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「消えた蛾 (Lost Moth)」

Have you discovered a Lost Moth? Were you brought here via a website link attached to the back of your Lost Moth?  You have discovered one of many Lost Moths! Your moth is part of a larger art piece, a collaboration between British dance-theatre makers Thick & Tight (Daniel Hay-Gordon and Eleanor Perry) and ceramicist Sheila Hay. 

もしかして、迷子の「消えた蛾 (Lost Moth)」 を見つけましたか?あなたが見つけた「消えた蛾」の裏のリンクからここに辿り着いたのではないでしょうか?あなたが発見したのは多くの「消えた蛾」のうちの一つです!その「消えた蛾」はより大きな芸術作品の一部で、イギリスのダンス・劇作家Thich &Tight(ダニエル ヘイ・ゴードンとエレノア ペリー)と陶芸家シーラ ヘイのコラボレーションションによるものです。


Thick & Tight will showcase preview of new piece inspired by Japanese Noh theatre, commissioned by the Noh Reimagined Festival as part of the London International Mime Festival

more information

Thick & Tight “Unclouded Moon” commissioned by Noh Reimagined

Thick & Tight’s short film Unclouded Moon was part of Britten Pears Art’s Festival of New 2021 and is an early-stage example of a larger project. Commissioned by Noh Reimagined Festival to create a work in response to Japanese Noh and Kyogen, a 650-year-old classical Japanese dance-drama.

Thick & Tight “Unclouded Moon” commissioned by Noh Reimagined

18th &19th May 2021

National Noh Theatre (Tokyo)

Noh Reimagined x Nature Unwrapped 2021  as part of Tokyo Tokyo Festival will take place!

details will be announced soon.

Spring 2021

First time Akiko and azuki foundation will collaborate with Dartington in  spring festival 2021.  The details will come soon.

4th September 2020

Songlines magazine’s  October issue (#161) has featured a good review of Yutaka Oyama’s new album” Obi”.

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9th September 2020

Newly designed website of THE鍵KEY which was UK premiered in August 2019, is now available ( Bilingual)!


30th July 2020

As part of Coronet Inside Out, Japanese comedian, actor, dramaturg, theatre director, and manga artist Kentaro Kobayashi has shared a recording of his hugely popular solo show Mr Potsunen’s Peculiar Slice of Life in 2017 produced and promoted by Mu:Arts.



26 June 2020

Noh Reimagined 2020 which was due to take place on 26th and 27th will return on 18th and 19th June 2021.

Looking forward to seeing you all at Kings Place.



1st December 2019

“Noh and the Natural World ”  Kings Place Magazine Jan-Jun 2020

I wrote a short essay about Nature, and culture of Japan, and Noh. 


11th October 2019 

“French baroque music meets Noh ” 

Working with the Lyon based baroque ensemble Le Concer Hostel Dieuwe had a successful R&D workshop.

The narrative of the project is inspired by the award winning novelist Yoko Ogawa’s “Yasashi Uttae”

Watch video


20th September 2019

“Noh Reimagined 2020:Spirits of Flowers”  26th & 27th June 2020 is revealed. 


15 June 2019

Fantastic review on THE鍵KEY Tokyo Performance by Mercure des Arts


Read here ( only in Japanese)

THE鍵KEY makes its London debut at two festivals in June and August 2019


The Toru Takemitsu Composition Award shortlisted on Classical NEXT 2018 INNOVATION AWARD 

The Toru Takemitsu Composition Award ( Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation ) nominated by Akiko has been shortlisted !!  The Toru Takemitsu Composition Award was established by the Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation, to realise the intension of the Foundation’s first artistic director, the late Toru Takemitsu; in order to inspire younger generations all over the world to contribute to the creation of new musical compositions. The unique selection system helps the creation and showcasing of innovative and original orchestral music.

