Activities 2018

The Beauty of Japanese Tradition Feb 27, 2018

On March 3, 2018, a Girls Day.  The day of our first stage with costumes and wigs prepared in Hong Kong, which was our wishful desire. I sincerely express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who agreed with the significance of this performance and supported us. Together with Natori of the seventh who will be the first stage this time, we will show you the fullest stage. Also from Japan, we will deliver a spectacular “Japanese traditional beauty” with an appearance of the fourth generation Mr. Wakayanagi Juen, Ms. Yukiko Wakayagi, Mr Enyu Wakayagi with instruments by Mr. Mochizuki Tamenari.

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New Year Special Japanese Traditional Dance Performance ~ The Beauty of Japanese Tradition ~ Mar 3, 2018

“New Year Special Japanese Dance Performance – The Beauty of Japanese Tradition -” closed the curtains with great success thanks to everyone. I am deeply grateful for this as the gifts from everyone’s devotion. This show, which was planned to commemorate the 10 times of Konokai performances, reproduced the Japanese stage as much as possible and held the true Japanese dance world in Hong Kong. Approximately 800 visitors attended the event on the day, thank you very much for seeing it until late at night. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the supporters, sponsors, and everyone in the various areas who have supported. I hope that more and more Hong Kong people will love Japanese dancing, I won’t forget the feelings and will walk forward with my disciples together. We look forward to your continued incense meeting in the future.

新春特別日本舞踊公演~日本伝統の美~ 新春特別日本舞踊公演~日本伝統の美~  新春特別日本舞踊公演~日本伝統の美~  新春特別日本舞踊公演~日本伝統の美~


Japanese Traditional Dance Teacher in HK Mar 31, 2018

居港日本舞踊老師 – 若柳智香 / 日本在香港

【#LikeJapan旅遊 x】居港日本舞踊老師 – 若柳智香 / 日本在香港若柳智香是香港唯一一位日本舞踊老師,居港28年,成立了「香之會」,至今己學授超過50位學生,今年更有7位學生成為「名取」(指經考試後,取得一定資格的舞者)。現在若柳智香想提升學生的能力,希望學生能跳出真正日本傳統之美。訪問詳情 #Likejapan_Owen==========【胃食島根】和牛大餐+紅酒試飲放題 島根葡萄酒莊遊玩!【LikeJapan 全新本地日式餐廳優惠】

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Like Japan introduced Japanese dance to Hong Kong people. I would like to thank you for having a wonderful opportunity.
In the midst of a busy performance, thank you so much, Kobayashi Costume store, Mr. Kashiwara Masao, Katsura Kou, and Wakayanagi Juen, who cooperated with us for shooting, Thank you very much.


<Sunlight REITxJTB> Jun 17, 2018

I appeared in the summer dance festival. Two newcomers who made a performance debut this time were able to finish dancing without incident, thank you for the support of my seniors. It seems that children enjoyed Japanese culture beyond nationality.

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Book Fair <Sakura Ondo> Jul 25, 2018

Book Fair on July 22 was a very busy day. Two events on a day.  I got a request from JNTO’s <Japan · Tohoku Yurutabi> booth for the Tohoku dance. 2 sets of dances: Yamagata prefecture’s <Hanagasa Ongaku> and Akita Prefecture “Sakura Ondo” incorporating the image of Akita Ondo of.

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Book Fair -Jul 25, 2018

This year we invited you to Big Event, Book Fair in Hong Kong again on July 22. Especially this year we had a lot of visitors. I am pleased that more and more people will be interested. Mr. Maruko of <Hong Kong Trade Development Bureau> and other staff, thank you for the opportunity this year again. In this way, people who can not meet usually can get to know a wide range of Japanese dance, and disciples can also have experience of the stage. I appreciate your very valuable opportunity.

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Japanese dance academy talk -Aug 20, 2018

We held the Japanese dance academy talk at PMQ on Aug 18th (Sat). Approximately 50 people came to our room and it was packed. I am pleased to be able to let them know even a little Japanese dance with my talk (not the best) and my workshop.I would like to thank everyone who came to the end.



Foreign Minister’s Commendation Sep 12, 2018

Dear everyone who always support me
I am pleased to report.

