Celebration performance for 85 year-old national treasure Choichi Terukina
November 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
A performance was held to celebrate an 84 year-old national treasure in Ryukyu classical music, Choichi Terukina, on November 3 at the National Theater Okinawa. Titled “Fly!! Uta-sanshin 2016 Terukina Choichi celebration performance, makoto-hitotsu, bond of sanshin,” the concert was performed by over 200 students and performers from within the country and overseas who gathered to celebrate Terukina.
Students from Hawaii sung Terukina’s song in Hawaiian and English, demonstrating the regional influence of her music. Terukina also had a solo performance named “shukke-bushi” with original lyrics about the appreciation and joy of having a tushibii celebration, which is an Okinawan traditional practice for a person’s 85th birth year.
Terukina’s grandchildren, five year-old Ryuto and three year-old Asato also entertained the audience with a monkey dance in Kumiodori and a traditional dance performance called “saruhiki”.
(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)
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