| Mr. Kazuhito Miki from Hyogo Prefecture became acquainted with a colleague
who was a famed performer of Higo Chonkake Goma while assigned to
Self Defense Force duty in Kumamoto City. Miki-san learned the techniques
of top performance from him.
Following reassignment to Itami City in Hyogo, he experienced the
damage and suffering as a result of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake
that occurred in 1995. Following the earthquake, he began to visit
nursery and elementary schools whose children had been adversely affected
by the earthquake. The Higo Chonkake Goma performances were conducted
to console them. To date, he has visited approximately 200 schools
for that purpose. Since retiring from the Self Defense Forces in 2001,
Miki-san has continued to give his top performance as a volunteer.
On stage at 2007 Aki Matsuri, Miki-san performed his splendid
feat using a top and cord while being accompaniment by his wife playing
(Photo courtesy of Miki-san)