15 Must-Sees at Super Japan

Super Japan is the Esplanade’s first ever Japanese Festival of Arts. There are over 45 different kinds of performances, talks and workshops. From JPop Princess Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to creative craft workshops, here are our top 15 picks for the event!



The Fashion Monster is back.

Now bigger, brighter and more fabulous than ever, she plans to kick off her five-year anniversary with a loud, colourful world tour starting with Singapore.

As part of her celebrations, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will also be releasing her first best-of album KPP BEST featuring 23 of her most well-known singles from the past five years including Invader Invader, Kira Kira Killer and Fashion Monster and a brand-new song, 5iVE YEARS MONSTER.

Date: 13 May
Price: $88*, $118*
Time: 8pm (Performed in Japanese)
Duration: 1hr 30mins (No intermission)
Location: Esplanade Theatre

 2. mouse on the keys


By combining various musical elements such as jazz, funk, contemporary, classical, post-rock and electronica, mouse on the keys has created an eclectic and expressive musical style that is entirely their own. The talented trio perform mainly using drums and pianos this time they will also be joined by saxophonist Jun Nemoto, trumpeter Daisuke Sasaki and VJ artist Rokapenis.

Date: 20 May
Price: $35*
Time: 7.30pm & 10pm
Duration: 1hr (No intermission)
Location: Esplanade Recital Studio

3. Meguri: Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land
by Sankai Juku


Set against a stage inspired by fossilised Paleozoic sea lilies, Meguri is performed by one of the world’s most-sought after butō companies (舞踏, Japanese dance theatre), Sankai Juku. It dives deeply into the themes of circulation and rotation. Dancers draw the audience into the metaphorical world of dance with a blend of intense and delicate moves.

Date: 20 & 21 May
Price: $28*, $48*, $78*
Time: 8pm
Duration: 1hr (No intermission)
Location: Esplanade Theatre

4. Princess Kaguya
by Silhouette Theater Tsunobue


Retold through the art of shadow puppetry by Japan’s premier shadow puppet troupe, Silhouette Theater Tsunobue, this Japanese folktale tells of a childless couple who find a baby in a bamboo stalk. The couple lovingly raise the girl into a great beauty who is wooed by princes and even the Emperor of Japan. However, little do they know that Princess Kaguya is actually from the moon and her time with them is running out.

Highly recommended for children aged 5-8 years old.

Date: 16 & 17 May
Price: $25*
Time: 11am & 2pm (Mon), 9am, 11am & 4pm (Tue)
Duration: 1hr (No intermission)
Location: Esplanade Recital Studio

5. Himiko
by Suntory Hall 

Be spellbound by the story of Himiko’s birth, life and resurrection unfolds through a marriage of Japanese traditional and western music. A breathtaking performance that fuses kabuki and Japanese classical dance.

Date: 20 May
Price: $38, $58, $88
Time: 7.30pm
Duration: 1hr 45mins (including a 20min intermission)
Location: Esplanade Concert Hall

6. Songs of the Ryukyu Island
by Unaigumi


Unaigumi is a 4-piece ladies folk group that perform heartfelt classical Okinawan folk songs and uplifting shima uta (島歌, new folk songs) using a traditional sanshin (三線, three string) while dressed in authentic Okinawan wear. Their songs often carry anti-war sentiments and other positive social sentiments – usually revolving around hope and peace.

Date: 22 May
Price: $35*
Time: 5pm
Duration: 1hr 30mins (No intermission)
Location: Esplanade Recital Studio

7. Craft Workshop: Character Teru Teru Bozu
by Cynthia Delaney


Teru teru bozu are traditional Japanese dolls that are believed to repel rainy weather. Make your own traditional Japanese rain-preventive charms out of tissue or cloth and dress them up as different characters.

Date: 15 May
Time: 3pm & 5pm
Duration: 1hr 30mins
Location: Theatre Meeting Point

8. Supa-Ongaku: Japanese Anime and Games
by Philharmonic Youth Winds


Lose yourself in a nostalgic afternoon of enchanting music from popular anime and classic Japanese games such as Pokémon, Galaxy 999, Studio Ghibli and more.

