On June 30 th the ‘Zen Arts’ evening was held; the second ‘Soirée Spectacle’ to take place in the monastery grounds and a great opportunity to discover Zen in its various expressions.

During the introduction, the public could discover ikebana (traditional Japanese floral art), practice calligraphy, visit a Zen cooking workshop, or an exhibition of monks’ clothes and demonstration of how to sew them.

As guests of honour we had Nabuko Matsumiya, playing the Japanese harp (koto), as well as players of the taiko (traditional percussion) from Fudenji temple in Italy.

The artists of Kanshoji were not left out, as throughout the evening they presented themselves in tales, classical music, a variety show, sutra chanting and poetry… A steady pace for this colourful evening combining modernity and tradition. Not to forget also the intermission, led by the guitar duo Acuerdos who delivered the very best of Cuban music.

Given the success of the evening, we’ve already set the date for next year’s edition: June 21 st , 2019, day of the Fête de la musique (Music Day)- an appointment not to be missed and with more information soon to follow on this site!

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