2021 / Cultural News’ Webinar on “Traditional Japanese Music: Shakuhachi” Jan. 11, 7-8PM, PST

“Miracle Nigh by Cultural News” is a new format to meet people in the new situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Utilizing Zoom Webinar systems, “Miracle Night”  introduces artists and specialists on Japanese culture.

On Monday, Jan. 11 at 7:00 pm, “Miracle Night” will focus on Shakuhachi music. Guests will include David Neptune, filmmaker of “Words Can’t Go There.”

His film depicts the life time achievement of renowned shakuhachi master John Kaizan Neptune (photo). Los Angeles-based traditional Japanese music players will talk too.

Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yC9N0nIjQLCTJzxJW88Qjw
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Miracle Night by Cultural News
Traditional Japanese Music: Shakuhachi
Monday, January 11, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, PST
Tuesday, January 12, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Japan Time


Why do I like Japanese traditional Japanese music?

Elliot Kanshin Kallen, Shakuhachi Player and Teacher in Santa Rosa

Shawnee Schroeder, Shakuhachi Player and Shakuhachi Maker in Simi Valley

Bill Shozan Schultz, Shakuhachi Plater and Teacher in Los Angeles

Mike Penny, Shamisen Player in Los Angeles

Kenny Endo, Taiko Player in Hawaii


Why I do I play Japanese traditional music in the U.S.?

Saeko Kujiraoka, Koto Player in Los Angeles
Ken Koshio, Taiko Player and Teacher in Phoenix


Why is Japanese traditional music interesting for Americans?

Alan Gleason, Editor of ArtScape of Japan in Tokyo


7:30PM – 7:45PM

Why did John Neptupe go to Japan to learn Shakuhachi 40 years ago?

David Neptune, Son of John Kaizan Neptune, and filmmaker of “Words Can’t Go There”


What does “Words Can’t Go There” tell us?

David Neptune, Son of John Kaizan Neptune, and filmmaker
Chaki Yanagimto, Producer of “Words Can’t Go There”
Showing the trailer (3 minutes)


7:45PM – 8:00PM

Panel Discussion: What can we do to introduce traditional Japanese music to the U.S.?

End of program
(This timetable is a subject to change)


Shakuhachi documentary “Words Can’t Go There” available online

His efforts of playing shakuhachi for 46 years captured in documentary of John Kaizan Neptune