Saiou Tokiwazu is the artist Traditional Japanese music, Shamisen player. The shamisen is the most popular instrument in Edo era(1600-1872) in Japan.She plays the Shamisen, sometimes telling old stories, sometimes sings songs.
The sound of silkThe three strings of Shamisen is made of silk.Only selected silk made in Japan can make comfortable Shamisen sound.
“I have three important duty as the player of the Japanese classical music.
-Firstly, inherit the tradition of ancient people.
-Secondly, playing Shamisen music for modern people.
-Thirdly, passing down sprits of traditionl Japan to the next generation.
It is to express a Japanese heart that I value most.That is, passion and patience.
－A heart to love nature and the four seasons of the own country.
－A heart to love a family and a friend, a lover.
－A heart that it is understood and respects the partner who met newly.
I play the Shamisen wearing Japanese traditional folk costume, kimono.
Kimono is a very symbolic costume of ‘the patience’.
However, I also have’the passion’ as a person living in modern Tokyo.
Life is a journery of seeking the truth; it may be seeking the truth of the passion and the the patinece.”
２：The passion in mind-The restricting of movement sometimes bears the strong passion.
３：The calm-The moment is no sounds includes the limitless worlds. “I pray for her dancing goes well at the moment of no sounds.”
photo by Ryuta Yamaguchi, Kyoto friend
４：The restricted smile-The traditional Japanese musician is not permitted having a smile in time of the formally performance.
Restricted smile means the respect for the simplicity of the art.
5:Meeting with the different Culture-Meeting different culture is very important in my life, however it some times contains difficulties. It brings me a lot of experiences, and new ideas. When I met difficulties of understanding different culture, I was at a loss. Now I have learned understanding different culture needs time, more broaden heart, and patience.
6:Smile in private- Smiling for reliable friends. Smiling is the door for understanding the different cultures or making the future.
Shamisen class at TOHO MUSIC COLLEGE(extension center) /2015-2016
Movie work with Calligraphy / April,2017
photos by Yukiko Yamashita; commercial photographer
photo by Tomoyuki Nagata; photographer