As my schedule was hectic because of our move etc., I could not dedicate dances at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine where I have been dedicating dances for the past several years. Still I wanted to show my gratiude in passing the exam for the Master Teacher, I visited the shrine to offer an official prayer with my student.
The other day “Study Group of Philosophy of Mai (Dance) through its Discipline” was held at Takamatsu Castle Tamamo Park in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku Island.
There held a discussion between Yukisono sensei of the school of Yoshimura of Kamigata Dance and Mr. Masui of Director General of Takamatsu Branch of Asahi Newspaper and a demonstration of the dance, “Yashima” by Sonochiaki Yoshimura san.
The discussion helped me a lot in understanding the root and foundation of Mai, which is different from Odori that is rooted on the Kabuki Dance.
They mentioned that the essence of Mai is in the dedication to deities, on the other hand, Odori is mainly for entertaining people.
I have come to Takamatsu several times as Yukisono sensei is from this area and is teaching here. It became one of my favorite towns now.
Yesterday my recital successfully finished thanks to my teacher, family, musicians, comrade dancers and guests.
I would like to especially express my deep gratitude to all the guests who have turn out tonight and also who has given me beautiful flowers, sweets and gifts. They made my day memorable.
Much appreciation is for Mr. Kida, Director of the Haiku Museum in Hakusan City, Ishikawa Prefecture, who came all the way to Osaka for speaking about the life of the poet Chiyo, so that the audience will understand about her more.
The poet Chiyo has made many beautiful poems other than the most famous one of ”Morning glory.” I would like to introduce three haiku from the twenty one haiku that she wrote as a gift to a friendly delegation from Korea in 1760 under the order of Kaga domain government. (The photo is from the Seisonkaku building in the Kenrokuen Park in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Pre.)
Clean straw to spread on the entrance for the new year
Even the dust on it looks
Noon time in Karasaki
Wind brows from Hiei mountain
Dew drops bring coolness
I will be performing ”Chiyo of Kaga” at the 245th anniversary of the poet Chiyo at Shokoji Temple in Hakusan City, Ishikawa Pre. Edo-uta or song from Edo ”Chiyo of Kaga” is sang and appreciated from the Edo period, and the parts of its choreography is conveyed from old time in the school of Yoshimura. 30 years ago when my teacher Yukisono had an opportunity to perform this piece, the 4th head master of Yoshimura School and teacher of Yukisono, Yuki Yoshimura choreographed the rest of the piece to make it complete.
When I visited the city, I couldn’t help but feel how much the local people have cherished the poems and presence of Chiyo. The photo is the statue of Chiyo in front of the museum, and the decoration is about the most famous poem, ‘Morning Glory, water bucket covered by it, had to ask for water’.