Artists

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Ryuo Arai

剣舞、詩吟 (Samurai Dance and song)

Arai Ryuou will perform classical Japanese samurai dance and singing (Gin’ei, Ken’bu, and Shibu). Come to see the  ambience formed by the stylistic movements, together with the unique costume/objects used, including “hakama,” a skirt-like pair of pants used to be worn by upper-class people, dancing fan, Japanese sword. More detail.           

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Satsuki Odamura

​琴 ( Japanese Zither )

Satsuki Odamura is a koto virtuoso, who has pioneered this ancient Japanese instrument in Australia. She works with musicians from other genres, such as jazz and classical music, inspiring composers who have no previous knowledge of the koto or its cultural setting. She has recorded three albums of her own, including collaborations with Australian musicians to produce exciting new sounds and textures for her instrument, the koto.    

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Taikoz
太鼓 ( Japanese Drum )

Since 1997 Taikoz has developed an international reputation for vibrant performances that couple explosive energy and extreme dynamism with refinement and grace. From the most delicate melodies of the shakuhachi to the thunderous impact of the odaiko, Taikoz is at once meditative and free-spirited, primal and dramatic.

                     

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Oni Kenbai
鬼剣舞 ( Dance )

The Oni Kenbai is a powerful, masculine dance, that has been performed in the city of Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture, in northeastern Japan for around 1,000 years. 

It was originally a way of offering comfort to ancestral spirits. Feel the power of Onikenbai, a Buddhist ritual dance that symbolizes good spirits driving away the bad.

The Japan Spectacular presents for you a highly spirited performance.

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Ren Yano
書 ( Calligraphy )

Ren is an artist who specialises in ‘Shodo’, Japanese traditional calligraphy. In 2010 his work ‘Furusato’ (home town) was approved by the Japanese Foreign Ministry as a national property of Japan.

He also received the commendation from the Consulate General of Japan in Sydney.

                        

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Sakura Choir
歌 ( Chorus )

Sydney Sakura Choir is a community choir of about 40 members. The Choir has performed an exciting assortment of pieces, ranging from Japanese folk-songs to modern works as well as classical masterpieces in English, Italian, German and Finish.
Sydney Sakura Choir prides itself on its musical ambassadorship for Japan and has performed at cultural festivals and charity events.         

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Yoshimi Tada
 ( Ikebana )

Tada Yoshimi (the pseudonym Tada Reishu, 多田玲秋), known as one of the prominent Ikebana artists of the Sogetsu School, has been widely active in Asia and the Pacific across countries such as Australia, Singapore and Japan for more than a decade. As one of her outstanding activities in promoting Ikebana in Australia, she served as a demonstrator of Ikebana at the Japan Spectacular, a Festival of Japanese Traditional Arts and Cultures, at the Opera House Sydney in December 2019.

                             

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Sanshi
 ( Didgeridoo )

Sanshi started playing didgeridoo in 1997. His passion took him to Arnhemland - the home of didgeridoo, where he met the didgeridoo master Djalu Gurruwiwi and his family. Sanshi was adopted into their family and given an aboriginal name "Malarra Yunupingu" (Malarra meaning Manta Ray).

 

He performs as a solo artist, collaboration artist, studio musician, the trio "Breath" with Anne Norman (Japanese shakuhachi flute) and Reo Matsumoto (Beatbox), World fusion band “Eastwinds”, Electro didgeridoo fusion “Planet Aligned” and Japanese Drum ensamble “Taiko ON”.

                           

                         

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Ryubu
 ( Okinawan Imperial Dance )

Okinawan Ryukyu dance was developed as being performed on the stage for entertaining Imperial envoys (Sapposhi) from China during the Ryukyu Kingdom era and came to attain greatness in the 18th century.

Dancers perform with fascinating Bingata-dyed colorful costumes.

Ryukyu Dance is designated as a National Important Intangible Cultural Property.

                         

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Yu Ni On
太鼓 ( Japanese Drum )

YuNiOn was formed in 2005 by Masae Ikegawa and Graham Hilgendorf as a duet for taiko, percussion and more!

 

Yu – blend     Ni – two    On – sound

 

YuNiOn takes people on a fun, open and soulful journey through the high spirited energy of the Japanese taiko drum, blended with percussive sounds and festive song and dance.                                                                                                 

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Midori Furze
折り紙 ( Origami )

Midori is a Sydney-based Japanese multidisciplinary artist.

She specialises in origami projects with community participation, origami installations, demonstrations and workshops.

She received a commendation from the Consulate General of Japan in Sydney in 2016.       

                            

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Sanshin
 ( Okinawan Banjo )

The “Sanshin” is a 3-stringed Okinawan Banjo-like instrument. Originally, similar instruments were brought from China in the 14th Century and developed into its original form during the Ryukyu era.

 

Music in the royal court during the Ryukyu Kingdom was primarily played on the Sanshin. It was performed at banquets to welcome Chinese and Japanese envoys.

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Haruka Shinno
司会 ( MC )

Haruka is a Japanese and English speaking MC and presenter based in Sydney.

She is passionate about helping her clients overcome language and intercultural barriers.

With her authentic and warm personality, Haruka brings a touch of omotenashi, Japanese hospitality, to every event.

 

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Okinawa Dance
 ( Dancer )

Okinawan traditional performing dance with Okinawan drums. “Eisa Champroo” is the first EISA organisation formed in Sydney, 2017.

Eisa Champloo has been performing at numerous festivals and locations around Sydney.