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Cherry Blossom Season: A Ditchling Celebration

with Japanese Music, Dance, Calligraphy and Cuisine

Thu 23 March 2023
6:00 pm
- 8:00 pm


Mark the beginning of the UK Cherry Blossom Season with this very special event celebrating Japanese culture, food and drink.

Enjoy a live koto performance from esteemed player Keiko Kitamura, a dance performance of Butoh, an avant-garde modern Japanese dance style by Yumino Seki and live performative giant calligraphy from Takako Higgs.

Your ticket includes exhibition entry to Shoji Hamada: A Japanese Potter in Ditchling and Japanese canapes and beverages.

About the Performers

Yumino Seki

Yumino Seki is a UK based Japanese dance artist and butoh practitioner who performs, teaches and collaborates to make cross-discipline performances.  She pushes the boundary of dance performance by cultural fusion of the UK and Japan. She was born and trained in both classical and contemporary dance in Japan.  Yumino is also teaching our Try Something New: Introduction to Butoh Dance workshop on Saturday 28th January

Keiko Kitamura

Keiko Kitamura was born in Fukuyama, Hiroshima prefecture, an area known for making high-quality traditional Japanese kotos. Her early years were spent studying koto, shamisen and vocals under the tutelage of her aunt Kyoko Kitamura, an Ikuta-ryu grand master. She is based in the UK and has worked extensively with a variety of traditional Japanese and contemporary Western musicians. Highlight performances to date include the London Olympic Festival, the BT River Of Music, Glastonbury Festival, Ronnie Scotts and BBC Radio 3. She was an award winner for her koto composition at the Miyagi Michio Memorial Contest 2014. She is a member of the SO-DO Academy of Music which is led by Tomoko Sunazaki

Takako Higgs

Takako Higgs is a professional calligrapher and the owner of Takako Calligraphy and Arts. She has been learning calligraphy since she was 6 years old with Shugai Nishiyama, one of the top calligraphers in Japan. She is qualified to 5 Dan grade as a calligrapher and has won many prizes in calligraphy competitions including the Judge’s Special prize from the National Calligraphy Association of Japan. Her work has been displayed in the National Museum of Japan and she has produced calligraphy for TV set design. Recently she took part in the Guinness World Record for the longest piece of Calligraphy and produced a 104-metre piece!

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