KOBE, Japan—When Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company put on its final performance in Japan at the Kobe International House’s International Hall, on the evening of Feb. 6, East Hiroshima City Councilor Hiraoka Tsuyoshi traveled to the show all the way from Hiroshima to Kobe. Seeing Shen Yun show for the third time, Mr. Hiraoka said he was amazed by the profound meanings implied in the songs’ lyrics.
Shen Yun, based in New York, aims to revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization through song and dance.
Deeply touched by the Shen Yun performances, Mr. Hiraoka said with emotion, “This is the third time I’ve watched Shen Yun performances. What was different this time was that I booked the seat in the first row, so that I could see the Shen Yun orchestra clearly. I could also appreciate dancers’ exquisite facial expressions, the animated backdrops, and the music played by the orchestra directly.
“It was indeed very enjoyable, as if I was on the scene. It was an all new experience,” he said.
Mr. Hiraoka added that Shen Yun performances could never bore audiences as they evoke different feelings each time.
He stressed that he was especially impressed by the vocalists’ performances this time, and that the lyrics had very profound meanings. “The vocalists’ voices are so extraordinary and powerful that they can be heard from faraway.”
“From the lyrics, I enlightened to the idea that the Creator did not give up on us. When encountering catastrophes, those with compassion can always be saved. I was also pondering that it would be wonderful if we could return to our original true selves,” he said.
“However, China is under the Chinese communist regime’s autocratic rule, and righteous beliefs, gods and Buddha have been negated by the regime persistently. As long as we believe in gods and Buddha, we are able to be saved by gods and Buddha and return to our original true selves. So all of us should stand up to eliminate the wicked and create a peaceful world together,” he said.
“Seeing Shen Yun performances helped me further understand the profundity of the traditional Chinese culture. It would be difficult for us to have a comprehensive understanding of it through the mass media in our daily lives. Only through attending Shen Yun performances can we see what we cannot see in our everyday life and truly understand the profound Chinese culture,” he concluded.
Nice to Have Such a Beautiful World!
Mr. Kobayashi EiMakoto, who has been working on traditional Japanese lacquer paintings for 30 years, watched Shen Yun with his wife, a dancer of traditional Japanese dance of the Fujima style.
“How wonderful today’s show is. It’s perfect,” Mr. Kobayashi said.
The old couple watched Shen Yun for the first time. As soon as they saw the information in the newspaper, they ordered the tickets.
When asked which program impressed him most, Mr. Kobayashi EiMakoto said: “All of them. They are all impeccable, beautiful, and pure. The show makes us very happy. We really appreciate Shen Yun.”
Mr. Kobayashi’s wife, who was dressed in an elegant kimono, said with deep emotion: “It’s really nice to have such a wonderful world” presented.
Mr. Kobayashi EiMakoto is particularly fond of the dance reflecting the prosperous Tang Dynasty. “I really want to see it again. I like the program about the Tang Dynasty so much. It’s quite different from Japan’s Kabuki. The synchronization between dancers on the stage and the back drop is perfect.”
His wife said that “All in the show are so beautiful. I want to be in the show too.”
They said they really like vocalists’ performances, and the profound meanings of the lyrics.
Mr. Kobayashi EiMakoto has painted traditional lacquer paintings for several decades, and has over 300 works. He holds personal exhibitions every year. His wife, who is fond of Kimono, often performs in traditional Japanese dances.
Reporting by Niu Bin and Bill Xu, Wu Lili and Fleur L
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