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Let's try various kinds of Japanese cultural experience with this meetup group!
We organize cultural experience with the event hosts who know Japanese culture and the experiences.
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Japanize of Specified Nonprofit Corporation permitted by Tokyo Government
Promoting Japanese Culture through offline cultural exchanges & internet services.
Upcoming events (3)
The Nihon Minka-en (日本民家園) is an open air architectural history museum in the suburbs of Kawasaki City. The museum is home to 25 traditional buildings from the Edo-Period [masked]) which were moved to Kawasaki starting in 1967 & are now nestled in the lovely, green Tama Hills.
Here are genuine, antique Japanese homes, (known as Minka) farmhouses, barns, "kura" storehouses & other structures, (including a water-wheel-driven grain mill & a rustic Kabuki theater!) some of them several hundreds of years old, which were carefully relocated to Kawasaki's Ikuta Park from as far away as Gifu, Toyama, Hokkaido & Aichi Prefectures!
These beautiful & historic structures have been reassembled, restored, & are now arranged in five areas according to their original geographical locations around Japan, such as: "Post Town’, ‘Village in Shin-etsu’ , ‘Village in Kanto’, ‘Village in Kanagawa’, ‘Village in Tohoku" & feel as if they are organically a part of an actual community.
Besides these marvelous buildings, on our way beside the path we'll see small temples & shrines, as well as carved stone images known as "Doso-jin", which often represent gods or couples.
These: "road ancestor deities" are a type of Shinto kami (spirit) worshipped around Japan where, as gods of borders and paths, they're believed to protect travelers, pilgrims, villages & residents from epidemics and evil spirits!
Dōsojin often resemble a human couple, carved male or female genitals, large stones, statues, or tall poles along a road, Dōsojin are sometimes revered as deities of marriage & fertility!
We'll visit many beautiful tiled, or thatch-roofed dwellings which once doubled as workspaces for silkworm cultivation, weaving & other traditional industries or handcrafts. These are staffed by costumed reenactors who show us how to work, cook, or live the way people did in the old days.
The multi-purpose structures are equipped with authentic agricultural implements, home furnishings, spiritual, or religious artifacts & other fascinating objects.
There is a small but excellent museum at the entrance to the park featuring models, photos & information about types of traditional Japanese houses, plus, many carpentry tools, medical implements, icons & other fascinating antiques!
Further into the park, one of the big Gassho Zukkuri type houses has been turned into an inexpensive restaurant, "Shirakawago" with Soba and other tasty items available & there is also an Aizome (Indigo) dyeing workshop there as well! (Aizome dying lessons are available by advance appointment only.)
Let's bring our lunches to eat in the park. There are nice rest areas available & a few places to buy treats & beverages!
(The walking course is 2.5 hours of easy walking, a total of around 5KM)
We'll walk about 12 minutes from the station to the Minkaen, visit the museum & take an unhurried lunch break around 12:30 or 1:00pm
Please wear comfortable shoes, bring your jacket & hat as needed.
NOTE: We work hard to plan interesting events and guide you to the best places, so please give generously! (Suggested fee: Students, Seniors or Low income:￥2000, others, pay from ￥[masked]. Your choice!)
Kawasaki Folk House Park admission will be included in the Meetup fee!
Well behaved KIDS ARE WELCOME & free to join with a parent!
Your suggestions (by personal message) are always welcome...
Thanks, Meetup organizer, Kerry D. 😎
Admission Free!! Japanese bamboo flute Shakuhachi Concert
The Regular Concert of Minato Ward Japanese Music Study Group
This is a concert where you can enjoy Japanese music through various schools of shakuhachi music.
◎This venue is not crowded, so you don't have to worry about new coronavirus infection.
・Date：on 8 Dec. 2022 From 18:00（Doors open at 17:45）
・Veneu：Akasaka Civic Hall（in 3F Akasaka Community Plaza,[masked],Akasaka Minato-ku,Tokyo）
・Access：10 minute walk from Exit A of Akaska-mitsuke Station on Ginza line or Marunouchi line
・Admission fee：free（Please RSVP. All seats are free. You can enter after the start time.）
The Minato-district Japanese Music Study Group has players who belong to the various groups, such as the Fuke-meian, the Kinko, the Tozan and each school.The length of the shakuhachi also ranges from 30cm to 100cm.The form of shakuhachi pipe also ranges from unpainted ungrounded pipes to contemporary fine-tuned ones.
