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National Theatre (Large Theatre)
February 2022 Shōmyō Performance
Sōhonzan Chishakuin no Shōmyō
Performance Date: Feburuary 5(Sat.), 2022
Performance Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
On Sōhonzan Chishakuin
Daimandara Kuyō Hōe
Sange Tsuki Taiyō
Cast:Shingon-shū Chisan-ha Sōhonzan Chishakuin
Cooperation with Tokyo-Seibu Kyōku Mangan-ji
*This performance has an intermisson.
*Audio guide: Not available.
*Subtitles: Available in Japanese.
*English synopsis is available. Please ask at the reception desk.
【1st Grade】 Adults 5,500 yen
Students 3,900 yen
【2nd Grade】 Adults 4,500 yen
Students 3,200 yen
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available from Dec.19(Sun.), 2021
The Chishakuin Temple is headquarters of the Chisan School of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, which is located in Higashiyama, Kyoto. It leads 3,000 branch temples nationwide, including the main temples Naritasan Shinshōji Temple, Kawasaki Daishi Heikenji Temple and Takaosan Yakuōji Temple. Their practices are in keeping with the orthodox academic traditions of Shingon kyōgaku (teaching and learning of the Shingon sect), and have been maintained continuously from the days of the founding of the sect Kōbō Daishi (the posthumous title of the priest Kūkai). It is said that the sect led as many as 3,000 novice priests at the peak of its prosperity; the Chishakuin Temple originally was called Gakuzan Chisan.
The Shōmyō maintained in the Chishakuin Temple is called “Chisan Syōmyō.” Nurtured by the cultural climate of Kyoto, the birthplace of elegant melodies called “Miyako-bushi onkai,” which developed mainly in the capital under the influence of Kyoto-based Gagaku, and also the distinctive atmosphere of the soft, slow miyako kotoba (Kyoto dialect), it has unique characteristics that differ from other Shōmyō. It also highlights splendid techniques such as yuri ― the act of finely raising or lowering the voice at intervals.