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“O-daiko Rehearsals for ‘Legend’” by Yosuke Kusa


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.

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“Kodo One Earth Tour: Legend” Europe Tour


“Kodo Village Dondo-yaki” by Mariko Omi


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.

photo: Mariko Omi

In the early evening we started to gather around, we sang a “Dondo-yaki” song, and set the fire alight.
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Happy New Year!


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Thank you in advance for your continued support in 2014.
From the Kodo ensemble

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… at snowy Kodo Village

 


Chieko Kojima Talk & Live “Beni no Kotobuki” by Chieko Kojima


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.

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We will appear on “Kohaku Uta Gassen.” [Takuro Susaki Dec. 31, 2013]


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With Ms. Sakamoto just before the performance at “Kohaku Uta Gassen”

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
http://www.kodo.or.jp/news/bangumi_en.html

 


Preparations for our year-end TV appearances are well under way. / Takuro Susaki Dec. 28, 2013


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.
http://fuyumi-fc.com/letter/index.php

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
http://www.kodo.or.jp/news/bangumi_en.html


Announcing TV Program Appearances


TBS “Japan Record Awards,” NHK “Kohaku Uta Gassen”

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!

Fuyumi Sakamoto

Fuyumi Sakamoto

55th Japan Record Awards

TBS (Nationwide broadcast)
Dec. 30 (Mon), 2013 17:00 – 22:00
(Time may differ in certain regions.)
*Kodo appearance time TBA.

64th Kohaku Uta Gassen

NHK General TV & Radio 1
Dec. 31 (Tue), 2013 19:00 – 23:45
*Kodo appearance time TBA.

WOWOW “New Year Special: Bando Tamasaburo no Bi”

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.

WOWOW Live
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”

Bando Tamasaburo Special Performances

Bando Tamasaburo Special Performances

Amaterasu

Amaterasu

 

 

 


Kodo Weblog Renovation


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!


“Kodo One Earth Tour 2013: Mystery” in Tokyo


We are winding up our year of touring with five back-to-back performances of “Kodo One Earth Tour 2013: Mystery” in Tokyo.

Ake no Myojo

Ake no Myojo

Miyake

Miyake

 


Introducing a new “Kodo x Shinzaburo Hanpu Collaboration Bag”!


20131207store370This 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!)

For orders in English, please email the Kodo Online Store (Email: store.eng@kodo.or.jp)

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