Beginning with a music festival by elementary and junior high school students on Saturday, October 5, this event featured three exhibitions of paintings, ceramics and calligraphy, as well as concert-hall performances that included traditional Japanese dance, hula dance and wadaiko Japanese drumming on weekends during the festival.
To mark the Hamura City Culture Festival’s 50th year this year, the festival also included special programs: exhibitions entitled “My Dreams” and “Leaders” featuring etegami (“picture letter”) hand-painted postcards expressing people’s dreams for the future; “Getting to know Kyrgyzstan,” a lecture on Kyrgyzstan (the Kyrgyz Republic)reflecting Hamura City’s status as a registered Olympic “host town” for athletes from Kyrgyzstan; and the opera “Carmen” featuring singers with a connection to Hamura City, an open-call-based citizens’ choir, and the city orchestra.
Hamura City is located about 45 kilometers west of Metropolitan Tokyo. Surrounded by the greenery of the natural landscape around the Tama River and the woods and forests that offer a reminder of old Musashino, Hamura is a well-balanced city with residential and industrial areas.
The city covers 9.90 square kilometers. With the Tama River running from the city’s west to its south, Hamura is known for the intake weir of Tamagawa Aqueduct, constructed in the Edo period.
Hamura was elevated to city status on November 1, 1991, and efforts are ongoing to develop a beautiful city where people, nature and urban functions are in harmony.
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