Welcome to the Official Website of Kagurazaka Street Stage O-edo Tour 2015

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Come and experience a variety of traditional performing arts in Kagurazaka!
We are very happy to inform you that we will hold the event “Kagurazaka Street Stage O-edo Tour 2015” again this year. This project aims to introduce a variety of traditional performing arts representing Japan, to many people regardless of generations, in an easy-to-understand and enjoyable way. It also showcases the charms of Kagurazaka, a traditional and cultural town resonant with a mixed atmosphere of Old and Modern Tokyo as well as a sense of sophisticated Paris.
Artists from a new face to a veteran, of a wide variety of field and active on the front lines of traditional performing arts, will get together and show you unique performances, with the support by the local people. Any visitor, who is unfamiliar with traditional performing arts, one in younger generation, or a guest from overseas, will surely enjoy those programs.
In the two-day event, comprising the Eve and Main Festival, various artists with deep connections to Kagurazaka will honor us with their performances. Also the group of folk melodies, which attracted much attention last year, carrying on the legacy of Edo-period (1603-1867) culture and performing arts, will be invited from Toyama Prefecture again this year.
Last year, the second time this event was held, we were fortunate enough to have an attendance of over forty thousand people; this year you too have the opportunity to see how tradition gets mixed with everyday life. Kagurazaka is a place where Japan’s traditional arts still live. Please join us in this two-day celebration.

Charms of Kagurazaka
In the 17th century, Kagurazaka was developed as a residential district for “Samurai” soldiers, along the main street that connected the Edo castle and a noble soldier’s residence. Since then it also has been a district of performing arts with traditional music instruments, where a number of culturati loved and lived. The Karyukai* was born here at the end of the Edo period, and became so flourished in the following decades. Especially in the early Showa period (1925 -mid 1930s), the district had some department stores lined up and was so called “Ginza of Yamanote,” meaning another top commercial district on hillside.
*Karyukai: A society or physical district of Geisha Ladies – who have trained manners and skills of traditional music and dancing, and Ryotei – where Geisha Ladies show traditional performances over Japanese course dinner.
The district was completely destroyed by the air raids in the WW II, but rather quickly restored its prosperity in the 1960s. In recent years, the Karyukai has scaled down, yet we still find the steady sense in the district of Ryotei where stone-paved alleys and black-board walls are laid out, with the sounds of shamisen, a traditional music instrument, flowing over. At the same time Kagurazaka hosts many French residents and restaurants that creates atmosphere of somewhat like in back alleys in Paris, adding another charm. Such diversity, harmony of old and new, attracts many people.

Eve
The “night scene in Kagurazaka” is one of the charms of Kagurazaka, and has contributed much to the attractive aspects of the cultural scenes. The places with stone-paved alleys and black-board walls are quite alluring in the evening. Attractions include various features that enable visitors to enjoy the charms of Kagurazaka’s night scene: evening alley strolling, traditional performing arts at fancy shops, and more.

前夜祭

Shop Strolling / Live Performance of Classic Arts
Performers of classic arts related to Kagurazaka will show mini live performances at fancy shops in Kagurazaka.

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When
November 14 (Sat), 2015, around 15:00-21:30 *Rain or shine.

Places
Performer and Program / Places 15:00 Cyril Coppini (Rakugo comic story) / The Royal Scotsman (pub) 16:00 Tobaya Riseki (Nagauta music) / Ryukoutei (Chinese restaurant) 18:00 Okamura Shintaro(Jiuta music) / Fugastylecafe (cafe) 20:00/21:00 Kasuga Toyotokuhana (Kouta music) / The Agnes Tokyo (cocktail lounge)

Admission
Free, (exclusive food and drink),reservation not required

Shinnai Nagashi Performance on the Streets in Kagurazaka
Performers of Shinnai Nagashi, usually consisting of two shamisen players perform while walking on the streets and alleys in Kagurazaka. They perform and go around alleys, unique to Kagurazaka.

前夜祭

Date
November 14 (Sat), 2015, around 17:00-18:00/19:00-20:00

Place
On the streets in Kagurazaka

Performer
Troupe of Wakasanojo Tsuruga, a Living National Treasure living in Kagurazaka

Johana Folk Performance Ioriuta Music on the Streets in Kagurazaka
In Johana of Nanto City(Toyama prefecture), a traditional festival (designated as Important Intangible Cultural Property) called “Hikiyama Matsuri” is being held for 300 years. In the floats featured in this festival are groups playing flutes and shamisen; their music called “iori-uta” comes from the Edo period and is specific to the Johana area.

