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Would you like to hear the Tale of the Heike in Kamakura? We are pleased to announce a small concert to be held on weekdays during the daytime on June 25 and July 30, 2024, Kiso-Yoshinaka looks back|The Tale of the Heike Listened to by Heike Biwa|Vol. 9 “Kisosaigo”. This concert is certified as Kanagawa Culture Program by Kanagawa Prefecture.

The location is Garden & Space Kuru Kuru, a 10-minute walk from Kamakura Station and about a 3-minute walk from Enoden Wadazuka Station. It is a wonderful place where various plants show their expressions in each season. In the current season, the entrance is like a tunnel of greenery. If you follow the tiles at the foot of the entrance, you will see two buildings, and in front of them is the Tea House Kukka. The building behind them is the venue. Since it is surrounded by plants, there are also insects due to the season. Please take precautions against insects.

The capacity of the concert is 6 people, so you can sit comfortably. My performance place is on the window side, and everyone can see the garden through me. Here, I will narrate “Kisosaigo” (The Tale of the Heike), the ninth volume of the Heikyoku (a narrative of the Tale of the Heike accompanied by a heike biwa).

Kiso Yoshinaka raised an army in Shinano Province and expelled the Heike from the capital, but his reputation in the capital was not good. There were many people who felt displeased with Yoshinaka and his army. Minamoto no Yoritomo dispatched Yoshitsune and Noriyori to hunt down Yoshinaka.

The Tale of the Heike, Vol. 9: “Kisosaigo” SynopsisThe Tale of the Heike, Vol. 9: “Kisosaigo” Synopsis
Kiso Yoshinaka is cornered down to the last five riders. Yoshinaka strongly urges Tomoe, the remaining female warrior, to run away as soon as possible. Tomoe still does not leave. Tomoe then appeared and made a final show of force against Onda hachirou moroshige. The one who remained by Yoshinaka’s side was Imai Shiro Kanehira. When Yoshinaka said that they were going to die together, Kanehira, with tears in his eyes, told Yoshinaka to go to Matsubara. With Yoshinaka heading for Matsubara, Kanehira’s last battle begins. He had only a short time before Yoshinaka committed suicide. Kanehira was the only one to take his name and to aim his arrows.

You don’t have to know the whole Heike Monogatari or be an expert in history at all. This is not a study group, so please feel free to apply. There were women and men who risked their lives for the man they loved. It is enough to know that much.

I usually alternate between the modern translation and the narrative in my concerts, but this time I’m trying to reduce it as much as possible. This time, however, I will try to reduce the use of the modern translation. The reason is that the story of Kisosaigo in Hiramyoku is easy to understand. I hope that the audience will be able to experience the sounds that express the exchange of words and phrases in the old language for a long time. However, the story should not be too difficult to understand, so I plan to prepare a modern translation in print. I would like to suggest that you listen to the performance while looking at it from time to time at your hand (please understand that this is subject to change).

【Outline of the event】
Kiso Yoshinaka looks back|The Tale of the Heike Listened to by Heike biwa| vol.9 “Kisosaigo”
Dates: Tuesday, June 25 and Tuesday, July 30, 2024
Time: 11:00-12:00 Doors open at 10:40
Capacity: 6 persons
Program: The Tale of the Heike, Vol. 9 “Kisosaigo”
Type: Contemporary translation and narration (Heike biwa performance and narration with contemporary translation)
Fee: 2200 yen (tax included)
Payment: Advance payment (credit card payment on the reservation website)
Click here to register for June 25th.:
Click here to register for July 30.:

Garden & Space Kuru Kuru
2-7-12 Yuhigahama, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa 3-minute walk from Wadatsuka Station on the Enoden Line

Directions from Enoden Wadazuka with photos.
Garden & Space Kuru Kuru
Access to the Venue

The story of Kiso Yoshinaka, who looked back at that time, and the army of Kiso Yoshinaka who looked back at that time. Would you like to hear it accompanied by Heike biwa? We are waiting for you at the venue.

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