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The roots of Japanese folk music are being brought back to life with a modern twist at the BeSeTo Theatre Festival.

One of the festival’s programs is “Gya Tei Gya Tei — Ikumonoyo, Sarumonoyo,” which translates as “To those going, those going away.” It is a Japanese performance featuring shomyo (Buddhist ritual music). Shomyo is the root of many Japanese folk-music styles such as yokyoku and joruri.

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