Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Debuts 2016 Asia Tour in Tokyo, Japan

September 18, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Zheng Yuyan

(Minghui.org) The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra began its 2016 concert tour by presenting its unique blend of East and West to a full-house audience in Tokyo Japan, on the afternoon of September 15.

As part of the New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts, the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra has toured North America each autumn since 2012. This year it will perform in 13 cities in Japan and Taiwan in addition to the North American stops on the tour.

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The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra debuts its Asia Tour at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall with a matinee performance on September 15, 2016.

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Violinist Fiona Zheng performs a solo piece.

Radio Station Host: “Extraordinarily Touched”

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Radio station host Miyosa Takahashi.

Radio station host Ms. Miyosa Takahashi said, “I felt extraordinarily touched… from the top of my head all the way to my toes.”

“I felt uplifted and embraced by a powerful energy,” Ms. Takahashi said. She said the music was “combined perfectly” and “really wonderful.”

She also commented on the dedication of the performers, “They were so immersed in their performance that they seemed to become part of the musical instruments.”

Stage Producer: “Grand” and “Unique”

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Stage producer Hatsune Miku

Stage producer Hatsune Miku commented, “Very unique… It is hard to find music this good.”

“Very grand and refreshing,” Ms. Miku said. “The entire music seemed to be looking down from above. It is at a high level and flying in the sky.”

She also shared her inspiration, “Classical music and traditional culture must be preserved. It is our responsibility to save something this excellent for future generations.”

“Refreshing” and “Exquisite”

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Takao Toda, director general of Human Development Department at the International Cooperation Agency of Japan (JICA)

Dr. Takao Toda, director general of the Human Development Department of the International Cooperation Agency of Japan (JICA) said of the performance, “The grace of the East was accentuated by the magnificent power of the Western instruments. It is indeed simply exquisite.”

“Never did I imagine that such distinct Eastern and Western melodies could be performed by the same musicians,” Dr. Toda said of Shen Yun’s combination of East and West. “I am truly amazed at their high level of professionalism.”

“It was truly a refreshing experience!” he stressed.

“Magnificent” and “Powerful”

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Isao Yoshikawa, an author and the founder of the Japan Garden Research Association.

Mr. Isao Yoshikawa, the founder of the Japan Garden Research Association, remarked, “The blend of Chinese and Western instruments was very magnificent and powerful.”

He especially enjoyed the piece performed on the erhu instrument, which he thought was “clear,” “powerful,” and “beautiful.”

“It is hard for the Japanese to have the chance to enjoy music like this. Therefore, I would definitely recommend it to my friends,” Mr. Yoshikawa said.

The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra will next be performing 16 concerts in 12 cities in Taiwan on September 17 through October 3.

Website: ShenYun.com/symphony

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Category: Shen Yun Performing Arts

People in Japan in Favor of Bringing Former Chinese Dictator to Justice

November 28, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Japan

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners’ non-stop peaceful efforts to raise awareness of the 16-year persecution, particularly the recent filing of lawsuits against former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin who initiated the persecution in 1999, have received worldwide support, especially in Asia.

In Japan alone, more than 45,000 signatures have been collected since July in support of the Falun Gong practitioners and their families in China who have filed criminal complaints against Jiang. Nearly 770,000 signatures have been collected in Asia as a whole, excluding China.

Signature drives are still being held across Japan. Falun Gong practitioners in Kumamoto recently went to Oita Prefecture, which is more than 200 km away, to raise awareness of the persecution of Falun Gong and collect signatures in support of the lawsuits against Jiang.

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On the busy streets of Oita Prefecture, people sign to support bringing former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin to justice.

Locals and tourists from other prefectures in Japan were quick to sign the petition when they learned how brutally a group of people who live by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are being persecuted.

They encouraged practitioners to keep up their efforts and wanted to help inform more people so that the persecution will end soon.

“Give me one more copy of that information. I’d like to my grandson, his wife, and my great-grandson too read about it,” said a 91-year-old woman after she signed the petition.

One woman was very upset to learn about the Chinese regime’s state-sanctioned harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. “Live organ harvesting? I can hardly believe what I’m hearing,” she said. “How can we allow such an unspeakable human rights’ violation to go on?! Let’s work together to put an end to it!”

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Category: Other Community Events

Japan: Over 4,000 People Sign Criminal Reports Against Jiang Zemin in Kansai

September 06, 2015

(Minghui.org) A two-week-long signature drive in the Kansai area was successfully completed before the end of August, where more than 4,000 people co-signed on a criminal report against Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese dictator who ordered the persecution of Falun Gong.


Japanese people sign the criminal complaint forms against Jiang Zemin.

Many people immediately signed their names when they learned that the criminal report was charging Jiang Zemin, as they wished to bring Jiang to justice as soon as possible.

One lady brought cold drinks for the practitioner volunteers who were working under the summer sun. After learning about the evil deeds of Jiang Zemin, she signed the criminal report without hesitation. She then took a blank form and helped the practitioners to collect more signatures.

A middle-aged woman encouraged practitioners to continue their efforts, saying that the expression of their will was important, and world peace is the people’s will.

By the end of August, more than 4,000 people had signed criminal reports charging Jiang Zemin. All the reports were mailed to the Supreme Procuratorate and the Supreme Court in China.

Chinese version available

Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin