Traditional Japanese music at Himawari


An 11-member Japanese group will be arriving next month to hold a one-night concert featuring traditional Japanese music using the three-stringed shamisen instrument.

The concert will be held on March 31, from 6pm to 8pm at the Himawari Multipurpose Hall, which has a sitting capacity of 300. Tickets are $10 each and doors open at 5:30pm.

Himawari Saipan Inc. owner Itsuro Hosoda, through interpreter and manager Keisuke Noguchi, said that the visiting group’s concert is part of their 10th anniversary celebration.

“This is the first time that we bring in the group of shamisen musicians here on Saipan. The leader of the group is my best friend. The members have been to Saipan, they regularly visited Saipan. But this will be their first time as a group,” said Hosoda.

“My friend usually visits Saipan for sightseeing so I asked him, ‘why not come here with your group and play traditional Japanese music with your shamisen.’”

The group will arrive on March 29 and will visit the Banzai Memorial on March 31 where they will also hold a 30-minute performance starting at 9am. They will also perform in front of the mana’mko at the Office of the Aging Center from 10:30am to 11am.

The concert is organized with the cooperation of the Marianas Visitors Authority and the Japanese Students Society of the Northern Marianas.

For more information, call Himawari at 233-1530 to 31.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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