Welcome to the Home of the JTPAO

We hope to bring you news regarding our work to promote and preserve traditional Japanese performing arts in the United States. We invite you to visit us often so as not to miss anything. Your comments and suggestions are welcomed, and we look forward to having you as a regular viewer.

Kichisaburo Memorial Concert
at Aratani/ Japan America Theater, Los Angeles
on June 8, 2003.
Special guest performer, Japan’s National Living Treasure, percussionist
Grand Master Katada Kisaku.

Lion-danceRen Jishi ( Lion dance ) Katada Kisaku in center

JTPAO SPECIAL- The much anticipated and long awaited tribute concert to the late Master
Kineya Kichisaburo, featuring the most popular Kabuki dance repertoire “Ren Jishi,” Lion dance
(shown above) was held on June 8, 2003 in front of an appreciative audience. For a complete collection of the photos from the performance, please visit our archive page.

Late James A. Gatlin Black & White Photography
The late Mr.James Gatlin was a very special person to this organization.
He was a board member and launched this website November 2003. Please visit the daybooks section, to learn more about our relationship and his beautiful work. His daybook entry ended on January 11th the day of his passing. His last work was on
Katada Kai 20th Anniversary Concert performed on January 6, 2003. He left many photos from the rehearsal in his website. Thank you Jim.

Katada-Kai of USA

To learn more about the JTPAO, please e-mail us at mikko@jtpao.org

Our programs enjoy the generous support of the California Arts Council, Los Angeles County Arts Commission and
Alliance for California Traditional Arts.