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YORITA, Mamino

A young prodigy shakuhachi performer / Kinko Ryu grand master

YORITA, Mamino

Born in Kyoto city, September 1990. Currently residing in Kyoto city.
Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts.


In third grade elementary student, started taking lessons from Genzan Miyoshi, Chikurinken grand master of Tozan Ryu.
In third year of junior high school, qualified as Tozan Ryu master. Reported in the newspaper as the first, youngest shakuhachi master in Japan.

From age 15 (first year of senior high school), started taking lessons from Yoshinobu Taniguchi (Kinko Ryu Senshinkutsu Grand Master), former visiting professor at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in the US. Learned Kinko Ryu shakuhachi, Buddhist shakuhachi, Zen shakuhachi and all aspects of shakuhachi.
During the same period, received tutelage and direct transmission of works such as Kinko Ryu Shakuhachi Honkyoku and Sankyoku Gassokyoku from Reibo Aoki II, a living national treasure. Furthermore, received direct transmission of works such as Watazumido Dokyoku from Koden Shakuhachi Honkyoku, Azuma Ryu Honkyoku (Fukuda Rando Kyoku) and modern pieces from Katsuya Yokoyama, a world famous shakuhachi player under his tutelage, and received tutelage and direct transmission from Hoan Kojima XLI of Myoan Ryu, and received praises from various masters.

Became licensed as Kinko Ryu Grand Master at age 16 (2nd year in senior high school), the youngest nation-wide and an exceptional event. While the average age of associate master and above in the world of shakuhachi is 63.5 years old, she became the only high school student grand master. In high school, participated in the National High School Comprehensive Culture Festival for 3 years in a row. She received praises from Hozan Yamamoto, a living national treasure, in addition to praises from various masters.

Entered Tokyo University of the Arts (Faculty of Music, Traditional Japanese Music Department, shakuhachi major).
The following year, her debut CD single “Hatsune” was issued, which was displayed at the Musical Instrument Museum, the largest music instrument museum in the US.
When she was 19, she had already mastered the Koden Shakuhachi Honkyoku (Watazumido Dokyoku, Fukezen Shakuhachi Honkyoku, Kinko Ryu Shakuhachi Honkyoku, Nezasaha Kinpu Ryu Shakuhachi Honkyoku), and learned the major Sankyoku Gassokyoku pieces, contemporary works and songs. She has also mastered secret works and secret techniques reaching the level of Koden Shakuhachi Honkyoku, and attracts attention as a rare presence in the present day world of shakuhachi.

Age 21, invited as a special guest to Japonský den 2011 held in Prague, and performed at the Czech music museum with the Japanese ambassador to the Czech Republic in attendance. Also performed on national Czech TV, which was broadcast throughout Europe.

◆ Passed the NHK traditional Japanese music audition.
◆ Won the Aoyama music prize newcomer prize.
◆ Was approved 2 years in a row for the Cultural Agency Art Festival Participation Performance, and gave Cultural Agency Art Festival Participation Mamino Yorita shakuhachi recitals at Kongo Nohgakudo, Kyoto, and Aoyama Music Memorial Hall Barocksaal, Kyoto.
◆ Gave a Spring Night Time Special Museum Open Mamino Yorita shakuhachi recital at Miho Museum.
◆ Appeared on DHC Theater Traditions for the Future, which was shown on ANA international flights

Masters from whom she received personal instructions:

Yoshinobu Taniguchi (world famous shakuhachi player)
Katsuya Yokoyama (world famous shakuhachi player)
Hoan Kojima (the 41st Kanshu of Myoanji temple)
Reibo Aoki II (living national treasure)
Genzan Miyoshi (Tozan Ryu Chikurinken Dai Shihan)

*in no particular order

Personal background

Mamino Yorita was a young girl who liked playing the recorder.
When Yorita turned 9 years old (3rd grade), she visited a shakuhachi lesson upon her friend’s recommendation, and was able to produce a sound in her first lesson. She was fascinated by the sound of shakuhachi, and with this experience as an impetus, started learning the shakuhachi in earnest.

1999

At age 9 (3rd grade), studies with Genzan Miyoshi (Tozan Ryu Shakuhachi Chikurinken Grand Master).

