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Heike Biwa Performer, Arao Tsutomu, and Japanese prints from Frank Lloyd Wright's collection

Arao Tsutomu plays the biwa (a lute that originated in Persia or Central Asia, much like the Chinese pipa) while singing The Tale of the Heike.  He has established his own school of this centuries-old performance, called Heikyoku, and is also a special lecturer at Keio University, one of the oldest and most prestigious private universities in Tokyo.  By the end of 2016, he had performed Heikyoku more than 900 times in concert halls, museums, universities, and religious institutions and has also appeared in or provided the music for numerous films and TV shows.

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