The winner of the award will be determined by an online vote open to the entire Classical:NEXT community to be announced at Classical NEXT  2018. More information 

Noh Reimagined 2018: Sublime Illusions

Friday 29th and Saturday 30th June 2018, Kings Place, London             

Following the highly successful 2016 edition, Noh Reimagined is returning to Kings Place with an exciting new theme and line-up. The two-day festival explores the art of Noh, the iconic theatrical tradition that originated in fourteenth-century Japan. This edition will shed light on the unique dramaturgy of Mugen (‘phantasmal’) Noh, in which the main actor (shite) appears as a ghost in the dream of a travelling monk performed by the supporting actor (waki). The ghost then tells the tragic story of its past life, expressing deep regret and lamentations, hoping to find peace. Top Noh performers from Japan will work with innovative British artists and neuroscientists in genre-defying collaborations to examine the surreal artistic elements of Noh. Join us to explore time, space and symbolism in Noh theatre through interdisciplinary performances, workshops and talks.

Kings Place website








Kentaro Kobayashi Mr Potsunen’s Peculiar Slice of Life 5-8 July 2018 at Print Room at the Coronet

Following the sell out London  premier of Kentaro Kobayashi show in early 2015, Mu Arts is promoting  the second edition of  Mr Potsunen’s Peculiar Slice of Life again. 5-8 July at Print Room at the Coronet.Please see more detail in the Events page.  We are excited and looking forward to see old and new audiences at the show!

Yukihiro Isso interview and news about Noh Reimagined Festival on WIRE magazine May Issue  – by Clive Bell Yukihiro Isso_page_12


“Noh-Reimagined” Festival 13,14th May 2016 at Kings Place details revealed.  click here

Akiko wrote a column for Sankei Shimbun about “BBC Proms” 4th September.

Sound and Music and Mu:Arts are delighted to announce the two emerging composers who is taking part Portfolio Programme.

More details here



Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra overwhelmed Torino.  31 May 2015



Akiko’s  article about London Cultural Olympiad 2012 on Sankei Shimbun.
Cultural Olympiad – Legacy from London to Tokyo (sankei shimbun article 11, 14  May) 





Call for Portfolio: Noh Theatre Music

As part of the Portfolio programme, Sound and Music, mu:arts and Royal Holloway, University of London offer a fascinating and unique opportunity for two composers to develop skills in writing for the music instruments of the Japanese noh theatre. Call for Portfolio Noh

 Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra  is making a headline at  Torino Jazz Festival this year.   31st  May , 21:00 Piazza San Carlo

shibusa shirazu

shibusa shirazu



Akiko Yanagisawa gave key note speech” Promoting Okinawan Music to the world – new potential in 21 century “at Asia Pacific Meeting, Naha, Okinawa  8th Feb 2015  

Okinawa speech akiko


The UK premier of Kentaro Kobayashi, “Mr Potsunen’s Pecuriar Slice of Life”, enjoyed “sold out” for both days.



AKI&KUNIKO tour in South Asia (Nepal, India, and Bangladesh) 5 December – 12 December as part of Japan Foundation tour.


Teatro Bellinzona  (Italy)


 Etsuro Ono first solo album  “9 Stories” to be released soon.




Kentaro Kobayashi: Mr Potsunen’s Peculiar Slice of Life  (UK Premiere)

 3 & 4 February 2015 Leicester Square Theatre, London

 Tokyo’s King of Quirkiness is Coming to London

Kentaro’s theatrical works have been so popular in Japan that hopeful audience members have to draw lots to win the right to buy a ticket! Kentaro has gained fame from a short film series “The Japanese Tradition ” which has become an internet phenomenon, one of which “ Shazai ” was the official selection for short film competition at Berlin Film Festival in 2007. This will be the first chance for a UK audience to see him perform live on stage!


 “Music from Okinawa” at WOMEX 2014, Santiago de Compostela,  22-26 October




 Hiroaki Takenouchi New Album ” Haydn 4 piano sonata” release 15 September.