2005
【 November 】

At age 15 (3rd year, junior high school), performs at the 101st Shakuhachi Honkyoku Nation-wide Performances Offered to Buddha Event held at Kyoreizan Myoanji.

2006
【 February 】

At age 15, becomes Tozan Ryu Master. Reported in newspapers as the first such youngest master in Japan.

【 April 】

Enters Kyoto Koka Senior High School.

【 June 】

Studies with Yoshinobu Taniguchi (Kinko Ryu Senshinkutsu Grand Master), former visiting professor at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, USA; studies Kinko Ryu shakuhachi, Buddhist shakuhachi, Zen shakuhachi and shakuhachi science generally.
At age 15, receives personal instructions on Kinko Ryu Shakuhachi Honkyoku, Yaegoromo, Shika no Tone, etc., from Reibo Aoki II, a national living treasure.
At the same time, receives tutelage and personal instructions from Katsuya Yokoyama, a world renowned shakuhachi player, on Watazumido Dokyoku of Koden Shakuhachi Honkyoku, Azuma Ryu Honkyoku (Fukuda Rando Kyoku) and contemporary pieces, and tutelage and personal instructions from Hoan Kojima, 41st Kanshu of Myoan Ryu which can be traced to the Kamakura period. In addition to being praised by Katsuya Yokoyama as “her shakuhachi playing deserves to be called the finest,” receives praises from various masters.

2007
【 June 】

Receives the title of Kinko Ryu Grand Master at the age of 16 (2nd year, senior high school), which is exceptional. In the world of shakuhachi, where the average age of title holders of Associate Master and above is 63.5 years old, she becomes the only high school student who is a Grand Master.

2008
【 May 】

Receives the 3rd Kyoto Private School Advancement Award / Public Interest Foundation Juridical Person Kyoto Private School Advancement Association.
During her high school years (Kyoto Koka Senior High School), performs shakuhachi for 3 years in a row as the Kyoto representative at Nation-wide High School Comprehensive Culture Festivals. Receives praises from Hozan Yamamoto, a national living treasure.

→ Public Interest Foundation Juridical Person Kyoto Private School Advancement Association official website

2009
【 April 】

Enters the Tokyo University of the Arts (Shakuhachi major, Department of Traditional Japanese Music, Faculty of Music).

2010
【 August 】

Age 20. Issues her debut single CD, “MAIDEN VOYAGE-Hatsune (Buddhist Shakuhachi, Zen Shakuhachi).” Sold worldwide, in US, Europe, etc.

“Hatsune” is exhibited at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona, where Monty H. Levenson was in charge of traditional Japanese instruments.

→ “MAIDEN VOYAGE-Hatsune (Buddhist Shakuhachi, Zen Shakuhachi)”

By this time, she had already mastered the entire Koden Shakuhachi Honkyoku (Watazumido Dokyoku, Fuke Zen Shakuhachi Honkyoku, Kinko Ryu Shakuhachi Honkyoku, Nezasaha Kinpu Ryu Shakuhachi Honkyoku) in its entirety, about 120 major Sankyoku Gassokyoku pieces, contemporary works and songs.
She has mastered secret works and secret techniques such as differentiating between playing yo and in which reaches the level of Koden Shakuhachi Honkyoku, differentiating among the 6 types of wu (A♭), differentiating the various types of suzuru, differentiating among Goeika and pilgrim song pieces, the eru technique, and the cosmic floatation technique; she attracts attention as a rare presence in the present day world of shakuhachi.

2011
【 October (15th~17th) 】

Invited as a special guest to “Japonský den 2011 (Festival of Japan - Kaizen)” held in Prague (Czech Republic). Performs secret pieces such as Sika no Tone and Tsuru no Sugomori at the Czech Museum of Music (National Museum in Prague) in the presence of the Japanese Ambassador to the Czech Republic. She also performed on the national Czech Television, which was broadcast throughout Europe.

→ Japonský den official website
→ 【video clip】Japonské dny - Kaizen / Japan Day - Kaizen / 2011

【 October (29th ~ November 6th) 】

Performs at the opening ceremony of People’s Culture Festival・Kyoto 2011.

