Links to Japan Program Highlights

Here are the highlights of our program for Links to Japan: our upcoming trip to Japan taking place from October 28 to November 5 2017.

Please contact Links Hall Director Roell Schmidt, rschmidt (at) linkshall.org for more information.

Tokyo

  • Hotel

    In Tokyo we will be staying in the Centurion Hotel Grand Akasaka

  • Tsukiji Market

    We will visit Tsukiji Market for one of its famous tuna fish auctions. Tsukiji Market is best known as one of the world’s largest fish markets, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day.

  • Morishita Studio at Saison Foundation

    Our visit to this studio will be led by Ms. Atsuko Hisano, a program officer in the Foundation.

    The Saison Foundation is a grant-making foundation that supports projects and activities related to contemporary Japanese theater and dance. In order to increase the visibility of contemporary Japanese performing arts (theater, dance, and performance art) on a worldwide level, The Saison Foundation awards grants and priority use of its rehearsal/workshop and residence facilities at Morishita Studio in Tokyo.

    The Saison Foundation produces “Saison Artist in Residence” to stimulate two-way international cultural exchanges with artists and arts organizations from other countries.

  • Festival/Tokyo 2017

    We will attend shows in one of Japan’s leading performing arts events. The festival includes international co-productions, events for the general public to get involved, showcases of emerging artists, and site-specific performances of different types: theatre, dance and more.

  • Dinner at Nagatacho Kurosawa

    This restaurant, created by Nagatacho Kurosawa, a member of the artistic staff of Akira Kurosawa, a famous Japanese film director, celebrates the director’s work. The exterior and interior of the restaurant are based on Kurosawa’s film Yojimbo. The menu features buckwheat soba noodles and shabu-shabu which were favorite meals of Kurosawa, as well as recipes that were used by his daughter for family meals.

Kobe

  • Okonomiyaki Lunch

    In our day trip to Kobe, we will try Osaka Soul Food: Okonomiyaki. This is a savory dish that is often considered as a pancake or an omelette can contain a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “how you like” or “what you like”, and yaki meaning “grill”

  • Dance Box Studio Visit

    Dance Box is Links’ partner in the NPN US/Japan Connection project and we will pay them a visit while in Kobe.

  • Dinner with Dance Box Artists

    Together with the artists from Dance Box we will visit a nearby Izakaya for a dinner and sake.

Kyoto

  • Hotel

    In Kyoto we will stay in Hotel Gran Ms Kyoto.

  • Kyoto Experiment Festival - CLUTCH Premiere in Japan

    We will attend Darrell Jones’ Japan premiere of CLUTCH and other shows from the Kyoto Experiment Festival.

    Jones’ work CLUTCH responds meaningfully to the need to build interpersonal empathetic bridges. In this liminal space, he engages a powerful question about the ontological reality of oppression. Can we transcend oppressive structures through movement? And can we help one another to find restorative moments of liberation?

    Launched in 2010, Kyoto Experiment: Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival is an annual autumn event presenting the work of Kyoto-based, Japanese and overseas theater and dance artists at venues around Kyoto City.

  • Dinner at Ryoriya Stephan Pantel

    We will enjoy dinner in this Michelin 1 star restaurant offering a fusion between Japanese and French cuisine.

  • Free Time

    In our free time in Kyoto we will have the opportunity to visit some of the many temples, museums, and other sites of interest.

Links to Japan can accommodate 10 participants.

The fee to participate is $5,600 and includes:

R/T Nonstop Flights Chicago/Japan;

Hotel accommodation;

Train/bus to/from airport and between Tokyo, Kobe and Kyoto;

Special meals in Tokyo (2), Kobe (2) and Kyoto (2);

Tickets to performances.

It also includes a tax-deductible donation to Links Hall to help support the Chicago premieres of Darrell Jones’ and Kaori Seki’s works at Links in April 2018.