I received “Foreign Minister’s awards for Heisei 30th” at the Japanese club on September 12th. From Ambassador Mr. Kunihisa Matsuda, Consulate General of Japan in Hong Kong, I am pleased to have a wonderful word. The reason we were able to walk so far is nothing else but we have a lot of wonderful friends. I deeply appreciate your warm heartedness.
We will make this honor to encourage myself and I will continue to fulfill my mission entirely and completely.

The New Spring Special Performance which you evaluated this time was the stage of culmination of tears and emotions that I made together with my pupils. I would be happy if you could peek at it. 0c
We will continue to make further efforts aiming for the next event. I wish for your continuing support for us.

香之會是若柳智香老師1999年在香港成立的唯一傳統日本舞踊團體,目前有五十余會員(當中三分之二為香港學生)。若柳智香積極推動日本舞教育及普及,每年舉辦年度表演會,參與各大專院校的推廣活動,並在2014& 2018年度邀請若柳流四世家元若柳壽延大師來港公演。日本舞若柳流香之會2016年首次有7位成員(4位香港會員)獲得若柳流名取專業頭銜,2018年3月於香港舉行公演將日本舞踊的真正舞台藝術包括衣裝、頭飾、化妝等展現予香港觀眾。此獎項表彰若柳智香老師在日中文化交流中作出卓越貢獻。 恭喜若柳智香老師!


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PMQ En Nichi – Oct 1, 2018

Children’s dance also appeared on this PMQ festival day. The backstage was a big chaos. A child full of happy smiles, a child full of tension, a child crying out with regret not being able to participate in lessons, but by the time, they overcame their feelings, so they made such a wonderful presentation. Each child felt a lot of things through the stage, I think that they learned and experienced. Go for it, kids!
Ms. Wakayagi Kochiharu, thank you for helping kids being dressed. Thank you for your hard work!


Japan Autumn Culture Fest – Oct 2, 2018

Three consecutive holidays in Hong Kong which made me busy everyday. The last day of all, October 1, National Day, we were in <Japan Autumn League Festival>. We introduced <Yosakoi Festival> and <Yosakoi Naruko Dance> which were born in Kochi prefecture. Starting with <YOSAKOI Soran>, we are not only stopping within Japan but now it’s spreading to all over the world and is familiar. I was getting tired with a long waiting time, but Kumamon blew it away the tiredness.


The fourth grand master, Juen Wakayagi held the 30th memorial stage of the third grand master, the late Judo Wakayagi – Oct 27&28, 2018

On October 27 and 28, at the Osaka National Bunraku Theater, The fourth grand master, Juen Wakayagi held the 30th memorial stage of the third grand master, the late Judo Wakayagi was held. The accumulation of thirty years’ history of the family who passed down tradition. By seeing the story of the commentator Mr. Seiji Kasai and Ms. Yukiko ‘s various thoughts and the feeling for this performance filled me full of mind. Here is a happy thing.  The teacher in Tokyo called out that it’s hard to keep on dancing abroad, do your best.  On that day, 20 other disciples from Hong Kong flew in. Friends came all the way from Kanto, Kansai, Kinki, Kyushu and afar. Thank you for your support.

The fourth grand master, Juen Wakayagi held the 30th memorial stage of the third grand master, the late Judo Wakayagi The fourth grand master, Juen Wakayagi held the 30th memorial stage of the third grand master, the late Judo Wakayagi  


Japanese traditional culture (Wadaiko + Shamisen + Japanese dance) workshop – Nov 15, 2018

At Sha Tin Methodist College (Shata Todo Municipal Junior High School) we had a Japanese traditional culture (Wadaiko + Shamisen + Japanese dance) workshop sponsored by Consulate General of Japan in Hong Kong. I would like to express my gratitude to the principal’s teachers, consular officials and stakeholders who offered a place to experience Nihonbuyo.


Japan Autumn Festival in Hong Kong – Dec 13, 2018

We made a guest appearance on the stage of the Seisei Shamisen and Shota Seisei team from Shanghai. In Hong Kong, you can only dance with CD music, but live music is the best. I followed the hot invitation of dancer Mizuno, and improvised contemporary dance + Nihon-buyo collaboration to the song of Naruyo. At the end, I was deeply moved by holding hands with Mr. Mizuno. It was a great honor for Ambassador Matsuda, who will be leaving Hong Kong soon, to see it again.