Kodo Artistic Director Tamasaburo Bando Made Commander of the French Order of Arts and Letters

Tamasaburo Bando was decorated with the highest honor of France's Order of Arts and Letters, Commander, for his contributions to performing arts and culture to date.

At the award ceremony, Mr. Bando was praised as a Kabuki onnagata (female-role actor), for collaborations with wonderful artists worldwide, and for his performances at Paris' Théâtre du Châtelet in February this year. In 1991, he received the Chevalier medal from the same order, and this time he was awarded the highest rank for his further achievements in the subsequent years. We offer Mr. Bando our sincere congratulations.