Press Release 



 Culturescapes and mu:arts present     AKI&KUNIKO Swiss tour  30 October – 7th November


10/30(Thu) Bird’s Eye Club(Basel)

11/1 (Sat) Im Rathaus um 4 (Thun)

11/4 (Tue) Teatro Sociale (Bellinzona)

11/6 (Thu) Kulturpunkt (Flawil)

11/7 (Fri) ADEM (Geneve)

more details on Culturescapes web page 


Festival Oxygene, 3-5 Oct 2014 @ Café de la Danse, Paris

An exciting new music festival in the most stylish area in Paris! – Hiroaki Takenouchi will perform 2 Haydn sonatas, Nancarrow’s “Two Canons for Ursula” and Prokofiev’s Sonata No.7.

Overview  this year’s festival.


Hiroaki Takenouchi gig on 22nd August, The Husum Castle, Germany

AKI&KUNIKO gig on 29th April in Tokyo

Watch it!

Akiko contributed an article on Arts Council England on Japan Times 17 April 2014.Japan Times 17 April 14 (1)

Announcement! Hiroaki Takenouchi selected the Classical Next 14 official live showcase artist. 

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Japan-Swiss 2014 Project 1

Shunsuke Kimura & Etsuro Ono concerts at Museum Ethnography  6,7th February 2014
Musée d’ethnographie, Rue Saint-Nicolas 4, CH-2000 Neuchâtel


mu:arts will participate in WOMEX 2013, Cardiff. (23-27 October 2013)

Visit us at WOMEX stand 173  Music from Miyakojima, Okinawa


Concert- Reading


 Festival Il de France   15th September    More information

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2nd Edition of Japan Music Fest at Parco della Musica, Rome  22nd, 23rd July 2013 feautring Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra, and Aki&Kuniko, completed with a great success!

Internationally acclaimed piano duo Josef Tong & Waka Hasegawa (Piano 4 Hands) is returning to Wigmore Hall to perform Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring on two pianos to mark the 100th anniversary of the ballet’s première alongside “Three Miniatures” by Dai Fujikura, co-commissioned with the Cheltenham Music Festival.

Mon 22nd June 2013  7:30pm Wigmore Hall

More information here. Flyer: Piano 4 hands concert

Piano 4 Hands

  • Shunsuke Kimura & Etsuro Ono will perform at Festival Mawazine, Rabat, Morocco along with Rihanna, Deep Purple and George Benson. Kimura & Ono perform on Chellah stage, dedicated to the them of Silk Road. 15:30 28th May.
  • Kimura & Ono  WDR Radio interview and live recording 21st May
  • Shunsuke Kimura & Etsuro Ono Germany, Belgium, Holland tour 8th May to 26th May. tour schedule 
  • The Sound of Japan will perform at  World Village Festival, Helsinki.Sun 26. May  13.00–13.40 Mekong Stage
  • Mieko Miyazaki (koto) concert with Orchestra of the Swan 31 May. More info
  • mu: arts is participating in  Classical Next 29 May ~ 1st June in Vienna.
  • Japanese Music Fest 2nd Edition at Parco della Musica, Rome.  22 ,23 July 2013 . Details to be announced soon.

Alnwick Garden, Cherry Blossom Festival  13 April – 27 April 2013

mu:arts co-programmes the 3- week festival celebrating Japanese culture and cherry blossoms with Alnwick Garden.

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Shunsuke Kimura & Etsuro Ono performed at  WOMADelaide 8~11 March  and WOMAD New Zealand 15~17 March 2013

London Bon Dancers is invited to dance at ITV1 Alan Titchmarsh Show

Wed 6th February at 3pm.


Kumiko Shuto (Satsuma Biwa) will perform Toru Takemitsu November Steps with BBC Symphony Orchestra 7:30pm at Barbican Centre, 2nd February info


Fuyuki Enokido BBC Radio Session August 2012