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Ota Ward Cultural Arts Information Paper "ART bee HIVE" vol.18 + bee!

Issued April 2024, 4

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The Ota Ward Cultural Arts Information Paper "ART bee HIVE" is a quarterly information paper that contains information on local culture and arts, newly published by the Ota Ward Cultural Promotion Association from the fall of 2019.
"BEE HIVE" means a beehive.
Together with the ward reporter "Mitsubachi Corps" gathered by open recruitment, we will collect artistic information and deliver it to everyone!
In "+ bee!", We will post information that could not be introduced on paper.

Special feature: Spring Ota public art tour MAP

Artistic person: Japanese music flute player Toru Fukuhara + bee!

Art place: Ikegami Honmonji back garden/Shotoen + bee!

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He tells me, ``You can do whatever you want.'' Japanese music has such warmth.

Senzokuike Haruyo no Hibiki reopened last year for the first time in four years. This is an outdoor concert where you can enjoy traditional music centered on Japanese instruments and various collaborations, set around the illuminated Ikegetsu Bridge. The 4th performance is scheduled to be held in May this year. We spoke with Toru Fukuhara, a Japanese music flute player who has been performing since the first concert in 5, who played a central role in the concert and won the 27 Agency for Cultural Affairs Arts Encouragement Award from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Mr. Fukuhara with Nohkan

In the choir, I was a boy soprano and sang Nagauta in my natural voice.

Please tell us about your encounter with Japanese music.

``My mother was originally a chanson singer who sang Western music.I myself was a child who loved singing very much.I joined the NHK Tokyo Children's Choir and sang in the second grade of elementary school.My mother was a nagauta singer. There was a time when I was playing Nagauta, and I had a little taste of Nagauta.In the choir, I was a boy soprano who sings Western music, and Nagauta was performed in my natural voice.As a child, I just sang it as a song without any distinction.''

What made you start playing the flute?

``I graduated from the choir in the second year of junior high school and took a break from music, but when I entered high school I decided I still wanted to play music.All of my friends were in bands, but my classmates and I Because I was a member of the Tokyo Children's Choir, I performed with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, and appeared on TV programs...I think I became a musical snob. I think so (laughs).
At that time, I remembered that the flute of Nagauta was very attractive. When you watch performances or listen to records from those days, a certain person's name keeps coming up. That person's flute is actually really good. Hyakunosuke Fukuhara the 6th, who later became my master, the 4thTreasure Mountain ZaemonTakara Sanzaemonis. mother'smessengerTsuteSo I was introduced to it and started learning. That was my second year of high school. I started playing the flute very late. ”

Nohkan (top) and Shinobue (middle and bottom). I always have about 30 bottles available.

I may have chosen the high-pitched flute because I used to sing in a high-pitched voice when I was a child.

Why did you find the flute so appealing?

“I guess it just feels right to me.TogetherIn the choir, I was a so-called boy soprano, and even in Nagauta I had a pretty high pitched voice. Since I used to sing in a high pitched voice when I was a child, I may have chosen the high pitched flute without realizing it. ”

Did you aim to become a professional from the beginning?

"No. It was really a hobby, or rather, I loved music, and I just wanted to try it. Thinking about it now, it's scary, but I didn't even know how to hold a flute, and the teacher taught me how to play it. My teacher taught at Tokyo University of the Arts, and around April, when I was a third year high school student, we started talking about whether or not you were going to take a university course. "There's a way to get into art school," he said suddenly.The moment I heard that, I thought, "Oh, is there a way to get into an art university?"FlounderI was gone. I told my parents that night, and the next day I replied to my teacher, ``This is about yesterday, but I would like to take it.''
Then it gets tough. The teacher told me, ``Starting tomorrow, come every day.'' After high school classes, if my teacher was at the National Theater, I would go to the National Theater, and if I had rehearsals for Hanayagikai in Akasaka, I would go to Akasaka. In the end, I see off my girlfriend's teacher home and come home late at night. Then I would eat dinner, do my school homework, practice, and go back to school the next morning. I think I've maintained my physical strength well, but since I'm a high school student, it's not hard or anything. It's actually quite fun. Sensei was a great teacher, so when I accompanied her, she even treated me to treats and made me feel good (lol).
Anyway, I worked hard and enrolled as an active student. Once you get into art school, you have no choice but to follow that path. It felt like I was automatically destined to become a professional. ”

There are numbers written on the Shinobue that indicate the tone.

