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Sufi songs from Pakistan, carnival music from Haiti, spirit dances from Tohoku: it's the kind of globe-straddling melange the capital hasn't been seen here since the demise of the annual Tokyo Summer Festival in 2009. Boasting a moniker that would make UNESCO proud, the inaugural Tokyo Festival of Intangible Culture aims to provide a meeting place for folk traditions from Japan and overseas. In the foreign corner, they've got Haitian party band Raram No Limit, Pakistani singer Sanam Marvi and a delegation of shamans and folk musicians from the South Korean island of Jindo. The Japanese contingent, meanwhile, includes Janga Nenbutsu-odori dancers and musicians from Fukushima and Ibaraki Prefectures, whose performances act as a prayer for the spirits of the dead.
Sufi Songs from Pakistan, performed by Sanam Marvi
Bunkamura Orchard Hall
Prayer: Sacred and Ancient Songs of Miyako Island
Kioi Small Hall
Festivals of Death and Celebration on Jindo Island in South Korea
Placating the Spirits of the Dead: Jangara Nenbutsu-odori
Yurakucho Asahi Hall
Hayasu: Performances by Hayashi Ensembles
Feast of Dance
Narrative Genres of Vocal Music
Kioi Small Hall