Japanese Guqin Performer to Pujiang
On May 17 at 8:30 in the morning, Sakata Jinyi, inheritor of Dong Gao guqin music from Japan and Xu Junyue, chairman of the Guqin Academic Committee of the Chinese Musical Instrument Association attended the opening ceremony of “Dong Gao Guqin Music Returns to the Hometown of Dong Gao,” a book-giving ceremony and seminar of Dong Gao’s Music Scores of Guqin, and the Xu Junyue—Dong Gao Music Concert at the Pujiang Library. Sakata was invited to the event by Pujiang Culture, Radio, Television, Tourism, and Sports Bureau; Pujiang Federation of Literary and Art Circles; and Qian Meihong, a famous guqin master in Pujiang. At 7:00 p.m. the same day, a series of activities, including a guqin masters’ concert named “That Qin Returns,” were held at the Wenjingyuan Theater of Pujiang Cultural Center.
Dong Gaoxinyue, whose original name is Jiang Xingchou, styled himself Xinyue and had a soubriquet of Dong Gao. Born in the late Ming Dynasty in Pujiang, Dong Gao was a master of poetry, painting, carving, and music. Early in 1676, Dong Gao sailed to Japan, taking five guqins with him. His exquisite skill in playing guqin created a sensation in all the circles of Japanese society, and there were a continuous stream of admirers coming to visit him. He also published Dong Gao’s Music Scores of Guqin. Therefore, guqin music gained unprecedented development in Japan. (By Qian Zeng —Jiunhua Daily—, translated by Shen Yingying, edited by Mariam Ayad)