Japan’s folk ensemble to perform for celebrating Japan-U.S. cherry blossom ccentennial, April 09, 10

Cherry Blossom Abeya

Abeya’s performance

Sponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles and the Japan Foundation, Abeya, a musical sensation in Japan, will perform two stages in Los Angeles for celebrating the Japan-U.S. cherry blossom centennial.


April 09 (Monday) 7:00 pm

Zipper Hall, The Colburn School, 200 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Free admission. RSVP required at www.jflalc.org


April 10 (Tuesday) 8:00 pm

Free admission workshop

The Orchestra Room, 1343 Schoenberg Hall, UCLA

No RSVP. Refreshments will be provided.


In 1912, the City of Tokyo gave Washington, D.C. the gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees to be planted around the Tidal Basin. The trees have since flourished and now transform the appearance of the nation’s capital each spring, standing as permanent reminders of the friendship between the two counties.

To commemorate this important event, Abeya, Japan’s top Tsugaru-shamisen performance ensemble, is traveling to 5 cities after Los Angeles.

Abeya will play sets from a wide-ranging repertoire that includes traditional music from several different Japanese regions, their own unique materials, and jam session where they can express the creativity of the moment.

Abeya are masters of the Tsugaru-shamisen, a 3-stringed instrument, that produces deep, emotionally moving sound with a percussive quality of Japanese folk songs.


After Los Angeles

April 12 in Portland

April 13 in Seattle

April 15 in San Francisco

April 17 in Denver

April 19 in Honolulu

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