Online lesson ;
SHOMYO | IMAYO and Shirabyoshi song

Online lesson for SHOMYO

Lecturer: Makiko Sakurai

Gyozan-Shomyo Zenshu: Genyu Nakayama, published Shibakinshodo, 1962

Shomyo is a Japanese Buddhist chant which is recited during services by the esoteric sects of Tendai and Shingon.
This lesson is for Shomyo of the Tendai sect.

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7. Shomyo lesson fee is US$50 for 45 minutes.

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Let’s try learning Shoymo.

Sakurai Makikiko

Makiko Sakurai

Songwriter/Vocalist(Tendai Ohara chant)/ Performer (Shirabyoshi)
Since 1986 Makiko Sakurai has studied Shomyo, the ancient Heian period (781-1192 AD) form of chant associated with the Tendai sect of Buddhism, with teachers Genshin Nakayama from 1989 to 2017 and studied ryu-teki (gagaku flute) from Sukeyasu Shiba from 1986 to 1996.
Ms. Sakurai received a masters’ degree in 1988 at Tokyo College of Music, majoring in composition.
Ms. Sakurai studied the Itako music of the Tsugaru area of southern Aomori in 1990.
In 1994 she received a scholarship from the ACC (Asian Cultural Council) to study the Navajo language at Navajo Community College in Arizona and the music of the Navajo and Hopi peoples.
She then returned to her practice of Heian Period chanting and dance of “Shirabyoshi” in 1997 when she created “Mononoke princess”which she performs in its pure unaccompanied form.
In 2008 she went to Israel again specially to study Yemenite ritual music “Deawan” from Gira Beshari.
Ms. Sakurai has written the scripts for her original collaborative pieces with Noh theatre including “Manhattan Okina” performed yearly (2007-2019).
And she held “Buddhist service for Gaza”chanting the“Amida sutra”by Shomyo