The Words of Our Founders Are Precious

(from the printed program, Shinnai Concert, Part III, June 1, 2019, concert) Takemoto Gidayu, the founder of gidayu, left the following message: “Teachers use words; keiko (training) comes from the be~

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Message from Tsuruga Wakasanojo

(from the printed program, February 25, 2018, student recital) The year flew by, didn’t it. It’s again the season for the first performance of the year. Last year, my health deteriorated, and I took s~

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Greeting from Tsuruga Wakasanojo

(From the printed program, Tsuruga Wakasanojo Shinnai Concert, held in Kioi Hall, Tokyo, November 29, 2017) Only one month is left in this year. I would like to express my sincere thanks for your cont~

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Message from Tsuruga Wakasanojo

(from the printed program, Sept. 3, 2017, Yukata Kai) Thank you very much for coming to today’s Yukata Kai, despite the hot weather. It’s already September, so there’s not much time left for summerlik~

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Angry Nature

(From the printed program, Shinnai Association-sponsored July 30, 2017, concert) Floods due to torrential rains have produced heavy damage in various parts of Japan, and the lives of many people were ~

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Message from Tsuruga Wakasanojo

(from the printed program, March 4, 2017, student recital) Pleasant days with mild spring temperatures have ben continuing. There seems to be a lot of turbulence in the world. Please join us this afte~

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Welcome Message

From the printed program for the concert in honor of the 300th Anniversary of the Birth of Tsuruga Wakasanojo I, and Ceremony in honor of Tsuruga Isekichi becoming iemoto of the Bunke branch of the Ts~

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Creating New Shinnai Works

Tsuruga Wakasanojo, President, Shinnai Association It is sad but true that the traditional cultural arts of Japan are disappearing. This is well known. Among those traditional arts are the musical per~

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Tsuruga Wakasanojo Shinnai Yukata Kai 2016

Message from Tsuruga Wakasanojo This summer was exciting because of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, wasn’t it. I was encouraged by the Japanese athletes’ performance. The fragrance of summer is ling~

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The Sounds of Summer in Japan

Tsuruga Wakasanojo, President, Shinnai Association The Summer Olympic Games are now being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Watching the Japanese athletes, I’ve fluctuated between joy and disappointment~

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Sakura, Ume, Momo, and Sumomo

Tsuruga Wakasanojo, President of the Shinnai Association Spring, with its gentle breezes, has arrived. Nature has changed its attire from cold winter to pleasant spring. One by one, the flowering tree~

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Creating New Shinnai Works

Tsuruga Wakasanojo, Chairman, Shinnai Association The sad fact that the traditional cultural arts of Japan are disappearing is well known. The performance of Japanese traditional music is one of the a~

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Greeting

Tsuruga Wakasanojo, Sponsor of this concert November was warm this year. I hope that you are in good health and ready for the busy year-end period. Thank you very much for your generous continuing sup~

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The way of life-long training

Tsuruga Wakasanojo Chairman, Shinnai Association (from the printed program, September 27, 2015, concert) People say, “In life, there are good times and bad”, and “Comfort is a source of discomfort, an~

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Welcoming the End of the Year

(from the printed program, December 6, 2015, concert) This year was a milestone year in many respects. If the Showa Era had continued, this would have been the 90th year of that era. It is also 70 yea~

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Rakugo and Me, Me and Rakugo

Tsuruga Wakasanojo The first time I heard rakugo was on the radio, when I was in the fifth grade of elementary school. It was Kokontei Shinsho V performing Awabinoshi. I remember clearly that I was so~

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Tsuruga Wakasanojo Shinnai Yukata Kai 2015

A Message from Tsuruga Wakasanojo (From the printed program for the September 6, 2015, student concert) Thank you very much for coming today. This past summer, the terrible heat continued day after da~

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Concerns About the Future of Shinnai

(From the printed program, March 29, 2015, concert) This year, cold temperatures continued unusually long into Spring, but at last the sakura (cherry blossom) front is moving north, and the Japanese a~

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Revival of Shinnai in a Milestone Year

(From the printed program, February 28, 2015, concert) If the Showa calendar were continuing now, this would be the 90th year in the Showa system. Furthermore, it is a milestone year, because this yea~

