daigakura, commonly known as juggling, is a traditional and spiritual performance which was done to chase away evil spirits and to attract good fortune during the Edo period. Moreover, Wazuma is a Japanese traditional magic embraced by Japan in the 8th century. And Lastly, Rakugo, is a traditional form of comic monologue which reflects traditional concepts and values which remain meaningful and entertaining today.

Two shows were held at Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku in Davao City on June 24 and June 25, 2013.Three performances were also staged in various schools in Manila namely, Manila Japanese School, De La Salle University and the University of the Philippines on June 26, 27 and 28 respectively.

Dressed in Japanese kimono, one by one, the performers took the center stage and showcased their expertise in juggling, magic and comical stint in front of their young and energetic audience. Selected students gamely participated in juggling and performing magic tricks. Despite Rakugo's performance in Japanese version, the viewers were all-ears and were keen to watch the distinct movements of the rakugoka. The show was well applauded and highly appreciated by the Filipino audience.

The Japanese Fun and Magic: Daikagura, Wazuma and Rakugo is one of the various events prepared for the year-long celebration of the four decades of relations between ASEAN and Japan. It aims to further promote ASEAN-Japan relations, cultural exchange between Japan and the Philippines, and Philippines-Japan friendship and cooperation.

This event was presented by the Embassy of Japan in Manila, The Agency for Cultural Affairs-Japan, Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku, Manila Japanese School, De La Salle University, and University of the Philippines.

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