Date: 22 May
Time: 3pm
Duration: 1hr (No intermission)
Location: Esplanade Concert Hall

9. Music of Studio Ghibli
by Arpeggione Quartet


Studio Ghibli lovers rejoice! Travel through the wondrous worlds of Ghibli when you join this youthful Singaporean group for an evening of familiar tunes from Studio Ghibli composed by Joe Hisaishi.

Date: 21 May
Time: 7.15pm, 8.15pm & 9.15pm
Duration: 30mins
Location: Esplanade Concourse

10.The Art of the Tea Ceremony
by Chado Urasenke Tankokai Singapore Association


Discover the “Way of Tea” at this cultural and performance art activity. An important part of Japan’s history, Chado places importance on the aesthetics of how tea is prepared and served. Observe the intricate movements and skills of a tea master up close and personal at these tea ceremonies. And yes, tea will be served too!

Date: 21 May
Time: 2pm & 3pm
Duration: 45mins
Location: Concourse

11. Shamisen Session with Hiromitsu Agatsuma


Listen to something “old” transform into something new with Hiromistu Agatsuma and his beloved shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese musical instrument). Renowned for breaking new ground with his fresh approach while converting new fans to his style, Agastuma merges rock, pop, jazz and Japanese traditional music for an evening of head-bopping good times. He will be joined by Takuro Iga on piano.

Date: 21 May

Time: 7.30pm
Duration: 1hr 10mins (No intermission)
Location: Esplanade Recital Studio

12. Blue Note Tokyo All-Star Jazz Orchestra – Celebrating Yamaha Music Asia’s 50th Anniversary


Dive into a soulful evening with an electrifying big band jazz featuring an assembly of the finest jazz musicians in Japan. For their first ever show in Singapore, the 18-member strong ensemble will be performing with guest vocalists, Singapore’s very own Nathan Hartono and Asako Toki from Japan.

Price: $48, $68, $88
Date: 15 May

Time: 7.30pm
Duration: 1hr 30mins (No intermission)
Location: Esplanade Concert Hall 

13. KODO & HIBIKIYA: Opening Taiko Concert


Start your Super Japan experience with to the thundering rhythm of Japan’s most celebrated taiko group, KODO, and Singapore’s very own HIBIKIYA. Get hyped up with the high energy performances accompanying the booming beats are the sounds of other traditional Japanese instruments such as the shinobue (Japanese flute) and shamisen (Japanese string instrument).

Date: 13 May
Time: 7.15pm
Duration: 2hr 30mins (Performed in two parts, with a 15min intermission)
Location: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

14. Music with Scenery 
by haruka nakamura PIANO ENSEMBLE & Aspidistrafly


Watch the best of Singapore and Tokyo’s artists collide musically for a night of surreal experiences. Kitchen.Label haruka nakamura, one of Japan’s bestselling independent artists of his generation is know for this classical and contemporary jazz mixes. He will be joined by Aspidistrafly who are known for their airy, dreamy vocal harmonies and folk-like, guitar-based melodies.

Price: $35
Date: 18 & 19 May

Time: 7.30pm
Duration: 2hr 10mins (No intermission)
Location: Esplanade Recital Studio

15. Super Japan Matsuri by WAttention


A night of exciting games and delicious food await you at the at this authentic outdoor Japanese summer festival. Play traditional games such as katanuki (die-cut candy), shateki (shooting game) and the ever-popular Yo-yo Tsuri. Plus, dig into mouthwatering takoyaki, okonomiyaki (Japanese grilled-pancake) and more!

Date: 20-22 May
Time: 5pm
Location: The Lawn @ Esplanade 

Super Japan is happening at the Esplanade from 13 – 22 May 2016. For more information about the event, concession prices and Esplanade&Me specials visit their website.

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