- Date & Time:
- 15:00-16:00 Sunday July 1, 2018
- Main Hall, Kyoto International Conference Center
Shite (main actor): Shizuka Mikata (white lion)
Tsure (companion to shite): Michiharu Wakebayashi (red lion)
Jiutai (chorus): Masakuni Furuhashi, Kazutaka Kawamura, Kosuke Oe, Chisato Juge, Chikara Urata
Fue (flute): Yasuhiro Sako
Kozutsumi (small drum): Ichiro Kichisaka
Ozutsumi (large drum): Masaru Kawamura
Taiko (percussion): Mitsunori Maekawa
Shakkyo (Stone Bridge)
Shakkyo is one of the most gorgeous and dynamic Noh plays, performed as shugen (celebratory Noh). Lions, which are incarnations of Monju Bosatsu (Manjusri Bodhisattva), the Buddhist deity of spiritual wisdom, appear on a stone bridge that lies over a bottomless valley at Mt. Seiryo, and dance powerfully among peony flowers to celebrate longevity. Shakkyo is a famous bridge that connects this world with the Buddhist Pure Land.
Shakkyo, which was known only to selected people in the past, requires advanced skills and special techniques for both the shitekata (main actor) and the hayashikata (instrumental performers). Furthermore, its lion dance has profoundly and significantly influenced kabuki and various other performing arts of Japan.
Song 1. Tabidachi (Departure)
Song 2. Utagoe wa doko ni ikuno (Where do singing voices go?)
Fourth- to sixth-grade pupils of Kyoto Seibo Gakuin Elementary School
Established in 1974, the chorus club of Kyoto Seibo Gakuin Elementary School celebrates its 43rd anniversary this year. The club consists of 34 pupils, ranging from the fourth grade to the six grade, all of whom love singing. To practice, the members meet before classes start in the morning, after school has finished, and on Saturdays. The experience of interacting with members of different ages, and helping and giving advice to each other enables the members to improve their singing skills and also promotes personal growth. The motto of the chorus club is “Making everyone happy by songs!” Mindful of this motto, the club members are striving to achieve their main goal of bringing happiness to people through their songs, while remaining thankful for the support given by many people to allow them to enjoy singing.
The chorus club has entered various chorus contests. For example, they entered the NHK National School Music Contest representing the Kinki region three times, and won the Bronze Prize in 2014. They have won the regional contest of the MBS Music Contest for Children almost every year, and in a national contest have once received the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Encouragement Prize.
While club activities are of secondary importance for them after studying, all members work hard to better harmonize their voices, pay close attention to the words of each song, and ensure their songs will touch the hearts of audiences.
- Date & Time:
- 19:00-20:30 Sunday July 1, 2018
- Sakura & Swan, Kyoto International Conference Center
Heian Gagakukai Association
Heian Gagakukai Association is the oldest court music ensemble in Kyoto. It was established in 1916 upon the reorganization of Onshi Zaidan Heian Gikai, which was founded by order of Emperor Meiji.
The ensemble performs on many occasions: at the Aoi Festival and the Iwashimizu Festival, two of the three major chokusai festivals (festivals held by imperial order); at Kyoto Imperial Palace during its public opening period; at festivals and Buddhist memorial services conducted by renowned temples, including Enryaku-ji, Sanzen-in, Kiyomizu-dera, and Chion-in; and at civic halls.
They are also active internationally. For example, they went on a one-month tour performing in four European countries, and have held concerts in New York and Boston in the U.S.
In November 2008, they performed Seigaiha (meaning ‘blue sea and waves’), an ancient court dance and music program, at the ceremony of the Millennium of the Tale of Genji held in Kyoto International Conference Center in the presence of Their Imperial Majesties the Emperor and Empress.
DADADADAN TENKO is a Japanese drum (wadaiko) group formed in 1987 by the performing artist, Isaya Mondori. The Osaka-based group’s unique performances express the theme of “interesting and energetic appeal,” and not only include traditional methods but a variety of elements including Western music, drama, and comedy. The resulting performances are filled with a sense of emotion and speed that goes far beyond one usually expects from Japanese drumming.
DADADADAN TENKO is a truly rare group – a drum troupe that combines the traditional and the modern as they make their way around not only Japan, but the entire world.
They make you laugh, they bring you joy, and they take your breath away. Brushing aside all known genres of performing arts, DADADADAN TENKO simply provide... entertainment!
Sweat flies as powerful reverberations suffused with young spirits fill the performance space. Wadaiko fans will be enchanted by the deep bass tones they yearn to hear.
Kyoto Kimono Kikaku
Kyoto Kimono Kikaku was established by students of Kyoto University to plan and organize events to make kimonos and other traditional Japanese culture more widely known to young people. The group organizes a kimono fashion show every year to communicate the appeal of kimonos. Last year, the show was staged at the Oten-mon Gate of Heian-jingu Shrine and enthralled many people. Through such activities, students in Kyoto, which is an old city renowned for traditional culture and historical buildings, are working energetically to maintain traditional Japanese culture and develop it in a manner that suits today’s lifestyles.
