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The Japan Foundation's Activities (May-July)
+ Puppet Theater Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo
European performance tour by the Nishikawa Koryu-za Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo Puppet Theater.
May 24, 27 Stockholm, Goeteborg, Sweden
May 30 Copenhagen, Denmark
June 2, 4-5 Porto, Lisbon, Portugal
June 10 Frankfurt, Germany
+ AKI&KUNIKO with Sachio Suginuma
The koto and guitar duo "Aki & Kuniko" and the shakuhachi flutist Sachio Suginuma performed at the Caribbean region's largest music festival, CUBADISCO 2005. In Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic They performed as part of a Japan-Central America friendship program. A performance was also held in Tokyo on July 5, commemorating the tour.
May 23, 25, 26 Havana, Cuba
May 31, June 1 San Jose, Costa Rica
June 4, 5 St. Domingo, Santiago, Dominican R.
+ Taiko drum groupe HINOKIYA
European performance tour by the wadaiko drum group "Hinokiya" from Hokkaido.
June 21, 23 Lyon, Aix-en-Provence, France
June 27, 29 Sparta, Nayplion, Greece
+ Korea-Japan Friendship in Dance (June 25-July 14: Seoul, South Korea)
  A festival is held to give a comprehensive introduction of Japanese butoh and contemporary dance. A schedule of collaborative works by Japanese and Korean choreographers and dancers, butoh workshops, exhibits and seminars are also planned. The 12 participant groups will include Dairakudakan, Akira Kasai, Ko Murofushi and Kota Yamazaki.