2012
【 March 】

Participates in “Masateru Ando Retirement Commemoration Concert.” A live recorded CD containing “Dokan~Ichikotsucho Koto Concerto” went on sale in September.
Awarded the 2011 (21st) Aoyama Music Award Newcomer Award by Public Interest Foundation Juridical Person Aoyama Foundation. Reported in newspapers.

→ List of Aoyama Music Award winners year 2011《21st》Newcomer Award

【 July 】

Performs at “Summer Vacation Parent Child Program / Invitation to Japanese Music (Japanese sounds to be enjoyed by parents and children)” at the National Theatre.

【 August 】

Approved for the “2012(67th) Culture Agency Art Festival Participation Public Performance.”

【 October 5th 】

Public Interest Foundation Juridical Person Aoyama Foundation Supported Special Public Performance “Mamino Yorita Shakuhachi Concert.”

2013
【 March 】

Tokyo University of the Arts Graduation Commemorative Concert (Kyoto Urban Prefectural People’s Hall ALTI).
Graduates from Tokyo University of the Arts.

【 May 】

Performs at the 5th Big Stage in Uji (Uji City Lifelong Learning Center Hall).

【 June 】

Passes the “NHK Japanese music audition” and makes her FM radio debut.

【 August 】

Approved for the “2013 (68th) Culture Agency Art Festival Participation Public Performance” and does a recital (October 5th) at the Kongou Nohgakudo (Kyoto).

【 November 】

Performs at the Kyoto Wabunka no Kai “Lecture Concert Vol.9 Exploring the Charms of Traditional Music.”

→ Kyoto Wabunka no Kai official website “Shakuhachi music is fun

【 December 】

Performs at the 50th Anniversary of Establishment Commemorative Celebration of Public Interest Foundation Juridical Person Kyoto Private School Promotion Association.

→ Public Interest Foundation Juridical Person Kyoto Private School Promotion Association official website “50th Anniversary of Establishment Commemorative Celebration”

2014
【 January 】

Performs at the Urasenke Chado Comprehensive Museum.

【 February 】

Gives shakuhachi lessons at Kyoto Municipal Hirosawa Grade School.
Performs at the 10th Anniversary of Founding Ceremony of Kyoto Murasaki Lion’s Club.

【 March 】

Makes an offering of performance at “Spring Ohigan Offering” at Enshozan Koumyouji in Amagasaki.

【 April 】

Performs at Nishijin Uoshin.
Performs at “Michiko Inoue Taisho Koto Concert” (Omihachiman City Bunka Kaikan large hall).

【 June 】

Performs at the 6th Big Stage in Uji (Uji City Lifelong Learning Center Hall).

【 August 】

Makes an offering of performance in “Tamagushi Offering” at the main shrine building of Kashihara Jingu, where the first emperor Jinmu ascended to the throne.
Makes an offering of performance in “Main Temple Building Completion Ceremony” at Tenshozan Raikouji, Nara.
Makes an offering of performance in “Upper Shrine Offering” at the main shrine building of Niukawa Kamijinja upper shrine, Nara.

【 September 】

Makes an offering of performance at “Autumn Ohigan Offering” at Enshozan Koumyouji in Amagasaki.

【 November 】

Performs at Rokujizo Little Kids Mikoshi Festival (Uji City, Kyoto).
Cultural Agency Art Festival Participation Performance “Mamino Yorita Shakuhachi Recital”(Aoyama Music Memorial Hall Barocksaal).

→ list of 2014 (69th) Culture Agency Art Festival participating performances

【 December 】

Performs at the Japan Bamboo Association “55th National Bamboo Convention Kyoto Convention.”

2015
【 January 】

Performs at Osaka Rotary Club’s New Year Concert.

【 February 】

Performs at Uji City Hall Lobby Concert.
Performs at Kyoto Brighton Hotel New Year Cooperative Social Gathering.

【 March 】

Performs pursuant to an invitation by the Hawaiian High School Students of Japanese Descent Japanese Culture Experience Program.

【 April 】

Gives a model performance at the 18th Regular Concert of the Kyoto Urban Prefecture High School Japanese Music Federation (Art and Culture League Japanese Music Division).

