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Japanese Language and Culture Workshop

The Sound of Japan
- Koto and Shakuhachi –

Just as the iconic sight of Mount Fuji immediately elicits the spirit of Japan, so do the sounds of the traditional Japanese instruments, the koto and shakuhachi. From traditional compositions that conjure images of times gone by, to modern masterpieces that paint pictures of contemporary Japan—the wide range of music played by the koto and shakuhachi weaves a rich tapestry of Japanese culture through sound.

In this workshop, you will have a chance to:

  • Listen to koto, shakuhachi and vocals, in traditional and modern Japanese music
  • Discover the history and features of the instruments
  • Explore the language of the Japanese folk song “Sakura” (Cherry Blossoms), and sing with live accompaniment
  • Have a hands-on experience with the instruments
We welcome all Japanese learners from beginners to advanced levels to join this workshop. This is a rare opportunity to explore Japanese through music.

About the performancers
Bronwyn Kirkpatrick is a master of the shakuhachi who studied with shakuhachi grand-master Dr Riley Lee. Bronwyn has played with the Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Sydney Dance Company and TaikOz. Awards and prizes including a Churchill Fellowship and an Australia Council Skills and Arts Development Grant have enabled her to further her studies with shakuhachi masters in Japan. Bronwyn has performed nationally and internationally as a solo and collaborative artist.
Shoko Ono is a koto player and teacher who studied under Kazue Sawai in Japan and Satsuki Odamura in Australia. Shoko has performed with The Sawai International Koto School, The Australian Chamber Orchestra, Riley Lee, Taikoz, and the Darlinghurst Theatre Company. She has appeared in events such as the Sydney Festival and the Asian Music and Dance Festival. Shoko has performed in many venues around Sydney, including the Sydney Opera House.
Bronwyn and Shoko have been performing together for many years. They regularly hold workshops in community and school settings.


Date: Saturday 25 June 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 4:00pm
The Japan Foundation Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008
*Lift access to level 4 (No escalators)
Course Fee: General: $30.00 / JPF Member: $25.00
Class Size: Max: 30 / Min: 10
Participants: No experience in Japanese language study required
Minimum Age: 18 years
Enrolment: 1. Submit your application form.
2. After receiving your invoice via e-mail, make payment.
3. You will receive an e-mail confirming your enrolment.
You are enrolled!
*Alternatively, you can submit a Word or PDF version of your application form via e-mail
Application form (Word)
Application form (PDF)
Submit to:

The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway
Chippendale NSW 2008

Please note: 1. The deadline is 15 June 2016.
2. You will receive your invoice within 3 business days.
3. Payment instructions will be on your invoice.
4. Applications are taken on a first come, first served basis.
In the case that enrolment does not reach the minimum number of 10, the course may be cancelled.
Course fees will not be refunded unless the course is cancelled due to low enrolment numbers.
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