25 Nov 2013

Feel Japan! Attractions on both days

Iwafune Musashi Taiko on Sat 7 December

Iwafune Musashi Taiko was started from a family in 1979.
Since then, the team has kept growing with more people from inside and outside their town. At the moment they have 50 several people, having variety of its age-group from 7 years to 54 years old. They work hard together to improve their skills.
Most of their performance music is originals, settling on the subject matter of nature and seasons in their local area.

■In 2008 Awarded the first prize at the 15th All Japan Japanese drum contest Big drum section
■In 2009 Awarded championship and prize from Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology at the world Japanese drum contest Individual section
■In 2010 Awarded championship at the 7th Bon Taiko Japan Contest (Japanese drums for Lantern season) Male section

Ichihime Gagaku-kai on Sun 8 December

Gagaku used to be played only by people who belong to the Japanese Imperial Court, serve Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples and specialists in Gagaku. In 1813, this restriction was released and everyone started to be allowed to play Gagaku.

In Kyoto, Kunitomi Hida started to teach Gagaku, then Tomihisa Hida, who currently serves the Imperial Court started to study and inherit Gagaku as a cultural asset.
Ichihime Gagaku-kai was established in 1980, aiming at spreading Gagaku as a Japanese traditional music by Tomihisa Hida. In order to hand down Gagaku properly, Shigeru Iwanami at Board of the ceremonies in Imperial Household Agency, directly teaches more than 200 members from variety of age group who practices musical instruments and dance every day.
They hold annual Gagaku performance. Recently, they are aiming at cultural exchange and are challenging overseas performance as a team 'MATOMA', a new culture from Kyoto to the world.

Their wonderful performance at JPHMA congress in Kyoto International Conference Center in 2009.