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Spirit of Japan: Shinto & Gagaku Traditional Japanese Religion and Court Music
Spirit of Japan: Shinto & Gagaku  Traditional Japanese Religion and Court Music
WhenFriday, Nov. 22, 2019, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Shinto, Japan’s indigenous religion, long predates Buddhism’s arrival in 6th century Japan via China and Korea. Even today, the vast majority of Japanese people continue to visit Shinto shrines on seasonal and auspicious occasions throughout the year. Unlike most organized religions, however, Shinto has no original founder, no formal doctrines, and no holy scriptures.

In this presentation, Moriyasu Ito, Hiroyuki Otaki and Atsuyoshi Torii, priests from Tokyo’s Meiji Jingu ̧ one of Japan’s most important shrines, will discuss the inter-relationship between Shinto, nature, and the Japanese way of life. A short recital of gagaku, traditional Japanese court music, played on three wind instruments –sho (harmonica), hichiriki (piccolo), and fuye (flute) – will provide an echo in time and space from ancient Japan. Following the recital, audience members will have a chance to try these instruments themselves.

Come experience this important aspect of traditional Japan and learn and about Shinto from those who practice it.



Campus locationUW Tacoma Tioga Library Building (TLB)
Campus room307B
Event typesPerformances, Special Events, Student Activities
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