A picnic at a cultural site!?

Welcome to an hour and a half picnic-style tour experiencing the culture in the autumn Taga castle ruins. Enjoy Japan’s traditional performing arts with local sweets, talk sessions and regional entertainment related to Miyagi’s Japan Heritage; The “DATE Culture” fostered by Masamune.”

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.


Talk about Japan Heritage in Miyagi

Matsuo Basho
(Date Military Commander Team)

Folk performences

Shishiodori in Kawamae

Shishiodori is said to have originated from ancient India; when a devastating famine was caused by rice insects, tens of thousands of deers appeared and eradicated them. Since then, people started to dance wearing a figure of deer, Shishigashira, on their heads. Elementary and middle school students of Kawamae Shishiodori and Kenbai Preservation Society will perform.


Ota Yutaka, Manabe Naoyuki

From Asuka period to Heian period, traditional Japanese ceremonial music and dance were combined with those of China and Korea to form a unique style and was passed down to people as Gagaku (ancient court music). Please enjoy short pieces of music played with Ryuteki flute, Sho (Chinese end-blown flute), and singing with talk sessions.

Japanese Classical Dance with Nagauta Shamisen Music “Four Seasons”

Fujima Naozo, Kineya Gosuke, Ajimi Yu, Mochizuki Hideyuki, Sumida Fukujuro, Katada Kisaburo, Housei

Original music and dance will be performed with the theme “four seasons.” Beautiful scenery, a great crowd of people, world of tranquility, and other atmosphere will be expressed.



Thane Camus

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.


Matsuo Basho

The storyteller of Oshu (Tohoku district), traveled many traditional sites in Oshu and made poems of those places. Is recognized as the greatest master of Haiku poem. He has revived into this Heisei period and is now transmitting the attractiveness of Miyagi inside and outside Japan as a member of Date Bushotai, Oshu-Sendai Hospitality Group.

Japanese Classical Dance

Fujima Naozo

Born in 1992 in Tokyo. Began studying Japanese dance at the age of 6, already has 20 years of history as a performer! Has a strong and eloquent style. Has received many awards and is a promising young dancer. Also, he has received 4th in the lightweight class of World Karate Championship.

Nagauta Shamisen

Kineya Gosuke

Born on 1983 in Saga prefecture. Began learning shamisen under Kineya Goshu. Studied under Kineya Gosaburo Ⅲ and Ⅳ. Masters degree from the Tokyo University of the Arts, faculty of music, department of traditional Japanese music. Performs in many fields such as Kabuki, Japanese dance, and TV programs.

Nagauta Hayashi

Mochizuki Hideyuki

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.


Ota Yutaka

Specializes in flute, biwa, and samai (dances performed on the left side of the stage of Gagaku, originates from China and India). Appears in Gagaku performances inside and outside Japan. His music compositions are a mix of east and west; for example, he used “orin”(Buddhist bell) when composing the departure melody of Shintakaoka station of Hokuriku Shinkansen.


Manabe Naoyuki

From 2011 to 2012, as the cultural ambassador of Agency for Cultural Affairs, collaborated in composing new pieces and performed the Sho (Chinese end-blown flute) in over 30 cities, 12 countries. After returning to Japan, he continues to promote introducing Gagaku to Europe on a regular basis.

Folk performences

Shishiodori in Kawamae

Shishiodori has been passed down to people of Kawamae (Aoba district, Sendai city), the favorite fishing location of Date Masamune, the first lord of Sendai. It is said that when the fifth lord Date Yoshimura saw this folklore entertainment, he praised its grace and gave permission to wear one of the family crest of Date, Kuyo (nine-planet crest), and silk curtains.



From 14:00-15:30 (Doors open at 1:30pm)


Special Stage at Tagajo Ruins (Special Historic Site)




240 seats without reservation (required to book in advance for chair seat)


Japan Council of Performers Rights & Performing Arts Organizations [GEIDANKYO]
TEL03-5909-3060 FAX03-5909-3061
Email: takaramono★geidankyo.or.jp
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Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, Japan Council of Performers Rights & Performing Arts Organizations


“Date” Culture Promotion Project Executive Committee

Public Relation Cooperation

KNT Corporate Business Co., Ltd


Kyodo News, Japan Playwrights Association, Nagauta Association, Japanese Classical Dance Association Inc., Kawamae Shishiodori and Kenbai Preservation Society, Historic City Tagajo Manyo Festival Executive Committee


ScriptGintaro IbuseGin’s Bar
Art DirectionKosuke Niwano (Shinmura Design Office)
WebTakehiro Kawase (POLAAR), Ayumi Furudo(mikazuki), Alexei Moroboshi(Mana Design),Tomohiko Manabe (neold)
PhotoMovieTakahiro Tsuboi/DIRECTORY Inc.

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