- Date & Time:
- 18:00-19:00 Wednesday, July 4, 2018
- Kyoto International Conference Center (TBA)
Master sake brewer, Kinoshita Brewery
Philip Harper was born in 1966 in Birmingham, England. He is currently working as a toji (master sake brewer), at Kinoshita Brewery in Kumihama, Kyoto Prefecture. He graduated from the University of Oxford and moved to Japan in 1988 to teach English to Japanese students under the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. During his stay in Japan, he became fascinated by Japanese sake and decided to brew sake upon expiration of his two-year contract with the JET Programme. He joined Umenoyado Brewery in Nara Prefecture, where he worked for ten years under a toji, and gained experience brewing sake and he was responsible for supervising each brewing process. In 2001, he passed the Nanbu Brewer’s Guild Exam and qualified as a toji. After working at Daimon Brewery in Osaka and Sudo Honke in Ibaraki, he joined Kinoshita Brewery, and in his first year at Kinoshita Brewery, he won the Gold Prize in Annual Japan Sake Awards. He has been ambitious in producing new sake varieties, such as Tamagawa Shizen Shikomi Yamahai Junmai, a new standard of sake with substantial character, and Tamagawa Time Machine, a very sweet sake brewed to a recipe dating back to the Edo period. In doing so, he has contributed to making sake popular among a wider audience.
*After the lecture, participants will appreciate the movie “KANPAI! For the Love of SAKE” while enjoying SAKE.
Gala Dinner (Buffet-style)
- Date & Time:
- 19:00-21:00 Thursday July 5, 2018
- Prince Hall, Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto
Head of the Mishoryu-Sasaoka Ikebana School
From the age of three, Ryuho Sasaoka received ikebana instruction from his grandfather, Kunpo Sasaoka, succeeding him to become the 3rd head of the school in 2011. He is well known for pioneering the potential of ikebana as a performance art, creating arrangements before live audiences at major events in Japan and overseas, including the ceremony to commemorate 150 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Switzerland, which was held in Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 2014. He also supervised the flower arrangements for the venue of the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in 2016, which was attended by the heads of state of several nations. Ten ikebana arrangements, collectively titled Floral Landmarks of Ise, were displayed in the meeting room, waiting area, foyer, and other areas of the venue. He has authored several books, including Ikebana, which was published in 2011 by Shincho Shinsho.
Rika Shimizu (Uno)
Rika began playing the saxophone at the age of 12. After majoring in Japanese literature, she studied in the USA at Berklee College of Music in Boston – a mecca for jazz. Upon graduation from Berklee College of Music, she returned to Japan and has since been engaged in social activities, playing at concerts, public events, and welfare, medical and other facilities. Last year, she visited Nepal to give a performance.
Big Band GYAO
GYAO was founded in June 2001, led by Rika Shimizu, a female saxophonist and a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. The band consists of young musicians active mainly in the Kansai region, including graduates of music colleges. Its repertoire encompasses standard jazz numbers, such as Take the ‘A’ Train and In The Mood, and rock and funk music, as well as jazz versions of Japanese songs written for school music textbooks in prewar days, such as Hamabe no Uta and Furusato.
The third grand master of the Asuka School of classical Japanese dance
Fujimusume (Wisteria Maiden)
Originally, Fujimusume was part of gohenge-buyo (five different dances performed nonstop by a single dancer) titled, Kaesu gaesu onagori otsue, in which a girl comes out of a painting and dances. In the Showa period, Kikugoro Onoe IV, a kabuki actor famous for his dancing skills, adopted a new dramatization in which a wisteria spirit comes out of a painting and dances, and this version has become common since then.
- Date & Time:
- 12:10-13:10 Friday July 6, 2018
- Main Hall, Kyoto International Conference Center
Instrumental: Sakura 21
Cherry blossoms herald the coming of spring and bloom when the season changes from bitter winter to spring. The lovely sight of cherry blossoms makes everyone feel happy and excited. Sakura 21 is a variation composed for a quartet of koto (Japanese harps) and shakuhachi (flutes), based on Sakura, a traditional song that appreciates the beauty of cherry blossoms. The composer hopes that Sakura 21 will inspire audiences of all generations to envision a brighter future over the ages.
Machiko Imanishi, Ayako Kurahashi, Noriko Kawamoto, Eriko Naka, Ikue Yoneda, Kaho Kondo
Miwako Koishi, Yoshiko Kawamoto, Yoko Furuta, Kazutaka Naka
Yuriko Tobiyama, Hisae Hayase, Junko Miyaguchi
Kanzan Takada, Yozan Yamazoe
Violinist and composer
Born in Kagawa Prefecture, Ikuko Kawai graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts and then completed a graduate program at the university. Currently, she is a professor of Osaka University of Arts (Faculty of Arts). She has performed with major orchestras, both Japanese and foreign, and internationally renowned musicians including conductor, Myung-Whun Chung; and tenor, José Carreras. In addition to being a classical musician, she has worked with artists of different genres, including pop musicians; and ballet dancers, such as Farukh Ruzimatov and Tetsuya Kumakawa; and figure skater, Shizuka Arakawa. In 2008 she made a debut in the U.S. with her performance in New York at a concert at Carnegie Hall. In 2013 she won the Best Music Award in the 36th Japan Academy Film Prize for the music she wrote for the 2013 film Kita no Kanariatachi.
In 2015, which marked the 15th anniversary of her debut as a violinist and the 300th anniversary of the Stradivarius violin she uses, she performed in the Paris Opéra and achieved great success. Besides working energetically as a musician in Japan and abroad, she founded a charitable fund named Ikuko Kawai Mother Hand Fund, and also serves as a goodwill ambassador of the Japan Tourism Association for Shrines and Temples.