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Sakai Jishi (Kinko Ryu)


This is a piece of genre Koten from the Kinko Ryû - 琴古流 School.

History (John Singer):

The term "shishi" (phonetically changeable to "Jishi") is translated as "lion" but can also refer to a deer or dog having magical properties and used to avoid evil spirits. Throughout the history of performing, from the ancient arts of Gagaku and Gigaku (masked musical performance) to Kabuki dance, in any musical performance at any social level, "Shishi" is a very common subject.

"Sakai" (the name of a city and also translated using a different Chinese character which means "prosperity") is close in performing style to the Takuhatsu pieces and was composed and arranged to be played as a duet.

This piece was transmitted by Omuri Sogun and added into the Kinko Ryu Honkyoku repertoire. It used to be performed around the Sakai area of Osaka. Though the Chinese character for "Sakai" was changed at the time of transmission, it was originally the same character as that of the place.

Sakai Jishi (Kinko Ryu) appears on the following albums

Complete Collection of Honkyoku from the Kinko School - Vol 2 - Disc 2 Aoki Reibo II

Kinko Ryu Honkyoku - 6 Aoki Reibo II

Music For Two Shakuhachi Andreas Fuyu Gutzwiller

Shakuhachi no Shinzui-Shakuhachi Honkyoku - 06 Yamaguchi Goro

The International Shakuhachi Society - 2018