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When
November 14 (Sat), 2015, around 17:00-18:00/18:30-19:30

Where
On the streets in Kagurazaka

Performer
Troupe of Johana Ioriuta Music Houtetsu Kai

Main Festival
The grounds of Bishamonten Zenkokuji Temple will be the center of Kagurazaka, storytelling performances going back to the Edo period; at the same time, you can enjoy all kinds of events, live music performances, traditional parlor games with geisha ladies in “Kenban”, a stamp-collection taking you on a sentimental journey back in time, and classical performing arts in Akagi Shrine’s Kagura performance hall. In essence, the “Kagurazaka Street Stage O-edo Tour 2015” will again transform the whole neighborhood to a stage and visitors can experience how in Kagurazaka tradition meets modern age and how the people are one with their land.

本祭

Kagurazaka Rakuza Story telling performance
In the old days, people would get much of their education from lectures within the grounds of temples and shrines. Building on this tradition, this year there will be in the Bishamonten Zenkokuji Temple a stage where young storytellers will recount stories about Kagurazaka’s history. The stories will be either accompanied by a biwa lute or told in the joruri ballad style (Gidayu-bushi, Shinnai-bushi) and they will all paint a vivid-color image of the vibrant life of Kagurazaka through the ages.

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When
November 15 (Sun), 2015, 11:00-12:40/13:00-14:40/15:30-16:30

Where
Special stage in the precincts of Bishamonten Zenkokuji Temple

Admission
Free, reservation not required

Performer and program
Storyteller (Sanryoku Kanda, Kirari Kanda),Satsuma biwa lute (Biwa Duo), Gidayu-bushi (Takemoto Kyounosuke × Tsuruzawa Kazu),Shinnai-bushi (Tsuruga Isekichi × Tsuruga Iseyuki)

Performing Arts Tour and Street Live Performances in Kagurazaka
Three places are set up on the streets in Kagurazaka where you can enjoy a variety of traditional performing arts while strolling in the district. Performances by a fusion unit of tradition and modern, a performer recreating the spirit of Edo, and others will entertain every visitor, regardless of age or gender.

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When
November 15 (Sun), 2015, 12:30-16:30

Where
3 places: in front of Shimakin, Yamashita Shikki Shop, and Park Luxe Kagurazakamae

Admission
Free, reservation not required

Performer and program
Maruichi Senoh Troupe (Edo-Daikagura music), McQueen-Tokita Miyama & Yoshimine YujiroKoto & Bass, Seshami Street Boys (Tsugaru shamisen performance), Onsen Tamago (Japanese flute, Shakuhachi Japanese flute & Shamisen), Oyama Yutaka × Otawa Masaki(Tsugaru shamisen & Japanese drum), Gagaku Zanmai Nakamura’s Family (Japanese Ancient Music), Shen kyomei × Tashima Michiwo × Kuriyama Toyoji(Shakuhachi Japanese flute, Guitar & Percussion), Kamijo Mitsuru (The Edo Marionette Group (Puppet play)), Kiba Daisuke × Yoshiba Miho (Kokyu & Koto Japanese harp), Biwa Duo(Goto Yukihiro × Mizushima Yuiko)

Shinnai Nagashi Performance on the Streets in Kagurazaka
Performers of Shinnai Nagashi, usually consisting of two shamisen players perform while walking on the streets and alleys in Kagurazaka. They perform and go around alleys, unique to Kagurazaka.

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Date
November 15 (Sun), 2015,  11:30-12:40/13:30-14:40

Place
On the streets in Kagurazaka

Performer
Troupe of Wakasanojo Tsuruga, a Living National Treasure living in Kagurazaka

Johana Folk Performance Ioriuta Music on the Streets in Kagurazaka
In Johana of Toyama’s Nanto City (Toyama prefecture), a traditional festival (designated as Important Intangible Cultural Property) called “Hikiyama Matsuri” is being held for 300 years. In the floats featured in this festival are groups playing flutes and shamisen; their music called “iori-uta” comes from the Edo period and is specific to the Johana area.

