“SUMIZOME NO SAKURA”-The Black Cherry Blossom-

“SUMIZOME NO SAKURA” -The Black Cherry Blossom-

Art Performance Show

The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In Japan, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short.
This performance is a collaboration of Japanese Butoh Dance, Live painting, Ikebana and 25 string koto.
This event will be at Banryuji Temple, which has a more than 300 year old history.

Hiroe Kato (IKEBANA)
Tsugumi Yamamoto (25 STRING KOTO)

-Artist Profile-
Born in Gunma, Japan, Multi Media Artist
IBUKI KURAMOCHI specializes in artworks for exhibition;
and also specializes in live performances combining her live painting
and her Japanese Butoh dance.She graduated at the top of her class from the prestigious Asagaya College of Art and Design in Tokyo, majoring in Contemporary Art .She studied Butoh dance at the world renown Kazuo Ohno Butoh Dance Studio in Yokohama.
She has held a deep interest and passion in painting since her childhood   when she saw, for the first time, Ikuo Hirayama’s work about Silk Road Art. 
She works a lot with black and white, which represent the beginning and nothingness. In her paintings, we can find many themes like nature, the animal world in opposition with the human world, and eroticism.

Koto player. Started playing Koto naturally while she listened to her grandmother play her Koto as hobby. In 2002, became a trainee for the Program for Nurturing Upcoming Artists who lead the next generation, by the Agency of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan. Studies 25-string Koto under Soju Nosaka. After 1 year of training period, held the first recital with 25-string Koto. Later, started career as a 25-string Koto player. Performed in various overseas concerts hosted by Japan Foundation. In 2012, under Japan Foundation Performing Arts Japan, collaborated with artists overseas to make the production of movie and music, in United States, followed by North America Tour and recordings, which took 3 years. In 2014, released the solo 25-string Koto album called “Tsumugu” Starting from 2016, recital with 25-string Koto is held every year. In 2018, released by ALM Records the 2nd solo album called “Kizashi”(The Bigining 25-string Koto~). Collaborating with musicians of wide variety, such as modern music, improvisations, or even pops. Tsugumi is placing importance always, on the unification of herself with the instrument. By putting vocal expressions like songs and words, seeking more freedom in expression, searching for the further possibilities of the 25-string Koto.

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Last updated: 12 March, 2019

11 April, 2019

OPEN: 7:00pm START: 7:30pm

ADV: ¥3000 DOOR ¥3500


3-4-4, Shimomeguro,Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0064蟠龍寺-目黒区