Japan Week set to start Sunday at the Athens Concert Hall

If you have been dreaming of traveling to Japan but haven’t got round to it yet, this is your chance to get to know different aspects of the country’s culture. Starting on Sunday and running to November 28, Japan Week at the Athens Concert Hall will feature a wide variety of events and shows, enabling local audiences to get acquainted with Japanese music, architecture, puppet theater and much more. Events will start on Sunday with a lecture by the internationally distinguished, award-winning architect Kengo Kuma, founder of the Tokyo-based firm Kengo Kuma & Associates, as well as a concert by the Tokyo Ensemble and soprano Althea-Maria Papoulias, who will perform works by Japanese composers under the baton of the ensemble’s founder Joji Hattori. «Organic Architecture,» an exhibition about Kuma’s work, will also go on display the same day and will run to the end of the week. The rest of the week promises a wide range of activities. The Dumb Type performing arts company will stage its atmospheric performance «Voyage,» which combines movement with technology and the visual arts, on November 25 and 26, while the Shinnai Joruri & Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo company will stage traditional puppet theater on November 27. The three-dimensional virtual reality spectacle «Edo Castle – Honmaru Palace and the Keep» will re-create the magic of the ancient Edo castle from November 23 to 28. The program further includes more concerts, lectures about performing arts and music, a sake-tasting session, an Ikebana presentation and much more. Some of the events are free, with priority coupons, but be warned: Performances by Dumb Type and the Shinnai Joruri & Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo company are almost sold out. The event is held in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan and the Greek-Japanese Chamber of Commerce. Athens Concert Hall, 1 Kokkali & Vas. Sofias, tel 210.728.2333

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