My Journey as a Flute Player in the Awa Dance Group

Japanese Traditional Dance: Music and Dancers in Sui-ren

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15 Apr

Practice for Taiwan performance tour

I am going to Taiwan by the end of this month for a performance tour. I am a member of “All Koenji Team” that is consists of 160 dancers and band members. I have joined the team as a flute player.

We had our first practice yesterday. Most of the songs we played were the same that I played at the Furusato festival, which was held last January. The members are familiar, too.

This team is divided to two teams. One team stays in Taipei and the other one travels from south to north. I belong to the second team, so we perform in Kaoshun which is located south of Taiwan and then move to Uinrin the middle, and finally arrive in Taipei. The last performance is going to be participated by all 160 members.

I have a very close friend in Kaoshun, and she and her daughter are going to see our perform on stage. It’s so exciting!
13 Apr

Japanese guitar “Shamisen”

I started learning to play the Japanese guitar called “Shamisen” last July. My team, Suiren has no Shamisen player yet. So I decided to start playing it.

This is the first time for me to play Shamisen. It was not easy at first because I had no experience to play even the usual guitar. The difficult part for me is turning the tuning peg. I have to listen carefully and turn the peg.
While playing, Shamisen easily loosens its strings, so I have to turn it back. It takes time to get used to it.

A few days ago, my friend gave me a good Shamisen! I brought it to my Shamisen teacher to ask her to send it to an instrumental shop to have it fixed. She said it is a great one! I feel that I have to practice a lot to play it well.

I am sure that I love to play Japanese flute but I also love to play Shamisen. I can feel my progress as a beginner of Shamisen. I hope to be able to play it on a summer festival in two years.


This shamisen is under repair!
5 Mar

The Furusato Festival Tokyo in 2019

I joined "The Furusato Festival Tokyo." at Jaunuary 12th and 13th. I was a member of "All Koenji Team" that consist of 270 dancers and band members. I played Japanese flute with other 15 flutists. I longed to perform in this festival held in Tokyo Dome which is the biggest baseball stadium in Tokyo.

We practiced for 2 moths and tried to play with perfect harmony. We had 4 stage performances for 2days. It was a great experience I felt that I would love to play the flute throughout this event!

I felt that I was able to join this activity because many people made an effort for the success of this event. The leaders of band members create music to support dancers and the leaders of the dancers think of the formation and movements on stage.

All I could do was to take part in this event... I hope I can support them in the future.

Thank you for everyone especially friends and family who supported this event,

Another thing that made me so happy was the hand-made flute case that our team member made for 16 flute players! It's so kind of him.


About the writer
Mayuko Kurosaka

She is a member of Sui-ren. She is a flutist. She's been performing for more than 6 years for the group. She was born in Kawagoe an old city in Saitama. She learned to play traditional instrument when she was a young or a kid. She works as a freelance writer.
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