Hirosaki Taikai 2018 Performances

Hey Everyone!

I thought I'd summarize the Hirosaki Taikai 2018 Performances of Bachido-Folks (and other people of personal interest). Feel free to correct or add your own Picks :)

Day 1:

Shishidou's Group (Group Cat. C):
https://youtu.be/V8W4BtoaQq4?t=17880
Other Camera Angle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBGRqhwCHqM

Fujita Yukio (Accompaniment Cat. B):
https://youtu.be/V8W4BtoaQq4?t=27971

Honda Rin (Women Solo Cat. A):
https://youtu.be/V8W4BtoaQq4?t=35754

Day 2:

Matei Kolenic (Youth Cat. C):
https://youtu.be/lQYUCZlFdQI?t=4697

Jose Luque (Youth Cat. C):
https://youtu.be/lQYUCZlFdQI?t=6176

Fujita Yukio (Solo Cat. B):
https://youtu.be/lQYUCZlFdQI?t=13436

Shishidou Toshinobu (Solo Cat. B):
https://youtu.be/lQYUCZlFdQI?t=13850

Nakamura Norm (Solo Cat. B):
https://youtu.be/lQYUCZlFdQI?t=15940

Yokuta Masa (Accompaniment Cat. A):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQYUCZlFdQI&t=22660

Narita Takanori (Men Solo Cat. A):
https://www.youtube.com/lQYUCZlFdQI&t=28026

Yamanaka Nobuto (Men Solo Cat. A):
https://youtu.be/lQYUCZlFdQI?t=30719

Edited 4 times; last edited May 5, 2018 by Andreas Tellenbach
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Thanks for posting this Andreas!
Lots of great playing this year as usual. Takeda Kanami, who came in 2nd in the woman's A-level, stood out for me. The last time I was in Japan, 8 years ago now, she and Shirafuji Hikari were cleaning up at the contests. They've been performing together as a duo under the name Ki&Ki for several years now, playing really inventive stuff. Anyway, Takeda's playing this year was fierce and flawless.

https://youtu.be/V8W4BtoaQq4?t=35070

For whatever reason, these videos don't usually stay up for long, so you should all check them out while you can.

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I agree Gerry. But I think flawless is not a word to use too easily :P I think she lacked in dynamics. It was a very solid tataki through the whole piece basically, but not so many variations in volume. But how much volume dynamics the listener wants may be individual.

I loved her beginning. I'm a big fan of different openings. I feel it's sometimes a forfeit to be a pro player and start with a very common opening.

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