|In 2003, Shuichi Maruyama studied English at University
of California in Los Angeles for 1 year. Because
he is a teacher of English in Japan. During his
stay in America, he had 13 concerts from small home
concerts to big concerts Several concerts which
he played were shown on TV and Newspapers.
\In August, he had an outdoor concert at the 63 Nisei
Festival in little Tokyo with renowned Tsugaru Shamisen
player,Hiromitusu Agatsuma. More than 500people
got together for that concert. And he solo had a
solo concert at garden room in the Japan Cultural
center in Little Tokyo. At that time about 100peole
came to see him. He also played at the hall in University.
He had several concerts at UCR (University of California,
Riverside) where he stayed for 1 year.
In September, he had a chance to appear on TV commercial
for world Sumo wrestling competition held at Manhattan
country club in Los Angeles with renowned Sumo grand
In December, Shuichi Maruyama welcomed his teacher,
Tamashichiro Miura the 2nd to L.A. and had a concert
at the Zenshuji temple in downtown Los Angeles.
It was the first concert overseas for Tameshichiro
Miura the 2nd.
Coming back to Japan, he made a group called
gWASABIh to show Japanese Minyo and culture to
people overseas with Tameshichiro Miura (song),
Michiyasu Mihashi(Tsugaru Shamisen player of Mihashi
school) and Tamenobu Miura(Shakuhachi).
On October 2004, the group gWASABIh was invited
to L.A as a guest for Minyo concert held by Southern
California Minyo Association with renowned Japanese
dancer, Midori Nishizaki the 2nd. The concert
was held at the Armstrong Theater in Torrance
in L.A and the concert hall was full of many people-
Japanese Americans and Americans.
When shuichi Maruyama plays shakuhachi overseas,
he always introduces the background and the content
of the song in English. Because every Japanese
Minyo contains meaningful poetry and it is very
hard for non Japanese to understand Japanese Minyo
clearly without knowing the background of the
history of the songs.
In 2004, Shuichi Maruyama got the special and honorable
prize by Southern California Minyo Association
for his dedicated and outstanding service to show
Japanese Minyo overseas.
On May, 2005, he had a performance for music therapy
world meeting at Paradol Hotel in Segovia, Spain
and played gEsashi-Oiwakeh.