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 years since the end of World War II.
All over the world, there were many disasters, accidents, and various other happenings. The resulting miserable conditions were an obstacle to the social trend of looking for a more comfortable life. People’s limitless desires seem to be destroying the world.
This year will come to an end in a month. We who are pursuing the performing arts should not only study and practice diligently in our own fields, but also, as members of society, look to the next generation and the future.
Now, we have reached the final moments of the year. Let us welcome the New Year in a spirit of reflection and hope.

Tsuruga Wakasanojo
Chairman, Shinnai Association
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