About Sakurama Group

Sakurama Group is lead by Sakurama Ujin, the 21st head of the Sakurama family and the successor of several famous and important Noh performers, Shite-kata, of the Komparu School.

 

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The Sakurama family has a historical background since the 12th century. According to a history document, one of his ancestors fought as a general of the Taira family (Heike) against the Minaoto family (Genji).  Later in the 16th to 17th century, the family members started to serve the Hosokawa family, one of the most powerful Samurai families, as Noh performers.

 

Sakurama Sajin who moved from Kyushu to Tokyo in the Meiji period under the protection of the Hosokawa family made a great contribution to the Noh performance at that time and was listed as one of the great Noh masters.

 

Thereafter, Sakurama Kyusen received an award from the Ministry of Education in the Art Encouragement Prizes and Medal in 1951, Japan Art Academy Award in 1952, Arts Festival Grand Prize in 1953, and became a member of Japan Art Academy in 1957.

 

Sakurama Michio, Ujin’s grandfather, received an award of Arts Festival Grand Prize in 1960 and 1967, an award from the Ministry of Education in the Art Encouragement Prizes and Medal in 1969, and designated as a holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property in 1970.

 

Today, Sakurama Group is lead by Sakurama Ujin and conducting diverse activities not only in Japan but also in many countries.

 

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