TOKYO, Japan—Mr. Michiaki Yasumura, Emeritus Professor at Keio University and expert in interactive design, was captivated by the fourth show presented by Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan on April 20, 2015.
“The pictures [animated digital backdrops] and performers were coordinated perfectly. It was very impressive. Dancers jumped out of the backdrops onto the stage amazingly. It’s indeed very wonderful.” “Not only are the backdrops superb, but the hand props are also very interesting. Their coordination with the movements is also remarkable,” Professor Michiake Yasumura exclaimed.
He also highly praised Shen Yun performers’ bearing and form and other dance techniques. He said, “They are really amazingly good. Their movements are very dynamic and very beautiful.” “The program about Romance of the Three Kingdoms [Capturing Arrows with Boats of Straw] is familiar to Japanese. We have learned of it since we were a child.”
When it comes to the piece depicting the story of renouncing evil and turning to virtue [The Power of Compassion], he noted, “Compassion and tolerance are inner virtues. They may not be talked about in our daily lives, but they will emerge naturally from the bottom of our hearts. We must adhere to them.” “But compassion is not something that is easy to have.”
‘I booked the ticket very early’
“The program is so spectacular and beautiful. The dancers seemed to stop in the air when they were jumping. The moment when they suddenly stopped spinning on the stage is amazing,” exclaimed Ms. Bito Tomie, who is an expert in the studies of Japanese classic Manyoshu.
Manyoshu is one of the most famous Japanese classic from Nara period, which is also the oldest collection of Japanese poetry. It means “Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves” and was originally compiled around 759.
She said that she first learned about Shen Yun from the Internet.
She explained, “After seeing the introductory video clip, I found the dances very beautiful, and felt like seeing the show. Therefore, I booked the ticket very early.”
She was especially moved by the program The Power of Compassion, “I was truly touched. It’s indeed perfect,” she said.
“The dances of ethnic minority groups were performed so wonderfully and exquisitely. All in all, they are superb.” “I’ve really enjoyed the happy hours here. I am really very thankful for it,” Ms. Tomie said.
‘The music is perfect’
Mr. Mibu Shinkou is the director of the scripture studying unit and director of history editor of Sensoji Temple. He attended Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan on the afternoon of April 19.
After seeing the performance, he said, “The power of compassion is something that can influence human beings universally.”
“It’s my first time to see this kind of performance. It’s very interesting,” he said.
“The synchronization among performers and the music is perfect. They interact with the animated digital backdrops with great precision. Though every piece is brief and concise, we can experience the Chinese history and the cultures of various nations. In addition, we further understand the meanings of life. I think it is very interesting.”
Located in Asakusa, Sensoji Temple, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple, is the oldest temple in Tokyo. The temple features a five storied pagoda and the Kaminarimon or “Thunder Gate” at its main entrance. It is also one of the most colorful and popular temples in Tokyo.
Reporting by Zhang Benzhen and Billy Shyu
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