Earth In Sunrise Credits


From Korea, Professor Kim Dong-Won, is a traditional Korean percussionist, singer, improviser, and teacher.

Also from Korea, Professor Kang Eun-il, playing Haegum, teaches improvisional music.

From Canada and Kumamoto since 1986, Jeff Cairns, a noted international teacher, plays shakuhachi.

From Kumamoto, well-known in Jazz circles, is Furusho Shoryu, on double bass.

Keiko Shiga, is a pianist and composer from Kumamoto, is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music, Boston.

Masahiro Watanabe on trumpet, is the founder of Beauties of Nature, a jazz-ensemble based in Kumamoto.

Hidehiko Kashihara on guitar, is a noted flamenco guitarist, improviser and composer.

Our three haiku readers, Takako Ogata, a jazz vocalist and teacher, Naomi Yamaguchi, a teacher and interpreter (both are from Kumamoto), and Kim Dong-won, who translated the haiku into Korean and is also reading them.


Robert Mortenson, an interactive visual-media artist presents real-time media projections.

Artist Reiko Nogami, created the Shodo hangings, in each of our 5 themes. 俳句の夢 Haiku Dreams、 本然の自然The Nature of Nature, いとおしみ Of Love、人の刻、大地の時Human Time & Geologic Time, 未来及び未来主義  The Future & Futurism.


Produced by Professor Richard Gilbert, Graduate School of Social and Cultural Sciences, Kumamoto University.

Production assistance by David Ostman & Jeff Cairns.

Videography by Giken & Yu Frank Suenaga.

Still Photography by Liz Suenaga.

Audio Mixing & Mastering by Richard Gilbert, Bigfish Studio, Kumamoto.

Video post-production & Editing, Derek van Choice, RhythmLake Media.

Our thanks go to Aki Aso, Faculty of Letters, Kumamoto University, for her translation efforts and administrative oversight of the project.

This work has been supported by The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research & Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Kakenhi 15K02755 (2015-2018).