Experience traditional Japanese Culture!
Minato City, Tokyo
Amazing Japanese traditional instrument ‘koto’!
See, listen and play Japanese koto!
【第1部】 14:00-15:00 レクチャーコンサート
３、「萌春」箏：野口敏翠 尺八：ブルース ヒューバナー
【第2部】 15:00-16:00 ワークショップ（箏＜おこと＞に触れてみよう）
Koto evokes typical traditional Japanese atmospheres, and a koto player produces enchanting
music by plucking the strings of the long, narrow box-like instrument. This event provides you with an opportunity to experience traditional Japanese culture through a koto and shakuhachi duet in collaboration with a contemporary dance performer accompanied by interpretation with detailed explanation.
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Open: 13:30/Start: 14:00
Takanawa Civic Center Hall in Takanawa Community Plaza
1-16-25 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest station: Tokyo Metro Namboku Line/Toei Mita Line, Shirokane-takanawa Station, Exit-1
＊No parking is available. Please come by public transport.
Applications open on 15:00, Wednesday, December 4 and close on Friday, February 7.
Please call Minato-ku administration at 03-5472-3710 (9:00-17:00)
Temporary childcare is available for the first 10 applicants only for children aged four months or over.
Reservations are required along with an application no later than Friday, January 31.
Part I: 14:00-15:00 Lecture with concert: Let’s enjoy koto with eyes and ears!
Speaker: Ms. Kazuko TANIGAITO
Interpreter: Mr. Shu MASUYAMA
Titles: ‘Hoshun,’ koto and shakuhachi duet
‘Seoto,’ koto and jushichigen duet
‘Rokudan,’ koto and contemporary dance
Part II: 15:00-16:00 Workshop: Let’s experience koto!
Mayumi ONO, koto
Mayumi studied under Kiyoko MIYAGI, National Treasure in 1983 and graduated from in 1974. She won the Miyagi-kai competition when she was a student at the Department of Traditional Japanese Music, Tokyo University of the Arts. Graduating from the university in 1979, she established ‘Miono-Kai,’ a sokyoku association. Miono-kai has held concerts annually since 1980 and will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2020. In addition to performances in Japan, Mayumi has held many concerts in Russia, China, US, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, and Slovenia.
President of ‘Miono-kai,’ Representative Director of Tokyo Minato Japanese Music and Dance Association, Chairman of ‘Itoza,’ a Japanese traditional music and dance association, member of the Association of Oita Sankyoku, member of the ‘Mori-no-kai’ http://shamisen.info/
Toshisui NOGUCHI, koto
Toshisui became an accredited master of ‘Kenso-kai’ at the age of fifteen and adopted a ‘gago,’ pseudonym. She graduated from the Department of Traditional Japanese Music, Tokyo University of the Arts in 1983, and changed her ‘gago’ in 1986 as a direct disciple of Chikatoshi YONEKAWA, the second head of ‘Kenso-kai.’ Since 2001, she has studied under Toshiko YONEKAWA, Person of Cultural Merit and National Treasure. Toshisui has held an annual recital as a President of ‘Reiyo-kai,’ a sokyoku association established in 2004. Her ‘gago’ was changed to the current ‘Toshisui’ given by the second Toshiko Yonekawa in 2013.
President of ‘Reiyo-kai,’ member of ‘Nihon Sankyoku Kyokai,’ Executive Director of ‘Ken-so kai’, member of ‘Ikutaryu Kyokai,’ member of ‘Mori-no-kai,’ Managing Director of Tokyo Minato Japanese Music and Dance Association, Vice President of ‘Itoza,’ a Japanese traditional music and dance association, Principal of Tokyo Katsushika Koto School for parents and children.
Bruce Huebner, shakuhachi
Bruce from Santa Monica, CA, started study of western flute from the age of 10 and saxophone from 15. He came to Japan to study Kinko school shakuhachi in 1983. He became the first non-Japanese to graduate from the Graduate School of Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music in classical Japanese music performance (Hogaku) where he studied under Goro YAMAGUCHI, National Treasure. His songs have been broadcast on TV and radio and he has performed in TV programs, ‘Begin Japanology’ (NHK BS), ‘Oto Butai – Yakushiji Temple in Nara’ (TBS), and ‘Burari Tochu Gesha no Tabi’ (NTV). In addition to performing throughout Japan and in many other countries, Bruce has held over 80 concerts in the Tohoku region since March 11, 2011.
Nina Hyvärinen, dancer
Nina started her career at the Finnish National Ballet from the age of 19 and shifted to contemporary dance in 1997. Nina is pursuing her own artistic expression influenced by dance and music in many countries along with her valuable experiences in India, Guinea and Taiwan. She currently lives in Japan and studies shimai, a form of nohgaku, and is active as a freelance performer and choreographer.