I started playing shakuhachi, the Japanese traditional bamboo flute, after happening to see a student playing it long ago in my student days. It means my career as a shakuhachi player is nearly 40 years long, but I don't feel I have mastered it yet and I still have a lot to learn.
Anyway, I attended an annual Japanese traditional music concert as a player today. Lit by several strong lights, my nerves were on edge, but I could manage to make it through without any errors. However, I have another concert schedule in June in Kyoto City. It's the 120th anniversary concert of a shakuhachi school of Tozan, which is a lineage that was founded during the Meiji period by the first generation Tozan Nakao. I'll upload the picture of the concert hall where I'll be playing below. The hall is Kyoto Concert Hall, which is far bigger than today's hall. I feel tense even now. You can see the picture of a bazaar, which was held yesterday. I took it when I visited the hall for the rehearsal.
Finally, I'll write about the number I played today and will play in Kyoto next month. The title is "Kukai", the famous buddhist priest, who shaped the culture of the Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage in Shikoku, my home, just 1200 years ago. As my group will join the concert as the representative of Shikoku, this number was selected. I'll report about the concert here on the blog.
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