Intercultural Communication Center (ICC)Waseda University


ICC Turkish Culture Night – Enjoy the delights of the country that bridges East and West – (Nov. 25)


Turkey was founded in the year 552 and has a long proud history from the Seljuk Dynasty to the Ottoman Empire with abundant splendor that has endured throughout the years which has seen the country prosper as a “crossroads between Eastern and Western civilizations”.

Situated on the Anatolian Peninsula in Europe, Turkey is the birthplace of major civilizations and it has developed numerous languages, culture and art. It holds World Heritage Sites such as Hagia Sophia, Cappadocia, Troy and Catalhoyuk, as well as many other sightseeing spots that are treasure troves of historical and natural beauty.

Turkish people are originally nomads from Central Asia and possess a unique language and culture different from those of neighboring countries.

Also, Japan and Turkey have shared a great friendship for many years, stemming from, amongst other things, the response to the tragic accidental shipwreck of the Ottoman frigate Ertugrul in 1890.

Now at the ICC, we present an event to introduce you to the exotic ethnic charms of Turkey.

We will have presentations by the Yunus Emre Institute and a Turkish exchange student here at Waseda introducing the history and culture of Turkey. There will also be a Turkish mini-language lesson and then a special performance of traditional Turkish music by Ken Matsuo. In the café mixing time you will also be able to try on traditional clothing and taste some Turkish tea. You’ll really be able to experience Turkish culture in this varied program!

This is an evening where you can feel close to the fascinating country of Turkey.

Don’t miss out on this great experience!

  1. Presentation by Turkish Student
  2. Presentation by Yunus Emre Enstitusu
  3. Short language lesson of Turkish by Yunus Emre Enstitusu
  4. Traditional Turkish Music Performance by Ken Matsuo
  5. Cafe style exchange time (Where you can try on traditional clothing too!)
Date & Time

Nov. 25th, 2019 (Mon) 6:15pm-7:45pm (Doors open: 6:00pm)


Okuma Garden House (1F, Bldg. 25)


Waseda students, Staff & General Public


English and Japanese




Not Required


150 people

Guest Profile

Ken Matsuo

Performer of the Oud, Goblet Drum (Darbuka), Baglama (Saz), Singer, Songwriter, Arranger.
Chairman of the oriental music ensemble “Alladeen”.

Began playing the guitar at 14. After graduating from Yamaguchi University’s Faculty of Education Fine Arts Course, he moved to Tokyo. At the music college Mesar Haus he studied jazz guitar under Hiroshi Inoue and music arrangement under Masahiko Satoh. Afterwards, he devoted himself to the world of traditional music. Began performing the Oud, Goblet Drum (Darbuka) and Baglama (Saz).

In 2005 he travelled to Egypt to learn the Oud and Arabic music theory from Mohammed Alladeen and the Goblet Drum (Darbuka) from Khamis Hankish. After returning to Japan he studied under one of the foremost players of the Oud in the country Yuji Tsunemi.

He joined the recording of TV drama music and various CDs. He has played many times in the official events of Embassies and companies of Arab countries.

In March 2016 he was invited to Saudi Arabia and played a concert at the Japanese embassy in Riyadh.

In November 2019 he released the 2nd album of his own compositions called “Phoenix” with the “Alladeen” ensemble, which highlights the transcendent beauty of the 7 course Oud. Now on sale throughout Japan and via Bandcamp.


Yunus Emre Enstitusu (Tokyo)


Tel: 03-5286-3990  E-mail: [email protected]

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Okuma Garden House (Building 25, 1F)


Thu, 07 Nov 2019

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