Variety of traditional performing artists will take over the entire Kagurazaka area on this day! Centered around a specially built stage “Rakuza” on the grounds of Bishamonten Temple (Zenkoku-ji), events will include the ozashiki asobi experience-Geisha entertainment, Komuso shakuhachi monks and “Shinnai nagashi” (playing Shinnai through the streets), street corner performances by a variety of traditional performers, and a stamp rally “Time Warp”. Enjoy the charm of Japanese culture to the fullest in an area brimming over with the spirit of Edo.
(Admission will be charged only for performances at the Tokyo Kagurazaka Association/”Kenban”.)
Venue; Bishamonten Zenkoku-ji
Time schedule; (1) 12:45 – 14:10 (2) 14:30 – 15:55
Yushimatenjin Shiraumetaiko Hozonkai
Daikagura Kyokugei Kyoukai
Venue; Tokyo kagurazaka Association/”Kenban”
Time schedule; (1) 13:00 – 14:00 (2) 14:30 – 15:30
Frolicking (Ozashiki Games):
“Kagurazaka and Geisha”
Geishas are traditional female Japanese entertainers. They are skilled at various Japanese arts, like playing classical Japanese music and dancing. The enchanting world of the Geisha lives on in Kagurazaka. In Late Edo Period(1857), Kagai (Geisha quarters) developed in Kagurazaka area where lord’s mansions stood and Bishamonten temple attracted pilgrims. After Meiji Period, Kagurazaka flourished as the center for merchants. Fortunately Kagurazaka was free of destructions from the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, and continued to develop. Around 1937, Kagurazaka Kagai was at the peak with over six hundred Geishas and over hundred fifty Ryotei restaurants. Today, about twenty Geishas and four Ryotei restaurants belong to Tokyo Kagurazaka Association. Incidentally, there are six Kagai (Shinbashi, Akasaka, Asakusa, Yoshichou, Mukoujima, and Kagurazaka) remaining in Tokyo. Although there are less now, the Geishas in Kagurazaka have high aspiration and take pride in being the successors of this culturally rich tradition.
The administration and accounting office for Geishas, and this room is used for lessons held daily to improve dance and music skills. The building is a historical structure of 1920’s, representing early Showa Period.
Venue; Kagurazaka area
Time schedule; 11:00 – 16:55
Venue; Kagurazaka area (eight points)
Time schedule; 11:00 – 16:00
Organizer: Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Bishamonten Zenkoku-ji, Tokyo Kagurazaka Association/”Kenban”(Geisha Office), Ramla Miyakobashi, Kagurazaka-dori, local streets, historic and scenic sites, etc.