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Greetings

(From the printed program, February 1, 2015, Traditional Japanese Culture Class for Parents and Children) Japan, unlike every other country in the world, does not treat its own traditional entertainme~

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Hectic December…

(From the Printed Program , December 7, 2014) In the past, people used to be very busy at the end of the year, settling their accounts. However, these days, this custom seems to have faded away. This ~

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Music is vibrating energy

(From the printed program, September 21, 2014) Since music is a matter of listening, it comes into the body through the ears and, affecting the five senses, it reaches the hearts and minds of the list~

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Japan is a Country with Abundant Water

(From the printed program, August 3, 2014) It’s as if the Japanese archipelago is tortured by water. There is a spring rainy season (natane tsuyu in Japanese), and, after that, another rainy sea~

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Temporary flowers and genuine flowers

(from the printed program, March 23, 2014) The Olympic Games, a sports festival occurring once every four years, have come to a spectacular conclusion. People used to say that it was meaningful simply~

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Message from Tsuruga Wakasanojo

(From the printed program at the March 1, 2014, recital of his students) Thank you very much for coming today. We had a lot of snow, didn’t we. I had to work diligently to shovel snow for the fi~

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Message from Tsuruga Wakasanojo

(From the printed program at the September 7, 2013, recital of his students) Thank you very much for coming today. It was terribly hot this summer. Despite the intense heat, were you OK? Somehow I got~

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The Rainy Season, Hydrangeas, and Tanabata

Comments by Wakasanojo from the Printed Program (July 7, 2013, Shinnai Godo Kenshu Concert, Kagurazaka Theater) Now, in the middle of the year, it is the rainy season, the season when hydrangeas are i~

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A Message from Tsuruga Wakasanojo

A Message from Tsuruga Wakasanojo From the Program Notes for the September 2, 2012, Yukata Kai Thank you for coming today in such hot weather. This year, everyone has been fussing: “It’s h~

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Showing is Better than Telling

Best wishes for your health in this hot season. In the past, people probably practiced every day. That must have been very hard work for both the teacher and the students. Teachers had to know many pi~

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Sachiko Kobayashi and Tsuruga Wakasanojo

May 27, 2012, Television Program Recently, I’ve been interviewed a lot on TV. This time, the program I was interviewed for is a talk show hosted by a famous enka star, Sachiko Kobayashi. For thi~

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鶴賀若狭掾 インターネットテレビに出演

フジTV系のインターネットテレビに鶴賀若狭掾が出演しています。 「大杉 漣の連写でGO」 神楽坂編 ④ http://misanga.fujitv.co.jp/episode/479 俳優の大杉 漣さんが神楽坂を散策する中で若狭掾の稽古場を訪ねて新内についておしゃべりする風景が紹介されています。 どうぞご覧ください。

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A Message from Tsuruga Wakasanojo

A Message from Tsuruga Wakasanojo (From the program notes for the February 26, 2012, student concert) The cold weather this winter reminds me of how cold it used to be in the past. Last year, I perfor~

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Tsuruga Wakasanojo XI on NHK Television

Date: Friday, January 27, 2012 Time: 10:15 p.m. to 10:58 p.m. Channel: NHK-E (Educational TV, Channel 2) Program: “Try a Taste of Shinnai” Selections from two classic shinnai works: &#8211~

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Comments by Tsuruga Wakasanojo XI

(From the Program of Recital December 18, 2011) There are only two weeks left in this year, which has been an ordeal for Japan. During the national crises, I was in foreign countries, in order to perf~

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Shinnai Association-sponsored concert

A Year of Natural and Man-Made Disasters (Comments from the program of a Shinnai Association-sponsored concert December 4, 2011 ) There is only one month left in 2011. I would like to extend my deepes~

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I’m going to go to Poland to perform.

From March 13 to March 20, I’ll be in Poland for performances. In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth, many competitions and other musical events are being held there.~

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Yesterday was Mother’s Day

Yesterday was Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day has a much warmer image than Father’s Day, I think. Everyone has a mother, everyone had a mother. I had a wonderful mother. From my birth, we~

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