FUKUDA Eika & MITSUHASHI Kifu Joint Concert in Indonesia Sounds of Japan - Koto, Shamisen and Shakuhachi

FUKUDA Eika & MITSUHASHI Kifu Joint Concert in Indonesia

The Japan Foundation will be organizing joint concerts in Medan, Jakarta and Surabaya – the three major cities of Indonesia – featuring two Japanese traditional performing arts musicians: koto and shamisen performer Eika Fukuda and shakuhachi player Kifu Mitsuhashi.

Fukuda and Mitsuhashi are experienced artists who have given numerous performances at home and abroad, including events organized by The Japan Foundation. As Special Advisors for Cultural Exchange, appointed by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, both strive to preserve and promote traditional Japanese performing arts outside of Japan.

Through their joint performances, instrument demonstrations and lectures, we hope to bring Indonesia the essence of Japanese classical music that relates to the unique inspiration and spirituality of Japan.

Term: October 18 (wed.) to October 26 (wed.)

Date: October 18, 2011 (Wed) 15:00~
Venue: Television of the Republic of Indonesia (TVRI)
Co-organizer: Consulate-General of Japan in Medan
Date: October 22, 2011 (Sat) 20:00~,
October 23, 2011 (Sun) 20:00~
Venue: Institut Kesenian Jakarta (IKJ) Teater Luwes
Co-organizer: Embassy of Japan in Indonesia
Date: October 26 (Wed) 19:00~
Venue: BG Junction
Co-organizer: Consulate-General of Japan in Surabaya


Eika Fukuda (Koto, Shamisen)

Eika Fukuda As a child, Eika Fukuda learnt how to play koto and shamisen from her father, Tanehiko Fukuda, before making her first stage appearance at the age of three. After graduating from the NHK Japanese traditional music training school (33rd graduating class) in 1988, she passed the NHK Japanese traditional music audition in the same year. In 1993, the year after she had her first recital, “Chieko Fukuda Concert,” Fukuda became the youngest winner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, National Arts Festival award. She solidified her reputation as a young, leading classical musician after receiving the superior prize at the 1997 National Arts Festival. In 1998 she released her first album, “Arts Festival Award Memorial Album - Akikaze no Kyoku.” After holding a music tour in Germany in 1999, she has since given many concerts overseas. In 2004 she became the third headmaster of the Mitsunonekai school. Following her appointment as Special Advisor for Cultural Exchange in 2008, she went on a solo tour of three Southeast Asian countries. She staged a Mitsunonekai school concert at the National Theatre in 2009 -- the same year of her succession to the name Eika Fukuda. She played a major role as producer and lead performer at the Shanghai Expo Japanese traditional songs and dance performance event in 2010.
Current headmaster of the Mitsunonekai school, Fukuda is also a board member of the Japan Sankyoku Association and Ikuta-ryu Association. Together with performances on stage, TV, radio, she engages in teaching activities and various other works for the introduction and promotion of cultural exchange and traditional Japanese performing arts. Her recent collaboration work with rock singer Demon Kakka drew much attention.

Kifu Mitsuhashi (Shakuhachi)

Kifu Mitsuhashi Kifu Mitsuhashi mastered Kinko-ryu Shakuhachi under Sofu Sasaki and Fuke Shakuhachi koten honkyoku with Chikugai Okamoto. He won the Agency for Cultural Affairs, National Arts Festival superior prize for his performances at the inaugural Kifu Mitsuhashi Shakuhachi concert in 1980. The following year, he won the Osaka Culture Festival Award. His 1989 solo concert earned him the National Arts Festival award. In 1994, he joined the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra led by conductor Kazushi Ono, as solo player on a tour of Europe. His performances at various venues across Europe, including London's Royal Festival Hall, won him much praise. Through 2004 to 2005, he became a member of the Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by Kent Nagano, they performed a total of 10 concerts of “November Steps,” a composition by Toru Takemitsu, at the Berlin Staatsoper, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and in Tokyo. Appointed as Special Advisor for Cultural Exchange by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2009, he based his activities in Sao Paulo and Seoul. The same year he was awarded the National Arts Festival Grand Prize, which was followed by The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Art Encouragement Prize and the Yokohama Culture Award in 2010. His ongoing unique collaboration series with Japanese rock singer Demon Kakka has marked its 12th year. Mitsuhashi has so far performed over 120 concerts outside of Japan in an effort to promote international exchange and Japanese culture overseas. A popular soloist who is often invited to play for orchestras at home and abroad, he is currently Kinko-ryu Shakuhachi Grandmaster and Kinko-ryu Shakuhachi Kifu-kai Headmaster.

  • Morihiko Yano: Assistant
  • Naoki Takahashi: Assistant

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