Delegation From Tono, Japan To Perform At Bessie Smith Cultural Center

Friday, November 2, 2018
A delegation from Chattanooga’s ‘Sister City’ Tono, Japan will visit the city and do a public performance of the traditional Kagura dance on Monday, Nov. 12. 

The Kagura dance was originally born out of a shrine ritual nearly 500 years ago in a small village at the foot of the Hayachine Mountains, but today it is performed as an art. The performances express the world of “Kojiki” and “Nihon Shoki,” of Japanese mythology, and most characters represent deities in Japanese mythology, officials said. 

The City of Chattanooga and Tono have had an ongoing relationship for nearly 30 years with student exchange programs at Chattanooga School for Liberal Arts and Chattanooga School of Arts and Sciences.
The cities recently celebrated their one year anniversary as official Sister Cities on Sept. 15. 

While the Tono delegation is in Chattanooga they will do various performances of the Kagura at the Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga School for Liberal Arts, Chattanooga School of Arts and Sciences and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

The public performance on Nov. 12 will be at the Bessie Smith Cultural Arts Center at 6:30 p.m.

For more information and to RSVP, email miko@chattanooga.gov.

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