Ichio Nakamura celebrates Living National Treasure designation with concert

Ichio Nakamura celebrates Living National Treasure designation with concert

Ichio Nakamura singing the traditional Ryukyuan number, Jyanna Bushi on January 20, at the Okinawa Convention Center Theater located in Ginowan City. Photographed by Moriaki Kise.

January 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “Bank of the Ryukyus Presents Ichio Nakamura in Shigei—Living National Treasure-Designation Celebration Concert” was held on January 20 at the Okinawa Convention Center Theater, hosted by Ryukyu Shimpo, co-hosted by the Okinawa Performance Arts Association (Okinawa Geinou Renmei) and the Nomura School of Ryukyu Classical Music Preservation Association, with special cooperation from the Bank of the Ryukyus.

Nakamura earned the Nationally-Designated Important Intangible Cultural Property status (Individual Certification) in traditional Ryukyuan music last year.

During the celebratory concert, he took the stage with fellow Living National Treasures Choichi Terukina, Tokutaro Shiroma, Noho Miyagi, Kishun Nishie and Satoshi Higa.

The audience of about 1,300 applauded the commensurate artists.

The celebratory concert opened with a spectacular unison ensemble of traditional Ryukyuan music, followed by a performance of Maé no Hama by six artists designated Living National Treasures.

The crowd also enjoyed 21 song and dance performances.

In the finale, three Living National Treasures shared the stage and sang Sho Chiku Bai Tsuru Kamé in succession. Nakamura closed the show with Tsuru Kamé Bushi.

Nakamura, who gave a solo singing performance of Jyanna Bushi with lyrics that thanked those who have supported the art, renewed his motivation and commented, “From this day forward, I want to get back to the basics and continue to work on myself.”

(English translation by T&CT and Monica Shingaki)

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