Jake Shimabukro to release a 2 song mini-EP

jakes-annonUkulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro new mini-EP “Annon” will be released on September 1st as Part of the Shin Buddhism Founders 750th memorial.

The Shin Buddhist path was founded by Shinran Shonin (1173-1263) during the Kamakura period, and in several centuries grew into one of the largest and most influential schools of Buddhism in Japan, a position it maintains today. The Hongwanji temple is the headquarters of the Hongwanji denomination of Shin Buddhism (Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha), and is known as Nishi (lit. “West”) Hongwanji.

Shinran Shonin’s 750th Memorial Service will take place at Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha Nishi Hongwanji from April 2011 to January 2012. Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii will observe Shinran Shonin’s 750th Memorial Service in September 2009 in conjunction with its 120th Anniversary of the Mission with 35 Hongwanji temples. To mark the occasion, Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii asked Jake Shimabukuro to compose the song Annon, which means May Peace and Tranquility prevail throughout the world. This phrase found in the letter written by Shinran Shonin, who lived during social turmoil of medieval Japan, reveals the path which Nembutsu followers should follow. It was Shinran Shonin’s wish to let the Buddha’s teaching spread and peace and tranquility prevail throughout the world. Hence, to echo his wish, the song “Annon” was produced, which will heal people all over the world with sounds of the ukulele. The other tune on this mini-EP is “Ichigoichie” (Itchy-go Itchy-ei) which means “once in a lifetime” and is Jake’s favorite Japanese word.

Annon will be sold only at Jake’s concerts, on his website, and through online stores. In Japan it will also be available at retail stores.

One Response to “Jake Shimabukro to release a 2 song mini-EP”

  1. I believe the mini-EP is being sold at the Tsukiji Restaurant in the Ala Moana Shopping Center (Honolulu, HI) through 9/17, daily from 11am-2pm. Part of the restaurant is set aside as the “Annon Cafe”, with educational displays, etc. related to the 750th/120th Anniversaries.

    It may still be available at the Honpa Hongwanji temple at 1727 Pali Highway, for those of you in Hawaii.

    Jake performed the two pieces from the mini-EP during the Hongwanji’s celebration banquet at the Hilton Hawaiian Village this past Saturday. It was great to hear him again. I heard him several years ago but honestly wasn’t that into his style of playing. He seems to have “matured”, and I liked it enough that I bought a disc for myself. My daughter liked one of the other pieces he performed, “Let’s Dance”, and asked me to find it.

    He also played a duet “Piano Forte”, with Kirk Shimabukuro (not related), who’s exceptionally talented too.

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