This year Kodo took part in the recording of Fuyumi Sakamoto’s latest enka (traditional-style Japanese popular ballad) song, “Otoko no Himatsuri” (Men’s Fire Festival), which went on sale on October 2. We are pleased to announce that Fuyumi Sakamoto has been awarded a Japan Record Award for best song and has been invited to perform “Otoko no Himatsuri” on the New Year’s Eve program “Kohoku Uta Gassen.” Kodo is honored to join Ms. Sakamoto on stage for these televised performances. This is the first time since the recording that we have had the opportunity to perform together. If you are in Japan, we hope you will tune in!
TBS (Nationwide broadcast)
Dec. 30 (Mon), 2013 17:00 – 22:00
(Time may differ in certain regions.)
*Kodo appearance time TBA.
NHK General TV & Radio 1
Dec. 31 (Tue), 2013 19:00 – 23:45
*Kodo appearance time TBA.
On New Year’s Day in 2014, a special program featuring some of the recent works of Tamasaburo Bando will be aired in Japan. The program has three parts, two of which feature Kodo: Part 2 shows the “Tamasaburo Bando Special Performances” at Kanamaru-za in November 2012 and Part 3 shows the “Amaterasu” performance at Minami-za in October 2013.
January 1 (Wed), 2014 from 13:00
Part 1: 13:00 – Tamasaburo Bando’s Universe PART 1
“Kyogano Komusume Dojoji,” “Yokihi”
Part 2: 14:40 – Tamasaburo Bando’s Universe PART 2
Kanamaru-za “Yuki,” “Kanegamisaki,” “Ibuki”
Part 3: 16:30 – Tamasaburo Bando x Kodo “Amaterasu”
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We are winding up our year of touring with five back-to-back performances of “Kodo One Earth Tour 2013: Mystery” in Tokyo.
This bag, featuring the uroko (scale) design on Kodo’s stage costumes, was made in collaboration with the famous Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu store in Higashiyama, Kyoto. A limited number are available at Kodo concert venues and from the Kodo Online Store, so be in quick to get yours! (We’re not sure if more will be made, so don’t miss out!)
On December 10 and 11, I went to see our “School Workshop Performances” in Niigata. The Kodo performers adapted to suit the students’ reactions, which is always different at each school, and tried to give as much of their energy as possible to their audiences. I was able to see just how much they could draw the students in, so the performances were very interesting, but at the same time, it looked like tough work.
Our taiko workshops are always popular at each school. This tour includes performances not only in schools, and also at some theaters, so I am looking forward to seeing our cast grow through their experiences of many different performance situations!
*On this tour, one of the 2nd-year Kodo apprentices has joined the cast to gain practical experience as a Kodo member.
“Kodo One Earth Tour 2013: Mystery” had its opening night on Sado Island and since then we have been touring in Japan. The second performance was at Aichi Prefectural Art Theater in Nagoya, Aichi. Right up until the last concert in Tokyo, we will do our best to bring each audience a great performance. We look forward to seeing you all at the theater!