Taiko Film is a documentary that introduces us to the enthralling world of Japanese Taiko. We will learn about its origins, history and evolution throughout centuries, its many applications and styles, its expansion to the world and its influence in modern culture, both Eastern and Western.
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From Manila to Tokyo, from Barcelona to Berlin, this film "Karaoke, the enchanted machine" tells the history of the karaoke phenomenon. Appearing in the early 1970s in Japan, the singing machine has grown beyond Japanese borders to embrace other cultures. Its followers number in the millions, some karaoke singers even compete each year for the title of World Champion.
Mr. Kikuo Hirano, a weaver for Nishijin tsumekaki-hon-tsuzure-ori, Mr. Hiroshi Tokunaga, a Kasuri craftsman, and Mr. Hisayuki Kawato, a weaver for Tango Chirimen Fabric are introduced. Nishijin brocade is one of the traditional crafts in Kyoto. There are 12 weaving techniques used for Nishijin-brocade. In order to weave this brocade requires special techniques. One example: The weaver files his fingernail tips into zigzag shape to pick up and cross threads to make beautiful patterns.
Mr. Tadahiro Ooya, a lacquerware craftsman and Mr. Yutaro Shimode, a Makie craftsman are introduced in this episode. Kyo-Lacquerware is both elegant and delicate, but it is also a solidly-made craft product. There are Eight traditional techniques of Kyo-nuri, or the creation of lacquerware. Mr. Tadahiro Ooya, has been lacquering for 63 years. He’s mastered the 8 Kyo-lacquer techniques. He has even invented a new application method for the Nunozuri-nuri technique.
Mr. Fujio Yamamto, a craftsman making metal mirror and Mr. Toshio Fujibayashi, a craftsman of metal carvings are introduced in this episode. A Makyo is a mirror used for fortune-telling, which originally came from China. Today, there is only one craftsman making these Makyo mirrors: Mr. Fujio Yamamoto. He is the 4th generation owner of Yamamoto Gokin Seisakusho. His workshop is the only place these mirrors are still made by hand according to old traditions.
Mr. Motoo Kido, a Kyo-yuzen artist, Ms. Kazuyo Kawamoto, a Kyo-kanoko Shibori craftswoman, and Mr. Toshiaki Nagakusa, an embroiderer of Kyo-nui are introduced in this episode. Kyo-yuzen is a technique of painting dye onto cloth. Mr. Motoo Kido is a Kyo-yuzen artist and he is considered the foremost craftsman of this art, and it is often said, his work reflects his soul and emotion as a craftsman. Shibori is a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique, also known as tie-dye.