I always carry about 30 whistles with me.

Please tell me about the difference between Shinobue and Nohkan.

``The Shinobue is a simple piece of bamboo with a hole drilled in it, and it is a flute that can be used to play melodies.It is also used for festival music and folk songs.It is the most popular flute, and when you hear flute classes at cultural centers, you usually hear about the shinobue. I think.
Nohkan is a flute used in Noh.throatThroat'' is inside the flute, and its inner diameter is narrow. I get a lot of overtones, but it's hard to play the scale. On wind instruments, if you blow strongly with the same fingering, the sound will be one octave higher, but on the Noh pipe, the sound will not be one octave higher. In terms of Western music, the scale is broken. ”

Is there a difference in the appeal of the Shinobue and the Nohkan when it comes to playing?

"That's true. Shinobue is played to match the melody of the shamisen if the shamisen is playing, or to the melody of the song if there is a song. The Nohkan is played to match the rhythm of the ohayashi. Nohkan is often used for dramatic effects such as ghosts appearing or battles.
They are also used depending on the characters and background. If it was a scene of people trudging forlornly through a lonely rice field, it would be the world of a shinobue, and if it was a samurai walking around in a palace or a large castle, it would be a nohkan. ”

Why are there so many different lengths of Shinobue?

``In my case, I always carry about 30 instruments.Until a generation ago, I didn't have this many instruments, and I heard that I only had 2 or 3 instruments, or 4 or 5 instruments.If that were the case, the pitch would not match the shamisen. However, at that time, the flute was played in a different tone than we would today's sense.My teacher tried to find a way to match the tune, and the shamisen player played it in a different tone. He said he rolled his eyes (lol)."

I chose Bach not so much to get closer to Bach, but to expand the world of flutes.

Please tell us about the creation of your new work.

“In classical music, flutes mostly play accompaniment parts, such as songs, shamisen, dance, and plays. Of course, they are wonderful and attractive in their own way. I think there are many more things that can be done with the shakuhachi.In the case of the shakuhachi, there are classical shakuhachi solo pieces called honkyoku.Unfortunately, there is no such thing with the flute.The solo pieces were created before the teacher started writing them. There are very few songs, and the current situation is that there aren't enough songs unless you make them yourself."

Please tell us about collaborations with other genres.

``When I play the flute for Nagauta, when I play lyrical songs, or when I play Bach, there is no distinction in my mind.However, as long as the flute for the ohayashi is the one who plays Bach, even if I play Bach, I will say, ``I can't play Bach with the flute.'' I'm not trying to do something like, 'I'm going to play flute.' Rather, I'm going to incorporate Bach into Japanese music. I chose Bach not so much to get closer to Bach, but to expand the world of flutes."

The 24th "Senzokuike Spring Echo Sound" (2018)

There are many ways to enter, and you can be exposed to a variety of music without even realizing it.

What was the impetus for starting "Senzokuike Haruyo no Hibiki"?

“Ota Town Development Arts Support AssociationascusAsukaThe members happened to be students at my culture school. One day, on her way home from lessons, she said, ``A new bridge has been built in a park near my house, and I would like Mr. Takara to play the flute on it.'' To be honest, the first thing I thought was, ``I'm in trouble'' (lol). Even if it was just me, I thought it would be bad if my teacher was dragged out and something strange happened. However, when I talked to my teacher, he said, ``It looks interesting, so why not give it a try,'' and that's how the first ``Haruyo no Hibiki'' was created. ”

Did you know anything about Senzoku Pond and Ikegetsu Bridge when you were asked to do it?

