Kanagawa Re-Classic sheds light on traditional culture of Chigasaki


“Kanagawa Re-Classic in Chigasaki” will shed light on the remaining traditional culture of Chigasaki, using state-of-the-art technology. While interest in Japanese culture is booming overseas as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics Games approach, this 6th annual event is a fusion of traditional culture with the latest digital technology to reconfigure a brand-new creation.

Stage director Yasunori Takeda is an up-and-coming young director famous for his projection art. For the past 10 years, Takeda has directed CES, a trade fair of new technologies and electronic equipment hosted by the National Consumer Technology Association, held in Las Vegas.

The “Kanagawa Re-Classic in Chigasaki” kicks off at 2 p.m. on Saturday February 23 at Chigasaki Citizens Cultural Center (1-11-1 Chigasaki City, Chigasaki).

Pianist Mari Kumamoto

Bamboo flutist Tosha Kisho

Part One of the main attraction consists of a unique collaboration of classical and traditional folk music performed by Mari Kumamoto, a pianist and ambassador of MAGCUL (Magnet Culture) of Kanagawa Prefecture, bamboo flutist Tosha Kisho and a traditional Enzou Festival Music Preservation party.

Part Two features performances by Yanagishima Enkoro Preservation Association, Yanagishima Tairyo Fishermen’s Song, Serizawa Yakigome Preservation party, with guest artists DJ Misoshiru and MC Gohan.

DJ Misoshiru and MC Gohan

Admission fee is ¥1,000 for adults and ¥300 with souvenir for junior high school students or younger, free for one toddler, though tickets must bought if seats are needed.

Tickets are on sale at Eplus. (

The festivities will also include a reality mystery-solving game event. Participants must solve a case to find the missing intangible cultural music of Chigasaki city with clues hidden in various locations of the city. This will be held until February 22. Participation is free.

Another must-go-to event is the Kabuki experience workshop. This is in honor of Kabuki actor Danjuro Ichikawa the 9th, who set up a villa in Chigasaki. This extraordinary experience is to celebrate the 180th anniversary of his birth.

During the program on Saturday, February 16, participants can try on Kabuki costumes and enjoy the play "Shiranami Gonin Otoko”. On Sunday, February 17, participants will learn about Kabuki's chambara (sword fight), experience an action scene, and then watch the play.

There will be three shows at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. at Chigasaki Yukari no Jinbutsukan Multipurpose room (6-6-64 Higashikaigan-Minami Chigasaki).

These workshops are free of charge, but reservations must be made in advance since seats are limited. Application deadline is February 11.

Please apply here (Japanese):

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