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When
November 15 (Sun), 2015, 13:00-14:00/14:30-15:30

Where
On the streets in Kagurazaka

Performer
Troupe of Johana Ioriuta Music Houtetsu Kai

Experiencing Ozashiki Asobi (Traditional Japanese Parlor Games)
Ozashiki-asobi is the name of the traditional parlor games with geisha ladies in Japan. This entertainment offers a good opportunity for foreign visitors to enjoy and experience Japanese traditional performing arts in a casual manner. The Kenban (the administration office and training place for geisha) is the gateway to karyukai and usually closed to the public. except for this special occasion.

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When
November 15 (Sun), 2015, two performances at 13:00-14:00 and 14:30-15:30 *The same program for both performances

Where
Kenban (the administration office and training place for geisha)

Admission
2,500 yen -Reservation necessary
(Up to 40 persons per performance for two performances = 80 persons in total)
-Brochures in English and consecutive interpretation are available on the day.
-For tickets, contact “Confetti.”
http://confetti-web.com/ Tel.0120-240-540
*Tall-free number
*Operators are available 10:00-18:00 on weekdays (Japanese Only) Tickets sold out

Performer
Geisha in Kagurazaka

Evening Live Music Performance at Akagi Shrine Kagura Hall
In the performance hall of the Akagi Shrine, a spot that has become synonymous with Kagurazaka’s refined charm, there will be a musical performance of a genre tinted by elements of classic Japanese music (gagaku, nagauta etc.). For the finale, the performers who have appeared in other events of the “Kagurazaka Street Stage O-edo Tour 2015” will join the musicians on stage and all together—artists, staff and audience—will bring the two-day festival to a close.

夕暮れライブ

When
November 15 (Sun), 2015, 15:50 – around 17:30

Where
Kagura Hall in Akagi Shrine

Admission
Free, reservation not required

Performer
Yoshimura Isojiro (Nagauta music), Gagaku Zanmai Nakamura’s Family (Japanese ancient music),Kiba Daisuke (Kokyu), Yoshiba Miho (Koto Japanese harp), Maruichi Senoh Troupe

Kagurazaka Stamp Rally “Time Warp”
You can enjoy and learn about Kagurazaka while touring seven points in the district. You will encounter old day daidogei street performers around the points. If you are in a photo with them, you will experience being back on a traditional scene. Also, historical guides are available at seven or eight particular places in the course. They will help fulfill your various interests. If you collect enough stamps, you will get original goods of this event at the exchange place.

神楽坂タイムスリップ

When
November 15 (Sun), 2015, 11:00-16:30

Where
Throughout Kagurazaka, 7 stamp spots

Admission
Free, reservation not required

Performer and program
Japan’s Street Performers, Street Performance Association (Picture Telling Jigoku-Gokuraku , Nankin tamasudare, Waiwai Tennoh and others)

Outline of the Event
Kagurazaka Street Stage O-edo Tour 2015

When
Eve: 15:00 to 21:30 on November 14 (Sat), 2015, *Rain or shine.
Main Festival: 11:00 to 17:30 on November 15 (Sun), 2015, *Rain or shine.

※ Rain or shine unless the weather becomes dangerous. (When it rains, the information such as a place for the performance will be provided at the venue on the event day and also on the website.)

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Where
Kagurazaka area – The Bishamonten Zenkokuji Temple, Akagi Shrine, Tokyo Kagurazaka Association “Kenban” (the administration and accounting office for geisha), Kagurazaka Street and other streets / alleys, historic and scenic sites and the others.

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Admission
Free (“Experiencing Ozashiki Asobi” will be subject to fees, reservation required.)

Contact
Kagurazaka Street Stage O-edo Tour 2015 Office (inside Koten Kukan Office),Onogi / Furusaki / Sato
Tel: 03-5478-8265 (Japanese Only) (10:00-18:00 on Weekdays)
Fax: 03-5478-8267
E-mail: info@koten.co.jp (English available)
Official website: http://kaguramachi.jp/

Organized by Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Supported and cooperated by Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Under the auspiece of Shinjuku city and Shinjuku Convention & Visitors Bureau
In collaboration with Tokyo Kagurazaka Association, Bishamonten Zenkokuji Temple, Akagi Shrine, Ikimachi co., Kagurazaka-Tori Street Association, Kagurazaka Merchants Union, Edo-Tokyo-Guide Group, Tokyo Metropolitan Comprehensive Consumer Center, The Ikimachi Club, KPMG AZSA LLC, Dai-Ichi Kangyo Credit Cooperative (Kagurazaka Branch), and Japan Publishers Club

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