Opening Ceremony to Celebrate the Japan Year in Spain 2013

In 1613 Date Masamune, a warlord of the Sengoku period, decided to send a delegation to Europe (Spain and Rome). Its primary objective was to establish commercial relations with Nueva España and to ask for the dispatch of missionaries to Japan. The mission, which had left Sendai in October 1613, arrived in Spain in October 1614.

In order to commemorate the 400th anniversary of this historic event, a great number of cultural events are to be held in Spain from 2013 to 2014. On June 11th, 2013, a special recital will be held at the Teatro Real of Madrid as an opening ceremony to celebrate the Japan Year in Spain under the artistic direction of the pianist Mine Kawakami. Shoji Kojima will participate as a guest artist along with the flamenco singer Miguel Poveda.

Date 11th of June, 2013 19:00 (runs about 75 minutes)
Theater Teatro Real (Madrid)
Artistic Direction Mine Kawakami (piano)
Colaboration Madrid Symphony Orchestra
Guest Artists Shoji Kojima (dance)
Miguel Poveda (song)
Guitar Chicuelo
Flavio Rodrigues
Song David Lagos
El Londro
Juan José Fernández "El Chaleco"
Solo Musicians Javier Paxariño (Japanese flute), Amir-John Hadad (Spanish guitar and buzuki), Diego Galaz (violin), Jorge Tejerina (ethnic percussions)
Direction Chema Rodríguez-Calderón
Organization Japanese Embassy in Spain
Production Zona G Proyectos Artísticos
Colaboration Madrid Symphony Orchestra
Teatro Real
The Ministry of Education of Spain
Contact Estudio Kojima, Co.,Ltd.
Tel. 03-3498-0923 Fax. 03-3498-5442