Pieces from the classical komuso shakuhachi to ensembles with a Koto and a shamisen and western music.It is very rich in variety.
In addition, every single piece, we have programmed a program to be played by shakuhachi with different styles and lengths (or pipe making methods). The concert takes about 3 hours, but if you listen for 1 hour, you will be able to enjoy the various charms of shakuhachi.
Please feel free to visit us if you are interested in Japanese music, art and culture.
【無料】流派を超えた尺八演奏会 港区邦楽研究会 定期演奏会
・アクセス：東京メトロ 銀座線・丸の内線「赤坂見附」駅下車 A出口から徒歩10分
Wednesday, December 14th, join our tour to beautiful Sengaku-ji & Zojo-ji temples in Tokyo's Minato-ku for the "Gishi Gyoretsu"", a festive & colorful annual celebration of the legendary, "47 Ronin"!
Let's all come to honor the loyal 47 Samurai of Akoh!
This samurai legend is popular in Japan because it evokes important values of Japanese society: self-sacrifice, courage, patience & loyalty!
The "Akoh Gishi-sai" is immortalized in many kabuki plays, Joruri (a narrative ballad) & in many novels, woodblock prints, films & TV epics like: “Chushingura“ or "The League of Loyal Hearts"!
Every year on the date of the uchiiri (raid), numerous people visit the temple to pay homage to the loyal vassals of Akoh at their graves & watch the "Gishi Gyoretsu", a procession of volunteers dressed as the 47 Samurai parading through the streets.
The entire neighborhood becomes packed with crowds of spectators!
OUR TOUR: We'll explore Sengaku-ji temple & after a memorial ceremony starting at 11, we'll visit the Museum & the Hall of Heroes, then buy our lunch from the many traditional food stalls on the temple grounds, (Very tasty!)
After, we'll take a short ride to great Zojoji temple to greet the parade of 47 Samurai returning from Lord Kira's estate in Ryogoku with the wrapped head of Lord Kira, carried on a long spear!
(NOTE: this is pure theater, but it's a LOT of fun!)
THE SETTING: Many gorgeous temples, plus scenic Tokyo Tower, tall in the background with troops of armored samurai arrayed on the wide temple steps.
These are beautiful places, so this is a world-class photo opportunity. Plus, there are many other wonderful things to see nearby!
After the parade goes on to Sengaku-ji, we'll spend time exploring ancient Zojo-ji temple & lovely Shiba-Park beneath Tokyo Tower.
THE HISTORY: “The Forty-Seven Loyal Retainers from Akoh” is a drama based on an incident in 1703 when 47 vassals avenged their Master, Lord Asano’s death by killing his enemy, Lord Kira.
"In 1701, Naganori Asano, the lord in the area of Akoh, (in Western Japan, was sentenced by Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi to die by ritual suicide for having injured Kira Yoshinaka, (an elite samurai & tea master) who had insulted him in the Corridor of the Pines at Edo Castle in what is now Tokyo".
"On the same day, shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi sentenced Lord Asano to commit seppuku (hara-kiri) which he did after writing his death poem:
「風さそう花よりも / なお我はまた / 春の名残を / いかにとやせん」
"Kaze sasou hana yori mo / naho ware ha mata / haru no nagori wo / ika ni toyasen."
"More than the cherry blossoms,
Inviting a wind to blow them away,
I am wondering what to do,
With the remaining springtime."
Asano is buried in the graveyard of Sengaku-ji
"His grieving disciples, led by Oishi Yoshio, organized a suicide attack to avenge their master. They captured Kira on the 14th December 1702, removed his head, then took it to the grave of Asano at Sengaku-ji."
"At Sengaku-ji are the graves of the Lord who was forced to commit hara-kiri & his 47 loyal vassals who did the same after taking their revenge by defeating their Lord’s enemy."
Akoh Gishi Memorial Museum, completed in 2001, exactly 300 years after the death of their Master, displays fascinating mementos of the vassals as well as rare artifacts associated with the incident. There is also the "Hall of Wooden Heroes", which features large, wonderfully carved & painted figures of each samurai!
(Admission to both museums is just ￥500!)
NOTE: We work hard to plan interesting events and guide you to the best places, so please give generously! (Suggested: Students, Seniors or Low income:￥2000, others, pay from ￥[masked]. Your choice!)
KIDS ARE WELCOME and FREE to attend with a PARENT!
Being a "no-show" or changing your RSVP after our deadline hurts the other members, so please be considerate!
Thanks, Kerry D. 🌞