Report|”Chikubushimamoude” @ Yokohama DAY3|Audio recording of the performance|Yokohama Triennale Support Program

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On May 17, 2024, the third day of “Hear it while you sleep|The Tale of the Heike Listened to by Heike Biwa @ Yokohama|The Tale of the Heike Listened to by Heike Biwa @ Yokohama|Chikubushimamoude” was held. This concert, registered as a supporting program for the 8th Yokohama Triennale, was held on March 15, April 19, and May 17 at a venue in Yokohama.

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Yokohama Triennale Support Program
The Tale of the Heike, Vol. 7 “Chikubushimamoude”
Recorded on May 17, 2024
55 minutes and 30 seconds (Chikubushimamoude 10:13 – 53:00)
Some parts may be difficult to hear due to the sound of the venue being left intact.



Yokohama venue
Since the concert is to be listened to while lying down, the position of the yoga mat is adjusted before the performance. Everyone can lie against the wall or on their backs. We also received requests for chairs, which we will reflect in future concerts.

Dress for Performance
Gray hakama and gray hanhaba obi. Light blue kimono.

After the support program
I read The Tale of the Heike in my late 30s. It was a time when I was very busy and had lost my physical and mental balance. I read the simple upper and lower volumes of the tale to get the gist of the story, watched the historical drama “Taira no Kiyomori” to get an idea of the characters, and from there I read the entire book. I was not always a fan of the classics or history, nor did I grow up in a house associated with the arts. A simple opportunity led me to expand my interest little by little, and it was the Tale of the Heike that sunk deep into my heart. Even now, as I study Heikyoku under a master, there are still many things I don’t understand and everything is still poor, but the time I spend immersed in the story and imagining the unseen scenery is a strong support for my body and mind. The bonds of family, the bonds of master and servant, the bonds of man and woman, risking one’s life for someone else, thinking of the time we will never see each other again, shedding tears at the sight of them walking away. The Heike Monogatari, with its complex mixture of friend and foe, good and evil, historical and creative, makes me, in my 40s, realize many things.

You don’t have to know all the stories of the Tale of the Heike or be an expert on history. I would be happy if the Tale of the Heike could reach those who need it, even if only in a small way, by immersing themselves in the story to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life as I did then, or by imagining the scenery to refine their own sensibilities. Being selected as a supporting program for the Yokohama Triennale, an international exhibition of contemporary art held every three years in Yokohama, has allowed me to challenge new ways of appreciation and expression. Thank you very much. I hope to create opportunities for people to easily come into contact with stories from various angles while cherishing the classical arts, like listening to a concert in one’s sleep.

It was a concert of many discoveries and learnings. There is a mountain of joy and bitterness that I was able to experience because of the field. I will continue to learn under my mentor and practice every day. I would like to thank everyone who participated, the venue owner, the support staff, and the Yokohama Triennale secretariat. I hope to see you again.

The 8th Yokohama Triennale
Theme “Wildflowers: Living Here and Now
Official Site
Support Program

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