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Kyoto Noh Theater Kotsuzumi Drum Performer: Naoyasu Sowa

Kyoto Noh Theater Kotsuzumi Drum Performer: Naoyasu Sowa

The art of Noh theater is a complex mixture of dance, drama, music and poetry that was formed in the middle of the 1300’s. For reference, Noh started about the same time as the Inca Kingdom and the Ottoman Empire. Noh has developed and become more sophisticated over the centuries, Noh is now a complete …

Kyoto ‘Biwa Hoshi’ Musician: Kyokusei Katayama

Kyoto ‘Biwa Hoshi’ Musician: Kyokusei Katayama

Kyokusei Katayama is a master of the traditional Japanese musical instrument called the biwa. The biwa is a relative of the Western lute that made its way to Japan via the Silk Road. Kyokusei Katayama was born in Ehime Prefecture (Shikoku) in 1955 and resides and teaches in Kyoto. He studied chikuzen biwa under Kyokusui …

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