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Friday, July 8, 2005

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Rites-of-passage folkchants

"Goiwai" (literally, "celebration") is a folk practice from a small town called Sugaguchi in the city of Tono, Iwate Prefecture. To celebrate the birth of a child or completion of a house, a female choir sings folksongs while a male chorus counterpoints with Noh chants. The program starts with the narration of folktales from Tono collected by ethnologist Kunio Yanagita and ends with three different songs played by three shamisen players.

The performance takes place from 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on July 20 at Kioi Hall, 6-5 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku. The hall is a seven-minute walk from Yotsuya station. Tickets are 3,000-4,000 yen yen.

(Listing courtesy of TokyoQ.com)



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