Japan Audiences in Tears: A Lifetime Memory

May 29, 2024

Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage in a packed theater in Sapporo, Japan, on Feb. 6 and Feb. 7. The audience received them with enthusiastic and warm applause.

“It’s been a long time since I heard an orchestra symphony. Music can make people cry. It turns out that it’s like this,” said Hiroaki Nezu, a hospital director. “My mood relaxed, and suddenly the music reached me.”

“I’m really touched. It’s my first time seeing it, and I’m so touched. It’s so wonderful,” said Yumiko Aizawa, a kimono etiquette teacher.

“The actors’ dancing postures, even the movements of their fingers and toes, are all graceful. This is the most extraordinary performance I’ve ever seen,” said Hideaki Murakami, an architect and president of a residential decoration company.

Shen Yun travels the world with one goal: to revive China’s 5,000 years of divinely inspired, traditional culture and virtues. This effort earned praise from theatergoers, Many of them also took note of the values Shen Yun presents in its storytelling.

“People tend to forget the importance of spirituality and only focus on material enjoyment. [Shen Yun] can bring us back to [the true nature of] our souls,” said Mutsumi Nakano, a company president.

“Even if nationalities and religions are different, moral beliefs such as caring for family members will not change. These must be cherished,” said Toshiaki Shimomiya, the managing director of a construction company.

Translated from Chinese, Shen Yun means “the beauty of Divine beings dancing.” The name reflects ancient China’s deep roots in spirituality.

“China’s traditional culture was bred from a long history. I hope it can always be cherished and passed on,” said Hiroaki Kawayachi, a senior executive at the Coast Guard logistics department. “No language is needed in the performance, and the message can be conveyed through dance and music only. This is excellent.”

“If there’s a performance nearby, you must come see it. Even if it’s a certain distance from Sapporo, even if you have to take a car or a plane, you must come see it. Shen Yun definitely has this value,” said Ms. Nakano.

“From this show, we can see that the actors have solid skills,” said Kazunori Shibayama, the president of a chemical company. “The costumes are also very Chinese. It’s indeed a culture that does not exist in Japan. We were very moved after watching it.”

“This is my first time experiencing this and it will be a lifetime memory,” said Kazuhiro Togashi, the former executive of the Hokkaido Board of Education.

Shen Yun’s 2024 world tour concludes for the season in May this year.

NTD News, Sapporo, Japan