WARIKI - Performance Tour in Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro: Performances lineup


Photo of Okoshi performance This is a festive chant with the Enburi festival of Aomori prefecture, the Northernmost area of Mainland of Japan, as its motif. Wearing horse-shaped hats and singing kotohogi – magical words to promise happiness – they dig the soil and dance on the ground in order to awaken the earth and pray for good harvest.


Photo of Aya-uchi performance Using an essence of Kanoura-Kagura (sacred dance and music) of Akita prefecture as a motif, they play taiko drums to bring much good fortune to everybody in the audience. The music comes from a play on the sound of the drums, heard as “dong-dong,” which, in Japanese, suggests many good things flowing.

Shishimai (Lion Dance)

Photo of Shishimai performance From ancient times, the lion has been seen as a messenger from the gods, possessing the power to dispel evil and make people’s wishes come true. In Japan, it is said that if you are bitten by a lion-dancer, you won’t catch cold, and if you are sick, you will get better. Shishimai is varied to perform all around Japan. Wariki’s Shishimai was inspired by one variation from Kagura in the country side of Tokyo.

Tsugaru shamisen Improvisation

Photo of Tsugaru shamisen performance 1 This features techniques of playing the Tsugaru shamisen developed by blind traveling entertainers (bosama) in the Tsugaru region of Aomori prefecture. The musician is free to improvise in different ways, such as by tapping strings and the skin simultaneously, picking strings from below with a plectrum, and plucking strings with the fingers.

Ninja Composed by Shunsuke Kimura

Photo of Tsugaru shamisen performance 2 An instrumental ensemble featuring two Tsugaru-shamisens, taking ninja (a group of secret agents active in feudal Japan) as its motif.

Torimai (Chicken Dance)

Photo of Torimai performance The chicken has heralded the arrival of dawn since ancient times. Torimai is a celebratory dance to bring daylight to the world by getting rid of evil spirits that dominate the darkness of night. Torimai is one of the folklore in Aomori.

Kochi (East Winds) Composed by Shunsuke Kimura

Photo of Tsugaru shamisen performance 3 In Japan, the cold winds from the north are called kitakaze. When the seasons change from winter to spring, the warm winds blow from the east. These winds are called kochi, and people welcome them with joy, as the winds are a sign of spring and make the flowers in the hills and fields blossom.

Shino-bue (Japanese transverse Flute) solo

Photo of shino-bue performance Will play one of the most popular folk song, Kojo no Tsuki (The Moon over the Ruined Castle, composed by Rentaro Taki (1879-1901)

Tori no youni (Like a bird) Composed by Tadao Sawai,1985

Photo of Modern Koto performance One of the master piece by the pioneer of Modern Koto music, Tadao Sawai. This piece implies that the peoples wish that if we could fly in the sky like a bird...which resembles of our minds and awakes for its desire by time to time. And for example, when longing something, or if pleased with something, it fulfills our minds and bring us into the sky like a bird.

“Koma no Gei” - Art of Spinning a top

Photo of Koma performance One of the street Performances originated in Fukuoka prefecture. It is used to be popular as a promotion Performance for the street spot sale of teeth paste in old days and now it comes to represent a fun of the local festival in Japan.

Shishiodori (Deer dance)

Photo of Shishiodori performance Folk dance originated in Iwate prefecture. the ornament fit on the hip is called Sarara, a pair of which are made of bamboo, which expresses ears of rice. Deer is traditionally called as an apostle of God as its horn’s a year-round rebirth resembles the growth of crops.

Danjiri-bayashi (festival floats music and dance)

Photo of Danjiri-bayashi performance Originated in Osaka. It is rooted that labour work of carrying rocks for Osaka Castle’s stone wall. Nowadays it becomes to bring a big fun music and dance of local festival. Colourful tempo and rhythm mix with drumming beat.

Jangara-nembutsu (Prayers’ dance)

Photo of Jangara-nembutsu performance Folk dance rooted in Fukushima prefecture. People dance for praying their ancestors with ringing a gong, calling the invocation of Amida Buddha (nembutsu). “Jangara”is an onomatopoeia of the sound of a gong “ Jang Jang Gara Gara” in Japanese.

Takeda-no-Komoriuta (Takeda Lullaby), and Sunayama (Sand Hill)

Photo of musicians playing Folklore song Folklore song rooted in Takeda, Kyoto, and one of most famous Children’s song Sunayama (Lyrics: Hakushu Kitahara, Composed by Shimpei Nakayama) played in Ensemble of Koto, Flute, Tsugaru-shamisen

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