Kanagawa Updates (Jul. '21)



Special Programs for Tokyo 2020 NIPPON Festival

   Tokyo 2020 NIPPON Festival is an official cultural program of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Kanagawa Prefectural Government (K.P.G.) will be hosting/co-hosting art programs online for the occasion. 


1. “Our Glorious Future-Kanagawa 2021”

image   Distributed online as one of the events of “ONE-Our New Episode-Presented by Japan Airlines”, under the theme of “creation of a co-existence society”. 

   Our Glorious Future-Kanagawa 2021 is an official cultural program jointly conducted by K.P.G. and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

   Leading figures of various fields of art and culture who have links with Kanagawa will transmit their performance or works of dance, play, media art, music and craft to the world from Momijigaoka Cultural Zone and other venues.  The main venue, Momijigaoka Cultural Zone, comprises of cultural facilities of Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall, Youth Center and Prefectural Library, designed by late architect MAEKAWA Kunio, and other surrounding facilities.  This zone is expected to become the central area of culture and art of Kanagawa. 

   This program is available free of charge.  Access the official website (https://kanagawa.nippon-fes-one.tokyo2020.org/) for viewing.  Details including distribution schedule will be announced when decided.  Please see the above website for the latest information. 


2. Original performance of Noh play and opera, “Shizuka, Love and Death”

   By integrating opera with Noh, Japan’s traditional art, an original performance is created aiming to raise interest in Kanagawa’s traditional culture and history, and promote mutual understanding of various cultures and arts crossing the border. 

   The performance will take place from 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 7, at Kanagawa Prefectural Kenmin Hall with no audience, and distributed live online. Archive distribution will be also available. 


Part I.  Noh play “Funa Benkei”
performance 2   Funa Benkei is an easy to understand Noh play based on “Gikeiki”( a military epic about the life of Yoshitsune), “Heike Monogatari” (Tale of the Heike) and “Azuma Kagami”(Mirror of the East), which depicts episodes of Minamoto-no Yoshitsune, Benkei and Shizuka-gozen.  The storyline is narrated from the viewpoint of Benkei. 

   The first part, which is about separation of Shizuka and Minamoto-no Yoshitsune, is performed in this program.  The story continues to Part II. 


Parperformance 3t II.  Opera “Shizuka and Yoshitsune”
   The second part is a digest version of the opera of Shizuka and Yoshitsune, which was first performed as an opening work of Kamakura Performing Arts Centre.  The opera, written and scripted by a popular novelist/lyricist NAKANISHI Rei and composed by MIKI Minoru, ended in a great success. From the three acts of “Separation in the Snowy Mt. Yoshino-yama”, “Dance of Shizuka at Hachiman-gu Shrine” and “Death of Shizuka and Visions of Love”, famous scenes linked with Funa Benkei of PartⅠis selected and performed.  

   Japanese and English subtitles are shown so that non-Japanese viewers and beginners will be able to enjoy it.   


   For details on the distribution, please see the official website (https://special2108.kanaphil.or.jp).



Tomoiki Art Support Project

   An extremely tragic incident occurred on July 26, 2016, at “Tsukui Yamayuri-en”, a prefectural home for the mentally challenged, claiming lives of nineteen people.  In the hope that such an incident will never be repeated, Kanagawa Prefectural Government, together with the prefectural assembly, established “Kanagawa Charter for a Society Living Together in Harmony” with firm determination.


   Against this background, we started “Tomoiki* Art Support Project” in 2020 to offer opportunities that everyone with disabilities can appreciate, create and demonstrate art and culture regardless of the level or state of impairment, aiming to realize a society where people with various backgrounds can live harmoniously.  (*Tomoiki is a short for “living together” in Japanese.)

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  This year, we hold “Tomoiki Art Exhibition” to show works created by artists with disabilities in cooperation with Tokai University and three organizations in the prefecture which support art activities of these people (NPO Art de Vivre, studio COOCA and NPO studio FLAT ).

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   Tomoiki Art Exhibition is held at Exchange Space of Studio HIKARI in Kanagawa Prefectural Youth Center.  Works for exhibition are regularly replaced.  The schedule is as below.


・studio FLAT: Thurs., June 10 to Sun., August 15, 2021

・studio COOCA: Tue., August 31 to Sun., December 5, 2021

・Art de Vivre: Wed., December 8, 2021 to Sun., March 6, 2022

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   Special website of the exhibition at the Youth Center is opened in the site of Matsumae Kinenkan of Tokai University, the co-organizer.  Please visit the site and feel the charm of the art works.

URL: http://www.kinenkan.u-tokai.ac.jp/tomoikiart-online/