Wednesday, July 10, 2013

2013 Peace Bell Ceremony

On July 9, 2013 we enjoyed our annual Peace Bell Ceremony, commemorating the
lives lost during the allied bombing of our sister city, Gifu, Japan, on
August 9, 1945. We offer the annual ceremony to express our hope for peace
and international harmony now and in the future.

The ceremony took place once again at the Peace Bell Center in Newport,
Kentucky. This year, they arranged a special treat for us ... we got to
ring the bell.

Asami Ono, a citizen of Gifu, and a friend helped to ring the bell.

Enjoy the video here:

Monday, June 24, 2013

You're invited to our Peace Day Ceremony

You’re invited to our Peace Day Ceremony

July 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM


The Gifu-Cincinnati Sister City Committee commemorates those who fell in the bombing of Gifu City on July 9, 1945 by reaffirming our commitment to world peace.


We recognize that peace is a difficult process, but the first step is to work together and build strong relationships.


We offer our Peace Ceremony as a sign of hope in the future and as a sign of our support of the efforts of all those working towards world peace.


Gifu Sister City Committee, the City of Cincinnati and the City of Gifu welcome everyone in Greater Cincinnati and surrounding areas to share your support by attending:


Cincinnati - Gifu Peace Day,

July 9, 2013, 4:00 pm

World Peace Bell (425 York St

Newport, KY 41071)


In case of bad weather, we'll announce alternate plans on our blog at

and by email if you're on our mailing list.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Kabuki Onnagata demonstration

Here’s a great chance to experience Japanese culture!


During Shakespeare’s day, female actors were banned from the stage. 

Boys played the female roles.  Just imagine … Juliet was really Joe!


The same was true of the Kabuki stage in Japan at around the same time, but instead of boys, highly skilled male actors called onnagata played female roles, and still do to this day.


Here’s your chance to meet Nakamura Gankyo, an onnagata performer.


Asian Culture Night, Saturday April 6, 2013, 7:00 p.m. 

Special Feature:

Kabuki & Onnagata, The Making of a Woman
A lecture by Dr. Maki Isaka, Univ. of Minnesota


accompanied by 
Kabuki Actor, Nakamura Gankyo

who will transform himself for his female role. 

Apollo Room, Student Union, Wright State University 
Free Admission 

Please spread the word and carpool when you can 
For people who can't make it on April 6, there is also the same lecture by Dr. Isaka
Thursday, April 4, 2013; 12:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Room E 156, Student Union, Wright State University

If any questions, call 937-775-2798