``I had only heard that it was a bridge, so I didn't know anything about it.'' I said, ``Please take a look at it,'' and went to have a look.It's made of plain wood, and it has a great atmosphere, and the position and distance from the customers is just right. I thought, ``Ah, I see. This might be interesting.'' When we held the event, more than 800 locals and people who happened to be passing by stopped to listen.The teachers were also great. He was pleased.”

Have there been any changes in ``Haruyo no Hibiki'' since the beginning and now?

``At first, the best part was being able to directly listen to the flute of Takarazanzaemon, a Living National Treasure.However, as the number of times he went on, his health deteriorated and he was unable to attend, and he passed away in 22. Since we started it under the name of Takara Sensei, we would like to continue it as a flute event, but we have to come up with something.After all, we don't have a teacher who is the main character.So, we have included ohayashi, koto, and shamisen. The degree of collaboration gradually increased."

Please tell us what you keep in mind when planning a new program.

``I don't want to disrupt your world. I always include your work in my programs.However, there are some people who just pass by, and some who don't know anything about it. I don't want to.I want to create as many entrances as possible so that everyone can be happy.When I listen to lyrical songs and orthodox classical performing arts that everyone knows, the sound of the piano naturally comes in. Or someone who wants to listen to the piano, but before they know it, they are listening to a flute or a Japanese musical instrument.You can be exposed to a variety of music without even realizing it.Even if you thought you were listening to classical music, you might end up listening to contemporary music.``Haruyo no Hibiki'' We want to be that kind of place.”

Don't limit yourself to potential.

What is important to you as a performer and composer?

"I want to be honest with myself. Because it's a job, there are limiters in many ways, such as what you want to receive, be evaluated, and don't want to be criticized. You have to remove those limits. If so, try it first, even if it ends in failure.If you try not to do it from the beginning, your art will be diminished.It would be a waste to take away the potential by yourself.
I don't think I can say I've had that many hardships myself, but there were still times when I felt bad and had some hard times. There are many times when music has helped me. Speaking of Japanese musicPuritycustomAlthough it may seem constricting due to its fixed rhythms and shapes, it is surprisingly free because it is not tied down to musical scores like in Western music. Being exposed to Japanese music may help people who are suffering in some way. He tells me, ``There are many ways to do things, and you can do whatever you want.'' I think Japanese music has that kind of warmth. ”

It's music, so you don't have to understand every word.

Please give a message to the residents of the ward.

``It is often said that it is difficult to understand the lyrics of Nagauta, but I think there are few people who understand opera or English musicals without subtitles.It is music, so you don't have to understand every word. It's enough just to watch one. After watching one, you'll want to watch the others. As you watch several, you'll start to think that you like this, that's interesting, and that person is good.Workshop It would be great if you could join us.If you have a chance, please feel free to come and listen to it.I think ``Haruyoi no Hibiki'' is a very good opportunity.You might find something interesting that you didn't know before. , you're sure to have an experience you can't get anywhere else."


Born in Tokyo in 1961. He studied under the fourth head of the school, Sanzaemon (Living National Treasure), and was given the name Toru Fukuhara. After graduating from the Department of Japanese Music, Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts, he continued to perform classical shinobue and nohkan as a Japanese music flute player, as well as writing compositions centered on the flute. In 2001, he won the 13 Agency for Cultural Affairs Arts Festival Grand Prize for his first concert, "Toru no Fue." He has served as a part-time lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts and other institutions. He received the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award for Art Encouragement in 5.

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Art place + bee!

When you go around and come back to the front, the scenery will take on a different shape.
``Ikegami Honmonji Back Garden・ShotoenShoten'

The back garden of Ikegami Honmonji Temple, Shotoen, is said to have been built by Kobori Enshu*, who is known as the tea ceremony instructor for the Tokugawa shogunate and is also famous for the architecture and landscaping of the Katsura Imperial Villa. There are tea rooms located throughout the park, centered around a pond that uses abundant spring water.Pond fountainchisenIt is a strolling garden*. Shotoen, a famous garden that is normally closed to the public, will be open to the public for a limited time in May of this year. We spoke with Masanari Ando, ​​curator of the Reihoden of Ikegami Honmonji Temple.

