Saturday, May 20

Kagurazaka Rakuza – Storytellers′ Theater

In the old days, Storytellers′ Theater set up in the grounds of shrines and temples where people gathered was also a source of information and entertainment. That Storytellers′ Theater will be recreated in the grounds of Bishamonten Zenkoku-ji Temple. In addition to “Kodan” storytelling, traditional storytelling arts such as “Biwa” Five-stringed Japanese lute storytelling and Rokyoku will be performed. The easy-to-understand language and programs are sure to be enjoyed by all newcomers to the theater.

Saturday, May 20th starting at 13:30 / 15:30
Venue Special stage at Bishamonten Zenkoku-ji Temple

Takarai Kinkaku (“Kodan” storytelling)
Fujitaka Rieko (“Chikuzen biwa” Five-stringed Japanese lute)
Kanda Sanryoku (“Kodan” storytelling)
Azumaya Ichitaro + Azumaya Mitsu (“Rokyoku” storytelling)

“Kotohogi” Live Performance

Akagi-jinja Shrine was called “Three Shrines of Edo”. The shamisen music “Nagauta” and “Kiyomoto-bushi” shamisen performance which have been handed down along with Kabuki, and “Hayashi” Japanese traditional percussion which adds lively color to the music, are performed in Kaguraden Stage where the Kagura dance is dedicated. Japanese music will be performed together with the people gathered on the shrine grounds, wishing for happiness and peace in the world.

Saturday, May 20th
Venue Kaguraden Stage in Akagi-jinja Shrine

Starting at 13:00
Yoshimura Isojiro Troupe (“Nagauta” music) × Wakazishikai (“Hogaku Hayashi” Japanese traditional percussion)

Starting at 15:00
Kiyomoto Shigemidayu Troupe (“Kiyomoto-bushi” music) × Wakazishikai (“Hogaku Hayashi” Japanese traditional percussion)

Tobaya Riseki (Navigator)

Traditional Performing Arts Past and Present

“The Tale of the Heike” was handed down by “Biwa” Five-stringed Japanese lute players in ancient times. The young performers, who are the link between the Heike biwa, which is in danger of being lost, will tell the genealogy of how the biwa master became a professional performer in the Edo period through their performance and easy-to-understand talk. Then, Kanze Kyukokai will perform the Noh play “Tsunemasa” based on “The Tale of the Heike”.

Saturday, May 20th
Venue Yarai Noh theater

Starting at 14:00
Performance The Heike Narrative Research Society (“Heike biwa” Four-stringed Japanese lute × Shamisen × “Sou” Japanese harp × “Kokyu” Japanese fiddle)

Starting at 16:00
Kanze Kyuko Kai (Noh)

Cyril Coppini (Navigator)

*Numbered tickets will be distributed at the venue 90 minutes prior to the start of each show.

Geisha / Traditional Performing Artists Live Performance

In the hall of a long-established kappo restaurant, we will introduce singing, shamisen, and dancing by Geisha ladies, and “Ozashiki games” that guests can enjoy together, which are unique to Kagurazaka. In addition, visitors can enjoy “Rakugo” storytelling, a popular form of Japanese comic storytelling, and “Kamikiri” paper cutting, an impromptu performance in which paper is cut based on a theme given by the audience.

Saturday, May 20th starting at 14:00
Venue Shimakin

Kagurazaka Geisha Ladies
Ryutei Koenshi (“Rakugo” storytelling)
Hayashiya Hana (Peper Cutting Act)

Registration in advance

[Accepted from Friday, April 28th at 10:00 am]
Reservation form :

Street Performance – Shinnai Nagashi

The sound of shamisen music you hear when you wander into a stone-paved alley. It is a “Nagashi no Geino” that you encounter as if by chance. The chic appearance of “Shinnai Nagashi” performed by local Kagurazaka resident and living national treasure Tsuruga Wakasanojo shamisen troupe of “Shinnai-bushi” music will float down the alleys and side streets of Kagurazaka. Listen quietly to the ephemeral and melancholy tone of the music.

Saturday, May 20th starting at 16:00 / 19:00 Venue Start from Jinai Park

Tsuruga Wakasanojo shamisen troupe (“Shinnai-bushi” music)

Street Performance – Johana Hikiyama Festival ‹Iori Uta›

“Edo-Hauta” music, which was introduced to Johana in Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture, was sung for 300 years as Iori Uta at the local Johana Hikiyama Festival, and survived as a unique culture. These “Iori Uta” returned to Edo. The young men of Johana parade through the back alleys of Kagurazaka with their shamisen, flutes, and singing voices, maintaining the atmosphere of the Hikiyama Festival.

Saturday, May 20th starting at 17:30
Venue Start from Bishamonten Zenkoku-ji Temple

Hotetsu Kai (Johana folk performing art of Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture)

Bishamonten Zenkoku-ji Temple – Evening Concert

The main hall of Bishamonten Zenkoku-ji Temple, which floats in the night light, will be the stage for “Tezuma” Japanese classical magic, the reunion of Edo period “Hauta” music and Iori Uta, which has been handed down in Johana, Toyama, and the cross-cultural collaboration of “Hogaku-Bayashi” Japanese traditional percussion and contemporary dance. This is a program that allows you to enjoy the “Night of Kagurazaka,” a place that has given birth to many tasty cultural experiences.

Saturday, May 20th starting at 19:00
Venue Bishamonten Zenkoku-ji Temple Grounds

Fujiyama Taiju (“Tezuma” Japanese traditional magic)
Honjo Maruhide + Honjo Hideeiji (“Edo-Hauta” music) × Hotetsu Kai (Johana folk performing art of Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture)
Wakazishikai (“Hogaku Hayashi” Japanese traditional percussion) × Madmoiselle Cinema (Contemporary dance)
Cyril Coppini (Navigator)

*Numbered tickets will be distributed at the venue 90 minutes prior to the start of each show.

Let’s play! Japanese musical instruments

“Koto” Japanese harp, shamisen and “Kokyu” Japanese fiddle, three of Japan’s most popular traditional musical instruments, will be taught in a gentle and easy-to-understand manner, from how to set up the koto and how to play the shamisen. Children and adults are welcome to participate.

Saturday, May 20th starting at 13:00
Venue Akagi-jinja Shrine Gallery

*Registration will take place on the day. (Advance registration not required).

Kids’ Square

Families can enjoy traditional games such as “Koma” and “Kendama”, as well as building blocks, spontaneously under the sky.

Saturday, May 20th starting at 13:00
Venue Bishamonten Zenkoku-ji Temple Grounds