The So-shin Kai, Okinawan Koto tradition in Hilo July 13

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Date: Friday, June 13, 2014
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The College of Continuing Education and Community Service at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo invites the public to a free presentation by members of the So-shin Kai on Sunday, July 13, 3-4 p.m., at the `Imiloa Astronomy Center’s Moanahoku Room. Light refreshments will be served.

Darin Miyashiro and Shizuko Akamine, along with special guest Gary Oshiro on uta-sanshin, present an educational performance on the Okinawan koto tradition in Hilo as established by group foundress Midori Matayoshi, and perpetuated by current leader Akamine. Examples of Okinawan koto music from classic works to folk songs will be demonstrated.

Miyashiro, who is currently working with Akamine and the So-shin Kai through the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Apprenticeship Program, teaches koto at UH Manoa’s Music Department and is pursuing his master’s degree in ethnomusicology.

The event is sponsored by the Kinzo and Fumiko Nishimura Japanese Cultural Fund.

Call 974-7664, email, or register online at

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