Creole Japan Travel - Folk songs by anonymous singers

Setagaya Culture Life Information Center, Seikatsu-Kobo

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“Singing traveler” Mio Matsuda introduces a range of traditional folk songs discovered on her travels through Brazil, Hawaii and Japan.
As author of the CD book “Creole Japan,” Matsuda uses the word “Creole” to conjure to the diversity and regionalism inherent to Japanese culture. In her own voice she vividly relates the memories and personal histories of various groups through sharing the songs they sung while laboring and in prayer. Hear about the experiences of the Japanese who traveled to Hawaii and Brazil, the Christians who lived in Iojima Island in Nagasaki Prefecture, and the Kobiki of Ijya in Tokushima Prefecture. Matsuda moves away from the uniform image of Japan to express the diverse “Creole” landscape these songs reflect.
In addition to hearing the folk songs, you can also see videos about their history, music records, and other documents collected by her in this exhibition. Experience the lives of others through music.

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“Mini Live Performance and Talk Event: Creole Japan Travel”
Event that delves into the contents of this exhibition and invites you to hear songs that evoke memories of the distant past.
Date: July 9 (Sun) 14:00-15:30 (break included)
Venue: Workshop Room B
Performers: Mio Matsuda (voice), Masaki Tsurugi (keyboard), Ryo Watanabe (percussion), Yasuo Hiraishi (voice)
Capacity: 30 (priority given to those with bookings)
Admission: ¥2,000
*Bookings can be made as of 10:00 on May 25 by telephone(03-5432-1543)or online.
*Admission is free for preschool children if no seat is required.
*Please see the official website for further details.
*Event in Japanese

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from 6月 17, 2017 to 7月 23, 2017
Exhibition Hours: 9:00-20:00

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Mio Matsuda

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