In Kyoto’s Minamiyamashiro region, tea production techniques were established and
different types of green tea were developed. These include the matcha used in the tea ceremony, sencha
for daily tea consumption, and gyokuro, which is regarded as one of the finest grades of green
Visitors to this region can experience the different developmental stages in the history of tea production through the beautiful tea fields, rows of wholesale shops and tea related festivals.
Let's go for a walk through the 800-year History of Japanese Tea!
Navigator ／ Marty Friedman
I like the moment when I'm composing a music interacting with co-performers.
In its unique style of reciting on a zabuton (cushion), Rakugo can express infinite images to the audiences. Please enjoy the world created by the art of words.
Kyomai Jiuta "Chaondo"
Inoue Yasuko, Kikudera Tomoko, Kikuho Fumiko
Kyomai is a traditional dance performed in Kyoto. “Cha Ondo” is a song related to tea ceremony, where tea utensils and tea leaf brands appear in lyrics, portraying the relationship of man and woman.
Imafuji Masako, Imafuji Wakami, Imafuji Chozaburo, Imafuji Toshiyuki, Tosya Kisho, Nakamura Jukei, Nakamura Shoya, Tosya Kiyoho
“Echigo Shishi” is a popular Nagauta (Japanese classical music) song composed in 1811 (overnight, according to some sources) as music for Kabuki dance. The song tells about Echigo (ancient name for Niigata prefecture), featuring young street performing boys.
Guitarist, songwriter, and producer. Born in Washington D.C., USA. Became familiar with Japanese culture after visiting Japan frequently as the guitarist of a worldwide heavy metal band. In 2004, relocated to Japan. Acts widely as a multi artist. Appears in TV programs, radios, commercials, and movies. Interested in studying Japanese, travel, and fashion. Ambassador of Japan Heritage since November, 2016.
Became the pupil of Katsura Kiccho on Jan 10th, 1999, performed in March of that year as his first stage. After graduating from high school, became an apprentice to Katsura Beicho (a living national treasure), finished his training in 2003. He not only performs Rakugo, but also engages in traditional performing arts, such as the script writing for Kabuki and Joruri (dramatic narrative chanted to a samisen accompaniment).
The eldest daughter of Inoue Yachiyo, the head of Inoue school of Kyomai. Studied under Yachiyo Ⅳ(her great-grandmother) and Ⅴ, both living national treasures. Masters degree from the Kyoto University of Art and Design. Teaches dance at Yasaka Nyokoba Gakuen(a private school where traditional performing arts are taught). Has received many awards.
Born in 1966. Became a pupil at the age of 9. In 1985, entered the Osaka University of Arts, specialized in nagauta music. Studied under the head of school Imafuji Chojuro Ⅳ, Imafuji Ayako(a living national treasure), and others. In 1989, succeeded the professional name, Imafuji Chozaburo. He acts mainly in Kansai region. Interested in tea ceremony and traditional gardening which has continued from Edo period.
Born in Tokyo. Learned Nagauta from her uncle Imafuji Masataro (a living national treasure) and Hayashi (musical accompaniment) from her grandmother Tosha Seiko. Masters degree from the Tokyo University of the Arts, faculty of music, department of traditional Japanese music. Concentrates as a singer in the nagauta performances since then. Performs in concerts, dance recitals, and NHK TV programs around Tokyo. A part-time instructor at the Kunitachi College of Music. Likes to eat around and watch comedy.
Born in Kyoto. Masters degree from the Tokyo University of the Arts, faculty of music. Acts widely as performer, composer, and producer. Received the Planning Prize of the 54th Japan Record Award by the colloquial style Shamisen music album, “Kushimitama Sakimitama,” which he has planned and composed. Interested in water grass aquarium, visiting theaters, creation, cars, and watches.
Born in Kyoto. Since his early age, studied under his father and Tosha Seiko. Started performing at the age of 17. In 2000, succeeded the professional name, Nakamura Jukei Ⅱ. Now he appears in Kabuki performances, concerts, classical dance performances and others around Kansai area. In 2017, will succeed the professional name, Nakamura Jukaku Ⅳ, the head of school. Work is his life and passion.
Born in Kyoto. Works in Uji City Historical Museum, engages in dissemination and exhibition dealing Uji in Edo period. Uji tea is one of the main themes of this museum. Author of “Daimyo and Tea master,” “Era of the green tea,” and others.
2 July, 2017
Mampuku-ji Temple Obaku-sect Head Temple
34 Gokasho Sanbanwari, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011
5 mins walk from JR Nara Line and Keihan Uji Line Obaku station
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