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Press Release
April 7, 2014

National Archives Hosts Free Screening for National Cherry Blossom Festival, April 11

Umi Yama Aida: In Between Mountains and Oceans

Washington, DC…On Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m., the National Archives, in partnership with the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival, presents a special screening of Umi Yama Aida: In Between Mountains and Oceans followed by a live orchestral performance.

The free public program will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Use the Special Events Entrance, located at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station.

Masaaki Miyazawa’s new film Umi Yama Aida: In Between Mountains and Oceans uses breathtaking imagery to explain Japanese methods of environmental sustainability and protection of forests. The screening will be followed by a live performance by the AUN J Classic Orchestra, who provided music for the film. Masaaki Miyazawa will introduce the film and answer audience questions. Diana Mayhew, president of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, will make remarks.

About Umi Yama Aida: In Between Mountains and Oceans

The directorial film debut from Masaaki Miyazawa, a highly regarded popular photographer, has captured shrines and temples across Japan for more than 10 years. For the first time, and with special permission, he has filmed the holy ceremonies at Jingu (Ise Grand Shrine). The film unveils a thousand-year-old method of coexistence with nature and reflects on the importance of living sustainable lives in modern society.

About AUN J Classic Orchestra

The AUN J Classic Orchestra, who produced the music for Umi Yama Aida was founded in 2008 by twin musicians Ryohei and Kohei Inoue. They gathered young musicians with the goal of “demonstrating the potential of Japanese classical instruments as popular, simple, and cool instruments in order to convey the magnificence of Japanese classical instruments to the world.” From there, the orchestra was organized with classical instruments such as the Japanese taiko, narimono, shamisen, shinobue, shakuhachi, and koto. They have performed live around the world, including in their native Japan, the Mont Saint Michel abbey in France, the ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and the Accademia Bartolomeo Cristofori amici del fortepiano in Italy.

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