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“Antique CHABAKO – Boxes for Tea Utensils – Ebiya Style” Virtual Opening Reception

April 22, 2021

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm(EDT)
Friday, April 16, 2021, 8am – 9am (JST)

Organized by The Nippon Club
Supported by the J.C.C. Fund

Mr. Masahiro Miyake talked about “Antique Chabako”. After that, there were a presentation of the tea ceremony by Mr. Soju Nakazawa, an Omotesenke school teacher. The reception also featured a traditional Japanese dance performance by Yuko Nishikawa, the eldest daughter of a Living National Treasure, Senzo Nishikawa. She is the 10th generation head of the Nishikawa-Ryu (Nishikawa-style) school of traditional Japanese dance. She performed her original dance, “Oedo Nihonbashi,” accompanied by Nagauta shamisen (shamisen-accompanied traditional singing). It was created to commemorate the history of the Ebiya art store, which was moved from Kyoto to Edo at the time of the Meiji Restoration. Please enjoy the road from Nihonbashi to Kyoto with Ms. Nishikawa’s dance performance and Nagauta shamisen’s sound.

▷Click here to watch the webinar (YouTube)


■ Masahiro Miyake 9th Generation Owner, Ebiya Antique Art Store

He was born in 1962 at home/shop in Muromachi, Nihonbashi, where he grew up. After graduating from college, he was trained to become an art dealer. A long-established Ebiya Antique Art Store first opened in Kyoto in 1673. At the time of its establishment, Ebiya was a supplier of maki-e (gold-lacquerware), shikki lacquerware, and another home/room furnishing to shrines and temples. By the late Edo period, the list of its clientele included the Imperial Palace. In 1871 when the Emperor moved to Tokyo, former Edo, from Kyoto as the Meiji Restoration result, Ebiya also relocated its shop to Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district. During the Taisho period, they expanded into the antique art business. After World War II, they have operated as an antique art/modern art store.

▶︎Ebiya Antique Art Store

■ Soju Nakazawa Tea Ceremony Teacher of Omote-senke School

He was born in 1970 in Tokyo. Gcrowing up in a family of traditional arts performers, he became familiar with Cha-no-Yu (Tea Ceremony), traditional Japanese dance, and Kabuki theater play (His great uncle is the 3rd generation Kawarasaki Gonjuro, a Kabuki actor, and his great aunt is a conventional Japanese dancer and the head of Azuma-Ryu school of traditional Japanese dance). Utilizing his English skills, he has been hosting tea ceremonies and giving lectures abroad since 2000. In Japan, he conveys the fascination of traditional cultures through classes and school education programs.

■ Yuko Nishikawa

She began studying traditional Japanese dance at the age of 6 under her father, Senzo Nishikawa X, before moving onto study under Shigeka Hanayagi, a master dancer, when 22. She has performed, among others, in NHK (Japan Broadcasting Association) and National Theater-sponsored stage shows as well as for En-no-Kai. She has worked hard to promote traditional Japanese dance since 2014 through “Yuko-no-Shiori” and “Nihon Buyo-sai.” She currently heads Yuko-no-Kai (Yuko’s Club) and serves as a council member of Nihon Buyo Foundation, a Musubi-no-Kai board member, and a dance coach for Otsuma Nihon Buyo Club. She is also a part-time instructor at Kawamura Gakuen University. A recipient of the Agency for Cultural Affairs Art Excellence Award, she has choreographed “Izutsu” “Arabesuku (Arabesque),” ”Kaze-ya” and Dojo-Ji,” to name a few.