(Clearwisdom.net) Japan's third largest city, Yokohama, hosted the Shen Yun Performing Arts on March 9, 2010. Among the audience at the Kanagawa Prefectural Civic Hall was Yoshinori Kanno, a Yokohama city council member.

Mr. Yoshinori expressed great appreciation for Shen Yun. He said that traditional Chinese culture could be considered the birthplace of other traditional cultures.

Yoshinori Kanno, Yokohama city council member

Shen Yun's portrayal of authentic culture has left Japanese audience members astounded.

"After watching such an excellent performance tonight, I am deeply grateful," Yoshinori said. "Both my wife and I are very touched. It truly is an outstanding form of art. I think what was displayed tonight is the true China, with an exquisite portrayal of the secular world, divine beings, and nature."

Member of Tokyo Council Admires Falun Gong Practitioners' Courage

Mr. Koichiro Yoshida, member of the Tokyo Council, traveled to Yokohama to see Shen Yun

Mr. Koichiro Yoshida, member of the Tokyo Council, regretted that he had missed Shen Yun's performance in Tokyo a few days earlier, so he made a special trip to Yokohama to enjoy the world-renowned show.

This was Mr. Yoshida's fourth time seeing a Shen Yun performance. He said, "Shen Yun is great. Every program is wonderful every time I have seen it."

He said that he understands China's current situation more after seeing Shen Yun, "The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) deprives the Chinese people of their freedom of independent thinking." He admires Falun Gong practitioners' courage to not be intimidated by the CCP's brutal persecution, and to continue to explain the facts of the persecution to the world.

Mr. Yoshida was impressed by the vocalists' unique voices, the female dancers' graceful dancing, and the pleasing sounds of the Chinese two-stringed instrument, the erhu. He was deeply touched by the dances that demonstrate Falun Gong practitioners' courageous spirits.