KYOTO, Japan—After performing three times to a full house at Rohm Theatre in Kyoto on Jan. 3, 2020, U.S.-based Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company put out three additional performances at the same theater again on Feb. 1-2, before it wrapped up its 2020 Japan tour.
Attracted by Shen Yun’s reputation, Hayashi Kitibei, a prominent drummer of Japanese Noh Gaku, took advantage of this opportunity to attend one of the additional performances in Kyoto on Feb. 1.
Noh is a classical Japanese performance form that has been performed since its inception over 650 years ago. It is famous for being extremely refined and elegant and is one of the most ancient living forms of theater in the world.
Listed on Japan’s Intangible Cultural Heritages and widely recognized as Japan’s living national treasure, Hayashi Kitibei was fascinated by Shen Yun’s magnificent performance aiming to revive the 5,000 years of the authentic, divinely inspired traditional Chinese culture.
Shen Yun’s website explains, “Shen Yun Performing Arts is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, established in New York in 2006. It performs classical Chinese dance, ethnic and folk dance, and story-based dance, with orchestral accompaniment and solo performers.”
“With selfless devotion and movement in unison, Shen Yun artists directly disseminated energy and power to the audience,” Hayashi said. “It’s really admirable.”
As one of the most well-known performers of the oldest type of classical Japanese performance art, Hayashi said he was delighted to attend the Shen Yun performance rich in authentic Chinese culture.
“I am very happy to appreciate the Shen Yun show, with an open mind that art is limitless,” Hayashi said.
He also explained that belief is the conviction in humans’ minds, and it’s the essence of art, and that belief can make a performance have purer energy.
“Shen Yun is very unique, I felt a kind of [divine energy] from time to time during the performance,” he added.
“Shen Yun has a compact and refined program rich in content,” he continued. “It makes me feel very happy,” he said with feeling.
With reporting by Lu Yong and Billy Shyu.
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time and has covered audience reactions since the company’s inception in 2006.