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“2013 Toyo University Cultural Lecture Meeting, Cultural History of Echigo-jishi: From Local Performing Arts to Kabuki Dance” was held Saturday, November 9, 2013.

Saturday, November 9, 2013. “2013 Toyo University Cultural Lecture Meeting, Cultural History  of Echigo-jishi: From Local Performing Arts to Kabuki Dance” was held.

 “2013 Toyo University Cultural Lecture Meeting, Cultural History of Echigo-jishi: From Local Performing Arts to Kabuki Dance” was held at Enryo Inoue Hall on Hakusan Campus on Saturday, November 9, 2013. This meeting featured Kabuki Dancing which has been passed down to modern Japanese dance, with the aim to familiarize the approx. 300 people in attendance with “Kabuki”, a representative form of traditional performing arts of the Edo Period.

The meeting consisted of three parts, Theme I, II and III.  Theme I was entitled “Cultural History of Echigo-jishi”, and Prof. Osamu Kawaji, lecturer Toshihiko Hisano, and Dean Hisao Nakayama of the Faculty of Literature,  Department of Japanese Literature and culture, made comments on “Echigo-jhishi no Uta (song of echigo Jhishi)”, “Echigo-jishi of Tsukigata Village”, and “Echigo-jishi of the Edo Period”, using movies and slides.  Those in attendance eagerly took notes on the materials distributed to them.
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Theme II was entitled “Kabuki Dance and Nagauta (long epic song) World, Workshop for Students.” Kyo Hanayagi commented on the props and coached two students. Specifically, comments on “Kakko” and “Sarashi” were provided. During the workshop, students were instructed on how to use “Sarashi” for the first time. Next, Katsunobu Kineya gave a detailed commentary on the shamisen, the musical instrument used in Theme III, explaining its origin, materials, and how to play it.
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In Theme III, Kyo Hanayanagi, gave a detailed commentary on Kabuki Dancing, “Echigo-jishi”, and then performed “Ehichigo-jishi” which was well-received, bringing the meeting to an end. 

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