A garden in the private area of ​​Kankubi.

Shotoen is said to be the back garden of the former Honbo temple of Honmonji Temple, but what is its position as the back garden of the Honbo temple?

``The main temple is the residence of the chief priest*, and is the place where he conducts office work that supervises the branch temples across the country, deals with important temples, and conducts daily legal affairs. Just because it's at the back doesn't mean it's inner.Just as in Edo Castle the shogun's private space is called Ōoku, the private space of the kanshu is also called Ōoku in temples.It's the inner garden because it's the garden of Ōoku.A garden for kanshu. This is the garden where Kankushi invited and entertained his important guests.

When you think of a strolling garden with a pond, you think of a feudal lord's garden, but I've heard that it's a little different from those. What is the difference?

“Daimyo gardens are gardens built on flat land, and because the daimyo have enormous power, they create vast gardens.In Tokyo, there are gardens in Koishikawa Korakuen and Bunkyo Ward.RikugienRikugienThere is also Hamarikyu Gardens, but all of them are flat gardens spread out on vast grounds. It is common to create an elaborate landscape within it. Shotoen is not that large, so the scenic beauty is recreated in a condensed form. Since it is a depression, it is surrounded by hills. One of the characteristics of Shotoen is that there is no flat field. This garden is suitable for entertaining a very limited number of people with tea. ”

It really is the inner garden.

"That's right. It's not a garden used for big tea parties or anything like that."

It is said that there are several tea rooms, but have they been there since the time when the garden was created?

"When it was built in the Edo period, there was only one building. It was just one building on a hill. Unfortunately, it no longer exists."

Shotoen is surrounded by lush greenery on all sides. Changes its appearance every season

When you enter the garden, you will be surrounded by greenery on all sides.

Please tell us about the highlights.

``The biggest attraction is the overwhelming greenery that takes advantage of the hollow area.As you enter the garden, you will be surrounded by greenery on all sides.Also, I guess it is the view from a high place.Basically, it is inside the space. The garden is a place to enter and enjoy, but since it is in a depression, the bird's-eye view from above is also spectacular.Currently, it is being maintained as if it were the garden of the Roho Hall*, so the view from the hall has an elegant atmosphere. First, you look at the scenery in front of you, and when you go around and come back to the front, you see a completely different view of the scenery.This is the secret to enjoying Shotoen."

After this, we toured the garden with Mr. Ando and talked about recommended points.

Monument commemorating the meeting between Saigo Takamori and Katsu Kaishu

Monument commemorating the meeting between Saigo Takamori and Katsu Kaishu

“It is said that Saigo Takamori and Katsu Kaishu negotiated the bloodless surrender of Edo Castle in this garden in 1868 (Keio 4).Honmonji was where the headquarters of the new government army was located at the time.The current monument Two people talked at a certain placepavilionAzumayahad. Unfortunately, it disappeared at the beginning of the Meiji era. This meeting saved the city of Edo from the flames of war. It is currently designated as a historic site by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. ”

Gaho no Fudezuka

Fudezuka by Gaho Hashimoto, who created modern Japanese painting

“HashimotoGahoGahoHe is a great teacher who created modern Japanese painting under Fenollosa and Okakura Tenshin together with his fellow student Kano Hogai. He was originally a disciple of the Kobiki-cho Kano family, one of the most powerful of the Kano school, which was the official painter of the Edo shogunate. Modern Japanese painting began by denying the paintings of the Kano school, but Gakuni worked to celebrate the Kano school, believing that there was something to be seen in the Kano school painters and Kano school teaching methods before Tan'yu Kano. I'll go. Gakuni passed away in 43, but in 5, his disciples built this temple in Honmonji, the family temple of the Kano family, where he was the master. This is Fudezuka. His grave is located in the Gyokusen-in temple of the Nichiren sect in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa, but it is much smaller than this Fudezuka. Fudezuka is so big. It is clear how much he was a master who was loved by his students. ”


Not only the scenery seen from here, but also the rock itself is spectacular.

