Under the direction of contemporary artist and Tokyo University of the Arts professor Katsuhiko Hibino, participants will parade with a five-color “mikoshi” portable shrine in celebration of the awarding of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to Tokyo.
Those wishing to help carry the “mikoshi” are asked to apply at the reception tent in the square in front of the Ueno Zoo police box in Ueno Park, beginning at 13:00. There T-shirts in the “mikoshi” colors and drinking water will be distributed (while supplies last). On the day of the event, bearers dressed in the colors of the “mikoshi” will carry it around the park.
*Participation limited in principle to those in the upper grades of elementary school
Anyone wishing to participate without carrying the “mikoshi” is welcome to join in the parade (No reservations necessary). Pom-poms will be distributed at the time of the parade.
Square in front of Ueno Zoo police box Registration of “mikoshi” portable shrine bearers Approx.
Square in front of Ueno Zoo police box Practice for chanting, carrying the “mikoshi”, and parade rhythm Approx.
Fountain in front of Tokyo National Museum
Performance by musical group following picture-taking Approx
Ueno Park Frog Fountain
A musical performance will follow conclusion of the parade.
Percussionists of all genres in a group formed in September 2008, using instruments from the “Maracatu Nação” music of Recife, Brazil, including the stomach-vibrating, foot-stomping “alfaia” drum, the indispensible “gonguê”, the “caxia” that gives the sound its direction, and the “agbê”, an instrument made to get you dancing. This is a progressive group that starts from the traditional music born of these instruments, and fuses various experimental forays into different genres, making each performance a new challenge. Its members, Tokyo residents drawn mainly from the Setagaya area, put out a powerful, physical sound, an “Afro-Setagaya beat” that covers everything from baseball cheering songs to work songs to Balinese “kecak”. They have performed on the J-Wave radio station’s “Saude! Saudade” program, at the Setouchi Triennale, and at “Sukiyaki Meets the World”.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Tokyo Culture Creation Project Office (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum