"Nishi Hongan-ji Oto-Butai" will be on air on Sunday, October 24!

"Oto-Butai (The Sound Stage) " is an event of Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS) which started in 1989.

The temple representing Japan has become the stage.

This is an original music project with a stage set in a temple and the theme of which is "the encounter between the East and the West".

More than 180 artists from Japan and abroad have performed at 18 famous temples.

Nishi Hongan-ji temple is in the spotlight for the 34th Oto-Butai.

Unfortunately, from the viewpoint of preventing the spread of COVID-19, it was recorded without an audience, but how about enjoying "Nishi Hongan-ji Onbutai" on TV?

It will be broadcast on MBS and TBS nationwide network from 0:30 at night on Sunday, October 24.

Nishi Hongan-ji Temple, a World Heritage Site


Nishi Hongan-ji Temple is affectionately known as "Onishi-san".

Officially called Ryukoku-san Hongan-ji, it is the head temple of the Jodo Shinshu Hongan-ji school.

The Jodo Shinshu sect was founded by Shinran Shonin (1173 - 1263) in the middle of the Kamakura period.

There are many national treasures such as Goei-do Hall and Amida-do Hall that enshrine Shinran Shonin, and important cultural properties such as Kyozo and Chozusha.

In 1994, it was registered as a World Heritage Site as the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto."

The music director is Muramatsu Takatsugu


This time, "Nishi Hongan-ji Oto-Butai" was composed with Takatsugu Muramatsu as the music director.

Takatsugu Muramatsu's wish to give courage and hope through music to the world that is suffering from the coronavirus.

The artists who agreed with the idea spun a story of "Sound" where you feel life.

A One-night joint performance by a group of gorgeous artists


The members of the "Oto-Butai Special Orchestra" stand by on the solemn stage of Nishi Hongan-ji Temple.

Cellist Dai Miyata and fruitist Cocomi will perform with Mr. Muramatsu.

It is a one-night stand that is spun together with the book "The Word of Life" by life scientist Keiko Yanagisawa.


Shoko Nakamura, a leading ballet dancer in Japan, collaborated with choreographer Yuka Oishi for the first time.


The stage of Tenor Ken Nishikori, who is known for many opera performances, is also breathtaking!


And Shizuka Kudo.

Beautiful harmony with the members of "Biwako Hall Vocal Ensemble" was echoed.


This time, Sandoz Art connects the world of each sound fantastically and dramatically.

A live performance by Sandoz art group "SILT" is projected on the screen in the center of the stage.

I was inspired by the music of Takatsugu Muramatsu's "Pray for the World" piano.


Also on the show, actor Manami Higa will visit Nishi Hongan-ji Temple as a traveler.

She reads the "Word of Life" aloud from valuable places that are not open to the public, such as Hiunkaku and Shoin, which are national treasures.

Actor Masao Kusakari will narrate the show.

A one-night dream stage where one of the most famous temples in Japan becomes "Phantom Theatre".

Please enjoy the special "Oto-Butai" at home!

Nishi Hongan-ji Oto-Butai (The Sound Stage at Nishi Hongan-ji Temple)
For details such as the broadcasting date and time, please check the "KYOTO CHISHIN" page below.

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