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Kinshu Tokubetsu Stage “Shin”

I went to see the Kabuki stage called “Shin” performed by Kantaro/Shichinosuke Nakamura! This time a taiko performer, Tetsuei Hayashi, and a shamisen performer, Chikudo Takahashi were on the stage as well. Hayashi is the person who participated to start “Kodo”, which I went to see their performance on the other day, so their drumming today was also amazing and energetic. Takahashi was so good at playing speedy tunes. And of course, Nakamura brothers was fantastic! In their first performance, “Ninin-Wankyu”, I was so surprised that Shichinosuke, who played “Matsuyama-dayu” looked so beautiful. “Matsuyama-dayu” is a phantom in the story, but Shichinosuke well expressed that dreamy mood, and how he moves lookes so feminine, and his proportion is so thin… I remember when I saw his performance last time, he was not that good at all! It was the first time I kept looking at Shichinosuke while Kantaro was on stage too. The last performance was “collaboration”, and it was so cool! Energetic taiko, dynamic shamisen, and Nakamura brothers wearing simple hakama and dancing… The title “Shin” (=”core”) expresses how it looks very well. The whole impression was “modern Japanese”. And this time, Kantaro was so good at performing masculine dance…he is getting really closer to his father recently. I love Nakamura family so much. Now I have favours to Shochiku! 1. Please release a DVD of this stage! I will buy it! 2. Please come to London!

Kodo at Southbank centre, London

I went to see a performance by “Kodo” (A group of Japanese traditional drum players). To be honest, I hadn’t seen any proper Japanese drum performance before, and I just went there because it was 50% off for students! But it was amazing. Just amazing. I thought it would be good when I saw the promotion video on their website, but you can never experience the sounds of “big drum” unless you go to see them. It echoes inside your body, rather than on the surface. It was like thunder. Another thing I liked about them was that they were really entertainer. The quality as musician was good, so they can perform serious drum, but also they can do it comically so that audience feel relaxed, and above all, they looked enjoying themselves so much. You can feel thrill, fun, rhythm, and the time just goes by! They will be travelling around Europe, so check it out! Kodo website