``This is a point where you can enjoy the pond from the back side.The view of Kameshima and Tsuruishi from this place is very beautiful.When viewed from above, the pond looks like the shape of a water character.Please stand on the stone. Please take a look. You'll see a completely different view of the garden from the front."

Tea room “Dunan”

Donan, a tea room relocated from the residence of potter Ohno Dona

The paving stones of the tea room, Donan, are made from stones from the railing of Reizan Bridge from a generation ago.

``Oono was originally a potter and Urasenke tea master.Dull AAnyIt was a tea room built in the residence. It is said that the ``Bun'' in ``Dunan'' was taken from the name ``Dun'a''. Duna was Masuda, the head of the Mitsui Zaibatsu.dull old manDonnouHe was a potter who was loved by *, and after receiving an old man's pottery, he took the name "Dun-a". Four tatami matsmiddle plateI was there*This is a tea room made of chestnut wood. It is said that it was created under the guidance of Masuda Masuda. The paving stones are from a generation ago.Ryozan BridgeRyozenbashiThis is the parapet. Stones dismantled during river renovation are used. ”

Tea room “Nean”

Nean, a tea room that was the residence of the potter Ohno Nanoa

"Originally, it was the residence of Ohno Don'a. It was a two-room tea room with eight tatami mats. This building and the tea room 'Dunan' were connected. Both buildings were donated by the Urasenke family and were moved to Shotoen. It was relocated.There are four tea rooms in the garden, including an arbor.These buildings were placed here during the renovation in 2, and the tea room ``Jyoan'' and the tea room ``Shogetsutei'' in the arbor were placed here. Two are new constructions.”

Due to the privilege of having a sunken garden, you can't see the surrounding buildings. Sound is also blocked out.

Is it possible to shoot at Shotoen as a location?

``Nowadays, it is not accepted.In the past, it was often used in period dramas.In the historical drama ``Tokugawa Yoshinobu'', it was filmed in the garden of the Mito clan's upper mansion.The Mito clan's upper mansion was Koishikawa Korakuen. , the actual thing remained, but for some reason it was photographed here.When I asked why, I was told that Koishikawa Korakuen can see Tokyo Dome and skyscrapers.Shotoen is located in the garden in the sunken area. Because of my privilege, I can't see the surrounding buildings.It's a sunken garden, so sounds are blocked out.Although Daini Keihin is nearby, I can only hear the voices of birds.It seems like there are many different types of birds. Kingfishers can be seen eating small fish in the pond. Raccoon dogs also live there."

*Kobori Enshu: Tensho 7 (1579) - Shoho 4 (1647). He was born in Omi Province. Lord of the Komuro domain in Omi and a daimyo tea master in the early Edo period. He inherited the mainstream of tea ceremony followed by Sen no Rikyu and Furuta Oribe, and became the tea ceremony instructor for the Tokugawa shogunate. He was excellent at calligraphy, painting, and Japanese poetry, and created a tea ceremony called ``Kireisabi'' by combining the ideals of dynastic culture with the tea ceremony.

*Ikeizumi stroll garden: A garden with a large pond at its center, which can be admired by walking around the park.

*Kanshu: An honorific title for the chief priest of a temple above the head temple in the Nichiren sect.

*Roho Kaikan: A complex facility built on the grounds of the temple grounds. The facility includes a restaurant, training venue, and party venue.

*Gaho Hashimoto: 1835 (Tenpo 6) - 1908 (Meiji 41). A Japanese painter of the Meiji period. From the age of five, he was introduced to the Kano school by his father, and at the age of 5, he officially entered the school under Yonobu Kano, the head of the Kano family in Kobiki-cho. When the Tokyo School of Fine Arts opened in 12 (Meiji 1890), he became the head of the painting department. He taught Yokoyama Taikan, Shimomura Kanzan, Hishida Shunso, and Kawai Gyokudo. His representative works include ``Hakuyun Jiangju'' (Important Cultural Property) and ``Dragon Tiger.''

