We’re packing in the rehearsals for “One Earth Tour: Legend” that begins at the end of January.
Today Masayuki is making minor adjustments to his “O-daiko” solo, working hard in preparation for opening night.
We had our village “Dondo-yaki” today, which we always have on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar year, January. “Dondo-yaki” is a New Year’s bonfire when we burn New Year’s decorations.
In the early evening we started to gather around, we sang a “Dondo-yaki” song, and set the fire alight.
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Thank you in advance for your continued support in 2014.
From the Kodo ensemble
… at snowy Kodo Village
My special event “Beni no Kotobuki” went very well thanks to the wonderful guests, Kodo members, and the great audience.
If you didn’t get to come along, here are some candid shots by photographer Maiko Miyagawa of what you missed.
Today we will play taiko to accompany singer Fuyumi Sakamoto on the tv program “Kohaku Uta Gassen.” The rehearsal went well and we took a picture with Ms. Sakamoto. Our performance is around 20:30. Don’t miss it!
Kodo: Announcing TV Program Appearances
Kodo will be appearing on the televised “Japan Record Awards” on December 30 and “Kohaku Uta Gassen” on the 31st.
Today we had a rehearsal for the Japan Record Awards. A couple of months ago, we took part in the recording of Fuyumi Sakamoto’s enka song “Otoko no Himatsuri,” but today was actually our first time performing with her on stage.
Have a look at the photo Fuyumi Sakamoto took with us, it’s on her blog.
Masayuki Sakamoto (shown in the photo) took part today as a stand-in for Tomohiro Mitome who couldn’t make it to the rehearsal. For the awards show, the original recording cast will be performing: Tomohiro Mitome, Mitsuru Ishizuka, and Tsuyoshi Maeda. For the “Kohaku Uta Gassen” performance, Masayuki Sakamoto and Yuta Sumiyoshi will join in too, cheering on Fuyumi Sakamoto with our upbeat taiko.
Please tune in!
Kodo Website TV Appearance Announcement
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”
We have given the Kodo Weblog a brand new look. We will be making regular updates, so please keep an eye out for new posts!
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!)