Four Seasons in New York: Gems of Japanese Music



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Four Seasons in New York: Gems of Japanese Music

Saturday, November 12 at 4:00 p.m.

CRS (Center for Remembering and Sharing) – 123 4th Avenue (between 12th and 13th Streets)

Tickets: $25 in advance (includes Japanese sweet)/$30 at the door

CRS & Mar Creation, Inc. present the first concert of the second season of Four Seasons in New York — Gems of Japanese Music. Discover traditional Japanese music by acclaimed koto and shamisen player Yoko Reikano Kimura, whose wide-ranging repertoire features classical music and improvisational pieces. This concert series features each season’s representative traditional musical works along with the colorful and delicate Japanese-style confectionaries prepared by mochi Rin NYC.

Special guest Ralph Samuelson will join Kimura on shakuhachi.


  • “Aki Shizuka” (“Tranquility of Autumn”) – composed by Kin’ichi Nakanoshima (koto solo)
  • “Saga no Aki” (“Autumn in Saga”) – composed by Kikusue-koto (koto and shakuhachi)
  • “Tsuki no En” (“Ode to Moon”) – composed by Seiho Kineya (shamisen solo)

Each season is expressed through ingredients. Spring traditionally begins with sakura (cherry blossoms), broccoli rabe, strawberries and raspberries, followed by elderflower, rose, edamame, and sansho (Japanese pepper) in summer. Autumn approaches with chrysanthemum, apples, grapes, chestnuts and hazelnuts, and yuzu and kumquats in winter. Even within one season, the taste and the form change gradually from hashiri (first harvest or catch of the season) through nagori (the final traces).

Colorful and delicate Japanese style confectionaries will served by mochi Rin, which creates bite-sized mochi desserts made by infusing New York’s locally sourced ingredients into Japan’s popular organic bean paste. Their new type of mochi mixes seasonal fruits and flowers from New York into Japanese traditional desserts such as daifuku and sakura-mochi.

Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets in advance at CRS’s website, by phone 212-677-8621, or in person at CRS.

Enjoy the taste of the four seasons here in New York!