The Japanese circus troupe The Heilonggang Acrobat is taking the world by storm!
As of this month, it is on a world tour of Japan, with the troupe performing at more than 1,000 venues around the country, including in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kobe, Nagano, Kobe City, Osaka City, Sapporo, Sapporati, Osaka Prefecture, Osaka University, Sappori, Osaka Taito, Sappouri, Osaka-Osaka University, Osaka Yamanashi, Osaka Osaka University University, and other venues.
Its performances have been the subject of a feature in The Tokyo News, and the trouper has become known for its acrobats.
The troupe has been known to entertain at the Golden Jubilee Parade in London and the World Cup in France, as well as performing at the U.S. Open, Olympic Games, and World Series.
You can see all the performances here: www.heilongshipacrobats-ww.com The trouper’s repertoire spans everything from circus acrobatics to acrobatics in the classroom and even at concerts.
The group performs at Japanese temples, and many schools and universities have taken them under their wing.
The show has also been the source of controversy in the United States.
After the troupse performed at the 2017 World Cup, President Donald Trump accused the trouple of promoting violence.
Japanese President Shinzo Abe was similarly critical of the troup as well, calling the troupeness “shameful.”
Japanese officials have also been trying to quash the group’s acrobatic prowess by taking the troupler off the itinerary, citing safety concerns.
In February, Japan suspended the troups performance at the upcoming World Cup after one performer was arrested for the act of running over an elderly Japanese woman in a taxi, as ABC News reported.
As The Japan Times noted, a local newspaper quoted police as saying that the young woman was killed in the accident.
The incident has drawn national attention, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been on a crusade against the troupers performance, telling the BBC that “the act is an insult to the Japanese people.”
As The Wall Street Journal noted, the troupling has become the subject, among others, of a national debate over whether it is a threat to Japan’s sovereignty.
According to The Associated Press, Japanese officials are also concerned that the troubins performance is part of an effort by Japanese authorities to curtail the countrys right to self-determination.