*Nun'a Ohno: 1885 (Meiji 18) - 1951 (Showa 26). A potter from Gifu Prefecture. In 1913 (Taisho 2), his work style was discovered by Masuda Masuda (Takashi Masuda), and he was accepted as a personal craftsman of the Masuda family.

*Nakaban: A plank tatami placed between the guest tatami and the tezen tatami in parallel. 

* Masuda Dano: 1848 (Kaei Gen) - 1938 (Showa 13). Japanese businessman. His real name is Takashi Masuda. He drove the Japanese economy in its infancy and supported the Mitsui Zaibatsu. He was involved in the establishment of the world's first general trading company, Mitsui & Co., and launched the Chugai Price Newspaper, the predecessor of the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. He was also very famous as a tea master, and was called ``Duno'' and was called ``the greatest tea master since Sen no Rikyu.''

Story by Masanari Ando, ​​curator of Ikegami Honmonji Reihoden

Ikegami Honmonji Back Garden/Shotoen Open to the Public
  • Location: 1-1-1 Ikegami, Ota-ku, Tokyo
  • Access: 10-minute walk from Tokyu Ikegami Line "Ikegami Station"
  • 日時/2024年5月4日(土・祝)〜7日(火)各日10:00〜15:00(最終受付14:00)
  • Price/Free admission *Drinking and drinking prohibited
  • Telephone/Roho Kaikan 03-3752-3101

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Future attention EVENT CALENDAR March-April 2024

Introducing the spring art events and art spots featured in this issue.Why don't you go out for a short distance in search of art, not to mention the neighborhood?

Please check each contact for the latest information.

GMF Art Study Group <6th term> Japanese cultural theory that deciphers art ``The location of the ambiguous Japanese self''

Date and Time

4/20 (Sat)
Place Gallery Minami Seisakusho
(2-22-2 Nishikojiya, Ota-ku, Tokyo)
Prices 1,000 yen (including material fee and venue fee)
Organizer / Inquiry

Gallery Minami Seisakusho

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Date and Time

4/27 (Sat)
17:00 start (16:30 start)
Place Gallery Minami Seisakusho
(2-22-2 Nishikojiya, Ota-ku, Tokyo)
Prices 3,000 Yen
Organizer / Inquiry

Gallery Minami Seisakusho

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Tokyo International Music Festival 2024


Date and Time

May 5rd (Friday/Holiday), May 3th (Saturday/Holiday), May 5th (Sunday/Holiday)
Please check the website below for the opening times for each day.
Place Ota Civic Hall/Aprico Large Hall, Small Hall
(5-37-3 Kamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo)
Prices 3,300 yen ~ 10,000 yen
*Please check the website below for price details.
Organizer / Inquiry Tokyo International Music Festival 2024 Executive Committee Secretariat

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Sakasagawa Street Family Festival


Date and Time January 5st (Sunday/Holiday)
Place Sakasa River Street
(Around 5-21-30 Kamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo)
Organizer / Inquiry Shinagawa/Ota Osanpo Marche Executive Committee, Kamata East Exit Shopping Street Commercial Cooperative Association, Kamata East Exit Delicious Road Plan

Musik KugelMusik Kugel Live at Gallery Minami Seisakusho

Date and Time 5/11 (Sat)
17:00 start (16:30 start)
Place Gallery Minami Seisakusho
(2-22-2 Nishikojiya, Ota-ku, Tokyo)
Prices 3,000 yen (includes 1 drink)
Organizer / Inquiry

Gallery Minami Seisakusho

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Cross Club Fresh Green Concert

Mr. Katsutoshi Yamaguchi

Date and Time October 5nd (Sat), 25rd (Sun), October 26th (Sat), 6th (Sun)
Performances start at 13:30 each day
Place cross club
(4-39-3 Kugahara, Ota-ku, Tokyo)
Prices 5,000 yen for adults and high school students, 3,000 yen for elementary and junior high school students (both include tea and sweets)
※ preschooler admission not
Organizer / Inquiry cross club


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