“Kodo One Earth Tour 2019: Michi” Japan Tour (Nov.–Dec. 2019)

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Soul-Stirring, Resounding Kodo

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

Preserved Traditions
Rousing, Resonant Taiko
Herein Lies the Essence of Kodo

“Michi” means a road or path. This performance is based on the core repertoire that Kodo has upheld for almost half a century, since the days of its antecedent group, Sado no Kuni Ondekoza (1971-81).

Michi focuses on preserving Kodo’s unique “DNA” by drawing on the iconic form found within classic Kodo repertoire and carefully sharing the essence of those traditions with the next generation.

Under the direction of Kodo Ensemble Leader Yuichiro Funabashi, the 2019 season of “Michi” will tour throughout Japan in May, June, and September through December.


I’d like to personally invite you all to join us at the theater to experience our sound in person.
Taiko is a simple instrument: if you beat it, it makes a sound. However, the sounds and echoes that resonate from this instrument are intricate and diverse. No two are alike.
Naturally, the sound reflects things like the physique, age, and background of the individual who beats the drum.
So, when people who train everyday to hone their expression through kind of instrument, the sound they create jolts people on instinctive level, beyond the possibilities of any language.
“Michi,” centers around the repertoire that we, Kodo, have upheld for almost half a century since the days of our antecedent group, Sado no Kuni Ondekoza.
While preserving some of the classic artistic elements that are “quintessential Kodo,” we will also lay cornerstones for brand new creative activities moving forward.To uphold classics simultaneously means to change, and that requires supple bodies and thinking.
We seek the true essence of the classics we uphold, treasuring the journey along the road as we go back and forth, over and over, between the past and present.
This performance is something you can only experience in person, here and now.Soul-stirring, resounding Kodo

Yuichiro Funabashi, Director


Yuichiro Funabashi (Kodo Ensemble Leader)

Cast (May–June)

Motofumi Yamaguchi, Eiichi Saito, Kenta Nakagome, Koki Miura, Ryoma Tsurumi, Kengo Watanabe, et al. (TBC)

Programme (TBC)

To include MiyakeMonochromeO-daikoYatai-bayashi, and more.

Photos: Takashi Okamoto

This tour is supported by:
Performing Arts Promotion Subsidiary Aid from Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan
(Theater and Concert Hall Functional Enhancement Promotion Project)
Japan Arts Council