TOKYO—On the evening of Feb. 1, Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company presented the fifth show in Japan at the New National Theater, Tokyo. Exquisite classical Chinese dances and distinctive music, coupled with touching stories, were presented on the stage one after another. They deeply touched the hearts of those in attendance.
As a ambassador of the International Human Rights Commission Japan, Mr. Naritoshi Hiranaka was invited by his friends to watch the Shen Yun show together. After seeing the show, he said,“This is my first time watching Shen Yun. It’s really amazing!”
Having lived in Europe, Asia, and other places for 10 years, Mr. Naritoshi said, “I’ve loved Chinese stuff since long ago, such as Shaolin Temple, martial arts, Tai chi, etc. The backdrops are really exquisite. The synchronization between the actors and the backdrops is perfect. To sum up, the performance is indeed magnificent.”
He said: “The programs that impressed me the most include the chopsticks dance and the dances depicting contemporary stories happening in China now. I think these things should not have happened in China.”
Mr. Naritoshi Hiranaka emphasized, “Today Shen Yun has a very profound influence on me. I can’t agree with Shen Yun more. I think it’s great to convey messages through the form of culture and arts. Hopefully one day in the future, Shen Yun will be able to perform in China, so as to let Chinese people have the opportunity to see it.”
Shen Yun Has the Power of Eliminating Evil
This was the fourth time Koga Toshiaki, councilor of the Tokyo Metropolis, saw Shen Yun. After seeing the show, Mr. Koga said, “Today is during the Chinese New Year holiday. I felt the atmosphere of the festival and also the value that the artists of Shen Yun Performing Arts passed to us. I really feel delighted and understand the meaning that the performance expressed.”
He said that what impressed him most was the program about the mad monk who used a broom to sweep away the bad prime minister who conspired and killed the patriotic hero, Yue Fei, in the Sung Dynasty.
“I think the program contained a meaning that the broom was sweeping away all evil things,” he said.
Since Shen Yun cannot perform in China, Mr. Koga said, “Such a beautiful and good performance can’t perform in China. It’s not only a misfortune for China, but for the whole world. It’s pathetic. It’s a show that the artists of the top art company, who perform to their limits, and coupled with the high-tech dynamic backdrop. I hope it can be performed in China soon as problems are solved.”
He said at least that he will come and see Shen Yun next year, and he is looking forward to it now.
Reporting by Zhang Nini and Fleur L, Mu Cong Shi and Lisa Huang
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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