松豊会は1966年より米国カリフォルニア州を中心に活動している民謡・端唄グループです。 現在50名以上の生徒さんが在籍しており、言語・年齢を問わずさまざまな方が三味線・唄のお稽古に日々励んでおります。 2006年にはNPO法人を設立し、春夏秋冬を通し40以上のショーを催し アメリカで日本文化の要である邦楽のすばらしさを広める活動を行っております.
Matsutoyo Kai was established in Northern California by Matsutoyo Sato in1966 shortly after she arrived from Japan. For ten years Matsutoyo Kai was based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In 1976 Matsutoyo Sato moved to the Los Angeles area extending the reach of Matsutoyo Kai to the Southern California area, where it is now based.
In 2006 Matsutoyo Kai became a nonprofit organization. The primary objective and purpose of Matsutoyo Kai shall be to pass on the Traditional Music of Japan and to create and leave a Japanese music Legacy. Part of that purpose is to provide instruction in singing, shamisen, taiko, and ka-ne and to give public performances in Japanese Folk and Classical Music. With Matsutoyo Sato as Artistic Director we will continue to expand Matsutoyo Kai, keeping this rare “Art” of Japanese History alive.
Dance by Mai No Kai & Bando Hidesomi Nihon Buyo Class - 1. Genroku Hanami Odori - Edo 2. Hanagasa Ondo - Yamagata ken 3. Ichikawa Monju - Yamanashi ken 4. Akita Jinku - Akita ken 5. Donpan Bushi - Akita ken The first song is called "Genroku Hanami Odori", which describes the merriment of cherry-blossoms viewing at Ueno hill (present Ueno Park in Tokyo, a famous cherry blossoms viewing place) in the Genroku Era (1688 - 1704).
Folk songs are universal songs passed down for many generations. While Japan had been a maritime country, it was also an agricultural country centered on rice farming. In Japan, work songs have been the mainstream of folk songs. Their lyrics often started with a prayer for a good harvest and prosperity.
Folk songs have breathed the lives of people in a free environment, with no need for special protection for a long time. Even in a small, narrow country such as Japan, from ancient times people have passed on many songs that were cherished in their local land and climate. The prayers of true hearts and old emotions have thus survived.
Folk songs are a form of “encyclopedia” for understanding Japan, and one can think that singing folk songs contributes to the upbringing of Japanese people from childhood. A folk song is much the same as a natural and beautiful plant or flower that is not on public display or shown to an audience.
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