Just a few words to tell you about what went on in Tokyo last weekend.
The third annual International Shakuhachi Festival was held in Tokyo and, I feel, was a huge success—as were the first two (Bissei, Okayama-Ken 1994, Boulder 1998).
There was much representation of all schools (more Tozan and Dokyoku than in Boulder), as well as first time stuff (Minyo, Rare Recordings, an Enka party, as well as Shakuhachi used with Rock & Techno music).
For you Westerners out there, I think we did quite well, although of the 230 attendants, probably only 20 were non-Japanese.
In the "Open-Mike" (not really- they were planned), concerts, I heard really impressive work (mostly modern) by 2-players from Australia and 1 from France.
For my own part, I felt very honored to be included in what I thought was the best part of the 7-Hour concert on the last day - the HONKYOKU section. It began with a performance by a priest from Kochi, followed by Zennosuke, myself, Furuya Teruo , Mitsuhashi Kifu, Kawase Junsuke III, and ended with Aoki Reibo II .
For any of you unfamiliar with these Japanese masters, you should try to hear them, they are top-notch !! Araki Kodo V was there and gave a workshop which I took as well, but did not play in the concert. Yamamoto Hozan - the new Living National Treasure was his usual excellent self in his ensemble performance of his own piece.
Back to Westerners - the "4th Rookie of the Year Concert" was won by the only non-Japanese player- Peter Hill, from the USA, who also played very well at one of the Open-Mike concerts.
I also enjoyed meeting two other Western
There were 2 high points of the weekend
As far as the next International Shakuhachi Festival is concerned, I had a very interesting conversation with Riley Lee, and as a result I may have more to report soon, but for those of you who need a hint, think about big apples !!
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