Japanese Living National Treasure Terukina leads a classical Ryukyuan music concert at National Theatre of Japan
June 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
A classical Ryukyuan performance organization, led by 82-year-old Japanese Living National Treasure Choichi Terukina, held a concert at the National Theatre of Japan in the Chiyoda district of Tokyo on June 8. In a rare event for the theatre, Terukina’s organization Ryukyu Koten Afuso Ryu Ongaku Kenkyu Choichi Kai showcased classical Ryukyuan music.
Over 200 of Terukina’s students took part from Okinawa, the Kanto, and Kansai regions, Los Angeles and Hawaii. While promoting international exchange, they demonstrated the charm of classical Ryukyuan music.
Terukina has been teaching over 400 students since he opened his school in 1960.
For this concert, Terukina aimed to highlight to the world the little-known art of classical Ryukyuan music.
The show was based on a Ryukyuan Dance and kumiodori. Terukina said, “My students became single-minded about taking part. I would like to keep performing with young people.”
The head of the executive committee of the event Junichi Tomita, who is president of the Ryukyu Shimpo, said, “The event is epoch-making and brought a new wave to classical Japanese music.”
(English translation by T&CT)
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