In the midst of the heat, we visited Nisonin Temple in Arashiyama where the 4th Head Master Yuki Yoshimura sensei dedicated a stone monument of a fan when he was designated as a National Treasure in 1986.



The temple monk said that one of old fans of Yuki sensei is preserved here.



「時維 昭和六十一年 雄輝家元 文部大臣より無形文化財保持者の認定を受く 御殿舞の流れを汲んで山ノ内ふくが京都麩屋町二條上ル町で山ノ内流を建てたのが弘化二年である  門弟が小ふくと成り更にその門弟のふじがその後を受けたが三代目といわないで吉村流をとなえて初代となった 本拠を大阪に移し南地の師匠となりあしべ踊の振付師として活躍して定着した その没後二代目をゆう さらに三代目を雄光がついだが 昭和三十六年六月一日逝去後 門弟雄輝が四世を襲つた 昭和三十七年五月三十日のことである 家名は代々世襲でなく芸をもって継ぐという芸道最高の理念によって継承されているところに吉村流の特質を見ることが出来る

昭和四十七年三月 施主 四世家元 吉村雄輝 吉村流名取一同 賛助 門弟一同」

Translation of the sentences carved on the backside of the monument says:

“Head Master Yuki was designated as a holder of Intangible Cultural Property in 1986.

It was in 1846 that Fuku Yamanouchi started the dance school of Yamanouchi that was descended from dances that was long taught and performed in the Kyoto Imperial Palace, in Fuya-machi in Kyoto. Her disciple Kofuku succeeded as the second, then Kofuku’s disciple Fuji the next. However Fuji started the school of Yoshimura instead of calling herself the third. She moved to Osaka to be a dance teacher of maiko and geiko in the area of Nanchi and prospered as a choreographer of Ashibe Dance, a known performance by maiko and geiko of that area.

After Fuji’s death her desciple Yu inherited the second, then Yuko the third. Yuko passed away on June 1 in 1961. Yuki then inherited the fourth on May 30, 1962. It is Yoshimura school’s principle that the head masters should be inherited not by blood but by Gei or the art of dance.

March 1972

Dedicated by the 4th Head Master Yuki Yoshimura and all Natori, helped by all the disciples.”



After the visit, I am with my husband who came along in the midst of the heat.





Set two branches of autumn bell flowers as I was looking for a cool color in the season getting hotter and hotter.



Looking at an old video of the 4th head master Yuki Yoshimura, I was mesmerized to find how his posters look alike with the above ukiyoe painting.





下は、1995年9月15日に東京のNHKホールにおいて、リッカルド・ムーティさんが指揮をされたミラノ・スカラ座管弦楽団来日公演による映像ですが、「主よ 永遠の安息を彼らに与え 永遠の光で彼らを照らしてください」という言葉からはじまるヴェルディの「レクイエム」が、多くの人の希望の灯となったら、と思います。

Presently many theaters in the world are being closed due to the virus situation, same as dance performances of Kamigata-mai.

However, there was an announcement that the Scala Theater in Milan is going to reopen with Requiem by Verdi this September.

I humbly pray that the virus is dispelled and the people in the theater world can start working again.

Below is the video of Requiem by the orchestra of the Scala conducted by Riccardo Muti in 1995 in Tokyo. I simply hope that the Requiem that starts with “Grant them eternal rest, O Lord; and may perpetual light shine upon them” will be a light of healing and hope for the world and for the people.








Last weekend when the cherry blossomed so beautifully, we dedicated Jiuta-mai “Cha-ondo” (Rhythm of Tea) at Iwakura Shrine in my studio’s neighborhood.

One of the students was a professional singer Frauke Albert from Hamburg, Germany, who was staying in Kyoto for 3 months as part of the Artist Residency program at Goethe Institute in Kyoto.

Besides dance, she dedicated “Gion Kouta” and “Washi ga zaisho”, both are Kyoto country songs that she studied here for the last couple of months.

Because it was held outside, I decided to hold the dedication, in spite of the current situation.

I am deeply grateful for the Iwakura Shrine Association members who helped the event, and all the neighbors who showed up for the dedication.

The photos were taken by one of the neighbors.