TOKYO, Japan—Inagaki Setsuko, who is both a business executive and university lecturer, believes heaven is so much closer than people might imagine. After seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts on April 26, he felt the path to heaven is not out of the question.
“It was such a treat today. And I believe the idea of men returning to heaven will become reality in our time,” said Ms. Inagaki after seeing Shen Yun’s final performance in Japan. The New York-based company then kicks off its four-city tour in South Korea.
Ms. Inagaki said she couldn’t agree it more when seeing the concept of human’s divine origin, a traditional Chinese belief, play out on stage. “Just like what the program showed, we are all people coming from heaven. And we must find our way back,” she said.
While the core beliefs of traditional Chinese culture, such as the belief in the harmony between heaven and earth, has been lost in modern day China after communists took over, Shen Yun has been steadfastly trying to bring back ancient beliefs and tradition in the last ten years.
“I believe these is a sense of sacredness to the performance. I feel like I have been cleansed,” said Ms. Inagaki, while lamenting how morality and ancient cultures were slowly lost in today’s world. “Not only China but the entire world must find its divine roots.”
She gave an example: “China once had great people like Laozi and Confucius. And Shen Yun is bringing the culture left behind by them, live, onto the stage.” Both Laozi and Confucius are great philosophers of ancient China. Laozi is the founder of Taoism, and the teachings by Confucius continue to influence people today.
While inspired by the ancient culture presented, Ms. Inagaki was stunned to learn that a group of people continue to be perseucted today in China.
“So the perseuction against Falun Gong is happening now, and there are people who die because of it,” she said.
“I pray that China will stop its persecution and allow Shen Yun to go China,” she added.
Since Shen Yun began touring the world in 2006, it has traveled to five continents and visit 130 cities. The company, however, is not allowed to perform in China, partly because of the spiritual themes it explores.
Inagaki Setsuko, president of Joy Group and a lecturer at Human Tech International University, believed she must make some changes to herself after seeing the performance.
“I truly believe I will live my life differently and my views of the world will change. I feel wonderful now. I hope Shen Yun can continue its excellent work.”
Reporting by Pu Huien and Billy Shyu
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
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