Double Fun @ Kagurazaka Awa-Odori Dance Festa plus "Villains of Ukiyoe" Exhibit!
sam. 28 juillet à 08:00
On Saturday, July 28th, we're offering a double-barrelled meetup! Part #1 we'll attend a top quality exhibit of ghostly Edo-Period Prints, and then, Part #2 enjoy the fabulous Kagurazaka Awa Odori Dance Festival! Since summer is the time for ghost stories in Japan, we're presenting our first "Ghostly Tokyo" Tour for 2018, starting with the exhibition: "VILLIANS in UKIYO-E" at the top-rated Ota Memorial Museum of Art. The exhibit features a fantastic collection of rare and authentic Edo-Period prints of lovely, if ghastly scenes of legendary villainous men, and women! Ōta Memorial Museum of Art was founded based on the ukiyo-e collection of late Seizō Ota Ⅴ, in order to share its 12,000 piece collection to the public. http://www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp/eng/about "Why are we attracted by evil?" "In TV dramas, movies and novels, villainous roles are often depicted as more attractive than the protagonist roles. The people of Edo also seem to have been aware of the unfathomable attraction of “evil”. For example, when a notorious thief was caught and dragged around the streets, it was filled with people who came to catch a glimpse of the legendary evil man. Big incidents such as Akō Incident (also known as The 47 Ronin) in the Genroku period were made into kabuki plays immediately, and Kira Kōzukenosuke, considered to be the villain of the incident, established his position as an evil figure. At the end of the Edo Period, a genre of plays called “Shiranami mono” in which many thieves appeared was popular, and the thieves and scoundrels in these plays were adored. Whether it was in reality or in fiction, people in those days were curious about the charm of “evil”, and were sometimes intoxicated by it. Thieves such as Nezumikozō Jirokichi, chivalrous men such as Banzuiin Chōbei, malicious authorities, evil women and wicked sorcerers, and other villainous figures in Edo from both reality and fiction, are brought to life for you again in Ota Memorial Museum of Art." Museum admission: Adults: ￥1000. Students: ￥700.
100 yen discount (per person) for a group of over 10 people @};^) Part #2 Kagurazaka Awa Odori Dance Festival! (Free admission) After the exhibit, we'll take a short train ride to Iidabashi where the famous Kagurazaka Dance Festival is held from 5:30 until 9:00pm. http://www.kagurazaka.in/kagurazaka-festival/ "The Kagurazaka Matsuri lasts four days from July 25th: two days for the Hozuki Market & two days for the Kagurazaka Awa Odori Taikai (Dance Tournament). A great opportunity to experience a little of the Edo atmosphere in this traditional area of Tokyo. At 7 p.m. when the summer's sun was set, the majestic musical accompaniment rings in the slope, the "Awa Odori Tournament" starts! Please enjoy hot performances & dances!" (No food stalls present during the event. We can get food at convenience stores if needed) Awa Odori schedule: Child Awa Odori Tournament" will be held from 6 pm - 7 pm before the start of the Adult's Awa Odori. Adults Awa Odori Taikai: About 20 groups and 1,200 members participate in the Awa Odori Taikai from 19:00-21:00 Around 1,000 local elementary school, kindergarten & nursery school children practice hard & show off breathtaking dances. The start is under Kagurazaka, passing the top of Kagurazaka and the front of Akagi Shrine is the goal. "Behind the traditional torii is the completely renewed Shinto shrine by renowned architect Kuma Kengo. The shrine is located at the top of Kagurazaka." @}:^) PLEASE NOTE: Extra culture and style points go to any member dressed in traditional dress such as Yukata, Kimono or Jinbei! Coming late, being a "no-show" or changing your RSVP late affects your fellow members and organizers, so please be considerate. This is a non-smoking meetup. If you smoke, please do only in designated smoking areas. An umbrella & insect repellent is often helpful! Your comments & suggestions are welcome! Thanks, your Meetup organizer, Kerry D. @}:^)