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What with changeovers with players, net providers, etc etc the blog had been somewhat forgotten. However, I will try to keep it updated it from now on. However, as we have a new ‘official’ site in the making, along with all the core info, I’ll be posting some info on my own personal min’yo journey.

It has been a busy year for our group, with performances in Denmark at the Copenhagen Sakura Festival,  the Japan Matsuri, a gig at Rich Mix to celebrate Tanabata, and most recently a gig in Manchester among others.

We’ve seen our group grow in size amazingly, and we have quite a few new younger members too, which is fantastic. Although they’re very good….I really should start practicing more!

I’ll be posting dates later this week for our upcoming rehearsals, and you can always email us or tweet us.

If you fancy dancing over playing/singing, check out:




See what we’ve been up to!

Japan Matsuri 2015: Nambu Ushioi Uta, Akita Ondo, Kokiriko

Japan Matsuri 2015: Hokkai Bon Uta, Akita Funakata Bushi

Japan Matsuri 2015: Akita Funakata, part of Nambu Ushio

Japan Matsuri 2015: Kokiriko

Additionally, one of our members has done an arrangement of Kokiriko!

Kokiriko – E.Jarnes

September News

We have a number of upcoming performances – please do come along!
• 19 Sept 2015, Japan Matsuri, Trafalgar Square, London, 1.15-1.30pm
• 5 Oct 2015, Lincoln Japan Festival, evening: a few members provide music for the Japanese folk-tale play “Yama – Tales of Shonai”
• 7 Nov 2015: Manchester Doki Doki Festival, afternoon
• 27/28/29 Nov 2015 (one of these dates): Hyper Japan Christmas Market, Tobacco Dock, London

Please also come along to our open day on 3 Oct 2015! Absolute beginners and more experienced performers are most welcome. Additionally, no knowledge of Japanese is needed!

Here are our upcoming rehearsal dates:

Saturdays 11am-3pm at SOAS in the main building.
• 12 Sept 2015 (mostly practicing for the Japan Matsuri)
• 10 Oct 2015 (more newbies please!)
• 24 Oct 2015 (focus on practice for Manchester Doki Doki Festival)
• 31 Oct 2015 (more Doki Doki practice)
• 14 Nov 2015 (begin practice for Hyper Japan)
• 21 Nov 2015 (more practice for Hyper Japan)
• 12 Dec 2015 [Room 116 (above foyer)] = Last of 2015! Followed by PARTY!

Rehearsal dates and more


May: 23rd and 30th

June: 6th and 27th

July: 18th

August: 8th

October: 3rd and 17th

Upcoming events:

July: 12th Hyper Japan

Possible 12th, 19th, 26th and August 2nd supporting Yama Shonai at The Kings Head Theatre Pub

17th:  Japanese Embassy, International Wine Challenge

October: 16th Japanese Embassy

November: 7th Doki Doki Manchester Festival

Other possible events:

September 19th/26th  Japan Matsuri

November: 27th-29th Hyper Japan Christmas Market

March 2016: Sheffield Japan Day

Taster Session

For anyone unable to have made a first visit to the SOAS Min’yo group on other dates, or for those who were feeling a bit shy, we have declared October 17th from 11:00-15:00 an open day!

If you’ve been waiting to come along or if you’re new to SOAS, or have only just discovered min’yo, this day will let you try it all out. It will be organised as a teaching and demo session.

Come along!

あけましておめでとうございます! Happy New Year!

The SOAS Min’yo group had a fantastic 2014 and are looking forward to a busy and productive 2015.
Latest Rehearsal Dates:
● 17 Jan (G52)
● 7 Feb (G52)
● 21 Mar (G52)
● 11 Apr (Russell Room)
● 18 Apr (G52)
*Possibility for extra meetup, 21, 28 Feb or 7 Mar.
All rehearsals take place in the main SOAS building from 11:00-15:00.
If you would like to contact us you can leave a message here or contact us at: