The Tale of the Heike Heike Heike in Kamakura and Fujisawa|Atsumorisaigo’s Last Days|How to enjoy the two venues!

The Tale of the Heike Listened to by Heike Biwa will be performed in Fujisawa on March 20, 2024 and in Kamakura on March 26, 2024. Although the same play will be performed, the structure will be slightly different for each venue. Before introducing each venue, here is the synopsis

Synopsis of the performance
The Tale of the Heike, Vol. 9 “Atsumori Saigo”
Kumagai Jiro Naozane, a warrior of the Genji clan, was defeated at the Battle of Ichinotani and followed the fleeing Heike nobles to the coast. There he encounters a young warrior wearing luxurious armor. Kumagai succeeds in capturing him, but realizes that the young warrior is about the same age as his own son. Kumagai feels compassion for him and wants to save his life, but the young warrior refuses. Kumagai grips his sword in a conflicted grip, knowing better than to fall into the hands of his allies, who are closing in behind him.

Frequently Asked Questions
I don’t know the Tale of the Heike at all, can I participate?
You are welcome to join us. The program is designed to alternate between a modern translation and a Heike biwa narration (please note that this is not a commentary on the background history or the ancient language).

Can I participate by myself?
Of course you are welcome. We would be happy to give you a chance to rest your body and mind, and to imagine the scenery you cannot see.

We are sorry, but this concert is by reservation only. If you have not registered by the day before, you will not be admitted to the concert even if you arrive at the venue on the day of the concert. Also, for the sake of the quality of the performance and your experience, no one will be allowed to enter the venue after the performance begins. Thank you for your understanding.

March 20
Atsumorisaigo’s Last Days|Listening in One’s Sleep|The Tale of the Heike Listened to by Heike biwa at BIWANOTE, Fujisawa

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The venue is Multipurpose Room 2 at F Place, a complex of Fujisawa Community Center, Labor Hall, etc., located about an 11-minute walk from the north exit of Fujisawa Station (the electric bulletin board is labeled BIWANOTE). In this venue, you can listen to The Tale of the Heike, listened to in one’s sleep. Please bring something to put under your body as there are no yoga mats, etc. provided. If you would like to watch the performance on a chair, please feel free to ask us to prepare one for you. The lights will be dimmed at the beginning of the performance, but please be assured that it will not be completely dark. This is a small-group concert with a maximum of 4 people.

The fun part of this venue is listening while sleeping or lying down. If you feel sleepy with your eyes closed, you may fall asleep. If you want to sit and watch carefully, please do so in a comfortable position.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Time: 19:00 – 20:00 Doors open 18:30
Capacity: 4 persons
Program: “Atsumorisaigo” from The Tale of the Heike, Vol. 9
Type: Listening while sleeping (after a brief explanation, performance and narration by Heike biwa)
Things to bring: mats, towels, etc. to put under the body
Fee: 2200 yen (tax included)
Payment: Advance payment (credit card payment on the reservation website)
Application deadline: Tuesday, March 19, 2024
To apply, please visit:

Fujisawa City Fujisawa Community Center, Labor Hall and other complex facilities F Place
Multipurpose room 2 (the electric board shows BIWANOTE)
1-12-17 Honmachi, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa
It is an 11-minute walk (about 1 km) from Fujisawa Station and a 9-minute walk (about 750 m) from Fujisawa-Honmachi Station.

March 26
The Tale of the Heike Listened to by Heike biwa|Kamakura garden&space Kuru-kuru

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The venue is garden & space Kuru Kuru, located about 3 minutes walk from Wadazuka station on the Enoshima Electric Railway line. You can sit anywhere in the room and listen to the Tale of the Heike. Outside the room is the modern age with lush greenery, while inside the room is the Heian period 800 years ago. We hope you can feel the various vibrations of life in the present and the past. This venue is also a small-group concert with a maximum of 4 people.

The way to enjoy this venue is to immerse yourself in the space. A mysterious space is created by the contemporary life you see in your eyes and the dynamic of the past you hear. We would be happy if you could feel the invisible scenery while sitting at your free place.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Time: 11:00-11:50 Doors open 10:30
Capacity: 4 persons
Program: “Atsumorisaigo” from The Tale of the Heike, Vol. 9
Type: Contemporary translation and narration (Heike biwa performance and narration with contemporary translation)
Fee: 2200 yen
Payment: Advance payment (credit card payment on the reservation website)
Application deadline: Monday, March 25, 2024
To apply, please visit:

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

If you have time, please come and visit us. We look forward to seeing you there.

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