TOKYO—On April 22, Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company demonstrated the magnificence of the 5,000 years of the divinely inspired Chinese culture at the Tokyo Bunkyo Civic Hall. Seeing Shen Yun for first time, Mr. Akira Imai, a Japanese writer and TV program executive producer, praised Shen Yun, saying, “It can comfort the human soul, and make people feel full of hope and longing for tomorrow.”
Mr. Akira Imai is a visiting professor at the School of Economics of Nagoya University, the host of a TV program The Heroes of Jupiter at Japan’s BS11 TV, and a former executive producer of NHK. His works have won him artistic awards and the Kikuchi Award from the Ministry of Culture.
He was delighted that Shen Yun demonstrated the cultures of various places and ethnic groups in China, and presented us with a general picture of Chinese culture, including the cultural characteristics of minorities in China, such as Tibet and Yi. He said, “We should pass down our culture in various geographical areas to our offspring from generation to generation.”
As the Chinese communist regime has tried to destroy the traditional Chinese culture, he expressed that every culture has the characteristic of compassion, and it cannot be forcibly inhibited. He said, “Especially, the culture that has been inhibited by China should be protected and passed down to the next generations.”
In light of the fact that Shen Yun is touring Japan while the Japanese are currently faced with various anxieties, Mr. Imai said, “The Shen Yun performance can comfort the human soul, and make people feel full of hope and longing for tomorrow. This is one of the important reasons that many people have a passion for the arts.
Therefore, we should protect our traditional culture, and safeguard this kind of arts.”
Music Lecturer: ‘Traditional Chinese culture is so beautiful’
Also at the second performance, in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Civic Hall, Tokyo, was former music lecturer of Toho Gakuen School of Music, a renowned music academy in Japan, Kiuchi Syuko.
It was the first time Ms. Kiuchi had seen Shen Yun and she was quite excited. “It’s so marvelous. I’m looking forward to next year’s performance,” she said.
Knowing very little about traditional Chinese culture, Ms. Kiuchi said that it’s surprising that traditional Chinese culture is so beautiful.
As a music professional, Ms. Kiuchi praised the live accompaniment of the Shen Yun Orchestra, saying it was superb. Having listened to different kinds of orchestras performing in the past, she said it was the first time she had heard music composed with a blend of Western and traditional Chinese instruments. “It will definitely be more and more dazzling and brilliant. It must attract the attention of the whole world.”
She was also deeply impressed by the solo vocal performances. She said that she particularly enjoyed the voice of tenor Tian Ge. “I like it very much,” she said.
Ms. Kiuchi experienced the harmony between man and nature in Chinese traditional culture. And she deeply appreciated the worshiping of gods in traditional Chinese culture, which was represented in Shen Yun.
Finally, she wrote down her contact information and said several times, “Please make sure to tell me when Shen Yun comes back next year!”
Toho Gakuen School of Music, founded in 1948, is a private conservatoire located in Tokyo, Japan. Through its musical education from high school to graduate school, Toho Gakuen offers studies from preparatory diplomas to master degrees in all orchestral instruments, piano, conducting, composition, and musicology.
Reporting by Zhang Benzhen and Bill Xu, Zhang Nini and Lisa Huang
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