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Yamamura Wakashizuki Mai no kai

  • Organization : Wakashizuki Yamamura
  • Section : Artistic and creative activity in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single Individual
  • Art Forms : Japanese Traditional Art


An evening of Kamigatamai and Shimai, the focus of this performance was building on tradition to make these performing arts accessible and enjoyable for a modern audience by incorporating modern thinking and forms of expression. Following a commentary by Tatau Murakami, Wakashizuki Yamamura performed a Kotokumiuta (koto suite of songs), “Hien no kyoku.” This concert was the first time Edo period Kotokumiuta has been performed with choreography. Wakashizuki Yamamura was in charge of choreography while vocals and koto were performed by Yuji Kikuo. This was followed by a Shimai performance “Aoi no ue” by Noh artist Bunzo Ohtsuki, who has received government recognition as a Living National Treasure and Person of Cultural Merit. Finally, Wakashizuki Yamamura performed the Jiuta “Aoi no ue” with vocals and shamisen by Yuji Kikuo. This production allowed the audience to enjoy contrasting forms of expression between the koto and the shamisen, between China and Japan, and between Noh and Kamigatamai dance.


Wakashizuki Yamamura
Yamamura began Nihonbuyo (traditional Japanese dance) at the age of three, and studied under Wakasaki Yamamura. As an instructor of the Kamigatamai and Yamamuraryu dance traditions passed down principally in the geisha districts of Kyoto and Osaka, she runs rehearsal studios in Osaka and Tokyo. In addition to appearing in dance performances and training pupils, she has gained popularity as a performer with the ability to extensively communicate the appeal of the Kyoto-Osaka region’s traditional performing arts. Her book “Kamigata dento geino annai” (“Guide to the traditional performing arts of the Kyoto-Osaka region” (Sogensha)) was published under her real name, Hatsune Horiguchi. Yamamura is the head of Shizukikai.


Wakashizuki Yamamura


Noh Laboratory Theater, Tessen-kai, Minato City, Tokyo