【 May 】

Performs at Public Interest Juridical Person Kyoto City International Foundation international exchange event (Kyoto International Community House).

【 June 】

Performs at Soprotimist International Kyoto Kitayama Charity Concert (Kyoto Hotel Okura).
Performs at “Fumiko Shijo Commemoration Celebration of Publishing of Koki” (Kyoto Hotel Okura).

【 July 】

Performs at Kyoto Brighton Hotel Lobby Concert.

【 October 】

Performs at Ken-ichi Kobori Being Decorated with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette Commemoration Celebration (Governor of Kyoto Urban Prefecture and Mayor of Kyoto City in attendance).

→ Hauzan Myojunji official website

【 December 】

Performs at the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin wine event (Governor of Kyoto Urban Prefecture and the French Consul General in Kyoto in attendance).
Performs at the Kobe Portopia Hotel wine society Christmas concert.

2016
【 January 】

Performs at the 10th Kinshukai of Nihon Buyo Mikagekai.

【 February 】

Performs at Kyoto Hotel Okura Lobby Concert.

【 April 】

Public Interest Foundation Juridical Person Aoyama Foundation Aoyama Music Award Newcomer Award Recipients Training Results Unveiling Concert “Mamino Yorita Shakuhachi Recital” (Aoyama Music Memorial Hall Barocksaal, Kyoto).

【 July 】

Performs at Fusayoshi Kai book publication commemorative party.
Invited as a lecturer at Kyoto Gakuen University Japanese music club summer camp.

【 October 】

“Halloween Eve Festival – shakuhachi and piano soiree on a night of shooting stars” (TOCOL® salon concert, Okayama).

【 November 】

Performs at Kobe wine event (French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan).

【 December 】

Performs at “Sakae Tamada Chansons Concert.”
Invited as a special lecturer by “Horikawa Music High School Japanese music course” (Culture and Arts Exploration Project).

→ Culture and Arts Exploration Project for 2nd year students “Shakuhachi lecture”

2017
【 February 】

Mamino Yorita feature article appears in the monthly publication “Shukyo Kogei Shimbun.”
Amashin Archaic Hall (Miyako Hotel New Archaic).

【 March 】

Fukushima Prefecture “Prayer for resurgence and rebirth of home town” / appeared in Fukushima Minpo.
Performs at Kyoto Hotel Okura Ippinkai (Soshitsu Sen, honorable tea honorable iemoto in attendance).

【 April 】

Makes a guest appearance at KOTO×PIANO formation 3rd anniversary commemorative concert “KOTO×PIANO vol.5” (Tiara Koto).

→ KOTO×PIANO formation 3rd anniversary commemorative concert “KOTO×PIANO vol.5”

【 May 】

“Spring Night Special Open Museum Mamino Yorita Shakuhachi Recital” (MIHO MUSEUM) / Nanako Torigoe (Kana), koto.

【 June 】

Appears on DHC Theater “Traditions for the Future” Episode 29 (shown on ANA international flights).

→【video clip】DHC Theater “Traditions for the Future” Episode 29 Mamino Yorita, shakuhachi player, Kyoto

【 September 】

Performs at the Okayama International Music Festival 2017 opening concert / Hiroyasu Nakajima, koto.

→【video clip】Japan Soul (Mamino Yorita, shakuhachi; Hiroyasu Nakajima, koto)

【 November 】

“Mamino Yorita Shakuhachi Playing Method Lecture & Short Concert” (sponsored by Nakamura Laboratory, Faculty of Music, Kyoto City University of Arts Faculty of Music).

→ Mamino Yorita Shakuhachi Playing Method Lecture & Short Concert

【 December 】

“Mamino Yorita solo recital on the day when the full moon closest to the earth this year meets the shakuhachi, liquor and chocolate” (TOCOL® salon concert / Donna Selvatica)

2018
【 May 】

Appears in “Dance and Japanese Music Appreciation Concert with rising stars and top billed performers” (National Bunraku Theatre, Osaka)

→ Dance and Japanese Music Appreciation Concert with rising stars and top billed performers