Kewpie cosponsors the JCA Mothers’ Chorus Festival (organized by the Japan Choral Association [JCA] and the Asahi Shimbun Company) and the Okinawa Mothers’ Chorus Festival (organized by the Okinawa Mothers’ Chorus Association and the Ryukyu Shimpo Co., Ltd.). These festivals give mothers who are usually busy with chores and work the opportunity to enjoy singing in choirs. We support mothers who ensure the health and happiness of their families.
JCA Mothers’ Chorus Festival
Each year around 20,000 singers from some 900 choirs take part in regional festivals around Japan. About 60 choirs are selected to attend a national festival held in a major city, where they showcase the results of their regular practice. This provides an unparalleled performance forum for mothers’ chorus enthusiasts.
History of the Mothers’ Chorus Festival
This event dates back to 1978, when JCA and the Asahi Shimbun organized the 1st Mothers’ Chorus Festival based on the belief of Mr. Kan Ishii, who was JCA President at the time, that mothers needed knowledge of the arts to create healthy households.
Around 10,000 singers from 232 choirs took part in qualifying rounds for the first festival, and 25 choirs performed to great acclaim at the national festival held in Toranomon Hall in Tokyo. The number of choirs participating has since grown steadily, to the point where some 20,000 singers from about 900 choirs now take part in regional festivals held between March and July each year.
Okinawa Mothers’ Chorus Festival
The origins of the Okinawa Mothers’ Chorus Festival date back to an event held in 1979 to promote “the joy of singing.” Initially it was a small gathering where singers stepped down from the stage after performing to sit in the audience and listen to the next choir. As time went by, the concept spread throughout Okinawa and grew into a splendid cultural activity that brings together lovers of choral music. Its popularity has been boosted by the rising standards of the choirs performing and the inclusion of many Okinawan songs.
History of the Okinawa Mothers’ Chorus Festival
Thinking that if there was a mothers’ volleyball league it was only proper to have a mothers’ chorus festival, the late Mr. Asataro Nakasato, who was the first president of the Okinawa Mothers’ Chorus Association, joined with former advisor Mr. Yokichi Hatoma, former president Ms. Yuki Niijima, and Ms. Tamiko Shibata, a resident of Hyogo Prefecture, to take the lead in organizing a social recital by five choirs in the Naha central community center on February 14, 1979, and this formed the basis of today’s Okinawa Mothers’ Chorus Festival. The following year they invited then-JCA President Mr. Kan Ishii to attend the 1st Okinawa Mothers’ Chorus Festival, held in Ryukyu Shimpo Hall on March 1, 1980, which was a significant first step towards establishing an ongoing event. Since then, the scope of participation has spread from Naha throughout Okinawa, and the association now holds regular choral lessons and conductors’ courses to give something back to participating choirs, and is working to build a more cohesive organization and polish performance techniques.
All-Japan Elementary and Junior-High School Student Dance Competition
Kewpie also co-sponsors the All-Japan Elementary and Junior-High School Student Dance Competition (organized by the Asahi Shimbun Company).
Dance has been introduced into elementary and junior-high school curriculums and club activities. Educators anticipate that as well as building basic physical capabilities, this will bring significant educational benefits by fostering a sense of rhythm, self-expression, imagination, and communication skills. As children learn to dance, Kewpie supports their healthy growth through food, which is a source of vitality.
About All-Japan Elementary and Junior-High School Student Dance Competition
This competition was launched in summer 2013 with the intention of giving elementary and junior high school students a forum to showcase rhythmic dance performances rehearsed with their friends in school lessons and club activities. Through dance, the organizers hope to foster healthy bodies, rich expressive abilities, and the spirt of teamwork.