The province of Wakasa was situated along the Sea of Japan’s coastline in what is now Fukui Prefecture. The coastal hub of Wakasa also connected the sea trade from China and Korea to the inland trade routes. Local ports and castle towns sprang up and flourished along this route.
"A Cultural Heritage Linking the Sea to the Ancient Capital" is recognised as Japan Heritage.
We are going to present the Japanese classical dance with nagauta shamisen music by young up-and-coming performers, Kodan and folk performance as well as talks about Japan Heritage!
Navigator ／ Thane Camus
Thane was hooked on Kyogen when he acted in a contemporary Kyogen with a comedian, Kiyotaka Nanbara, and was taught by Manzo Nomura. He's become very familiar with various traditional cultures since then.
Kodan "Kodan about the history of Wakasa"
A piece about Saba Kaido (the old mackerel highway) written specially for this event. It is the first performance in the world! Enjoy the powerful storytelling of Kodan.
Japanese Classical Dance with Nagauta Shamisen Music “Wakasa Four Seasons”
Hanayagi Genkuro, Imafuji Ryunosuke, Kineya Katsueiji, Kineya Katsujuro, Kineya Toshiki, Mochizuki Hideyuki, Mochizuki Masaharu, Mochizuki Yoko, Mochizuki Kimiho
The four seasons of Wakasa (ancient name for Fukui prefecture) will be expressed with each motifs of Nagauta (Japanese classicalmusic): moon for spring, sea for summer, festival for autumn, and snow for winter. With Shamisen and Hayashi (musical band) performance as the highlight, you can enjoy both dance and music at the same time.
Folk performance "Bofuri Odaiko"
Unpin Odaiko Hozon Kai
Acrobatic bo-furi (stick waving) drum matches with the dynamic sound of Odaiko (big drum). They are dedicated in many festivals around Wakasa; it is said to purify evil spirits and god of plagues by hitting the sticks at every street corners.
Born in New York, U.S.A. He loves Japanese culture in depth and travels around Japan. He got legitimate practice of Kyogen and has been starring in Gendai Kyogen, contemporary Kyogen, from 2009.
Secretary-general of Miketsukuni WakasaClub. CEO of Tamuracho Co., Ltd., a renowned seafood processor. Promotes in town development making use of its history and engages in the public relations of history and culture of Miketsukuni Wakasa Obama’s seafood and Saba Kaido.
A policy specialist of cultural heritage in Culture section of Obama city. Acts inside and outside region as the group leader of Utilitaion of Japan Heritage. As a monk, researches and passes on the culture of Obama’s shrines. A member of Miketsukuni Wakasa Club.
Born in Osaka. Has a unique career of working as an office worker, then an actress, before becoming a storyteller. In 2015, received the Rookie of the Year Awardof National Arts Festival. In 2016, received the Rookie of the Year Award of culture of Yao city. Last year, succeeded the professional name “Konanryo Ⅴ”.
Japanese Classical Dance
Born on 1981 in Nara. Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2003. Is known for his colorful and powerful performance style which fascinates people. Won the Incentive Award of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2017. Received the new face award from Association of Dance Critics in 2013.
Born on 1978 in Chiba. Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts. Has shiny sound and skillful technique. Plays in variety of performances such as Kabuki, Japanese classic dance, and other concerts. Has won awards in playing Tsugaru-shamisen as well.
Born in 1983 in Tokyo. Learned Ohayashi (musical accompaniment) since early age, has 30 years of history as a performer! Appears in Kabuki performances at Nakamuraza and many other dance performances. Recently has produced “Ohayashi project,” a project aiming for the coexistence of Eastern and Western music.
14 October, 2017
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Cooperation＝Unpin Odaiko Hozon Kai, Kyodo News, Japan Playwrights Association, Nagauta Association, Japanese Classical Dance Association Inc.,
Yoshihide Okamoto (Kansai Butai)
Kosuke Niwano (Shinmura Design Office)
Takehiro Kawase (POLAAR), Asao Kawaida (musubime), Tomohiko Manabe (neold)
Kota Yamada, Isao Horikiri
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