Classics to listen to while you sleep? The 8th Yokohama Triennale Support Program “The Tale of the Heike Listened to by Heike Biwa @ Yokohama|Chikubushimamoude in one’s sleep” will be held.

The 8th Yokohama Triennale will be held from March 15 to June 9, 2024. The Yokohama Triennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art held every three years in Yokohama. This time, we will hold “The Tale of the Heike Listened to by the Heike Biwa @ Yokohama|Pilgrimage to Chikubushima” as one of the many supporting programs held in Yokohama City.

The Tale of the Heike, listened to in one’s sleep (while lying down), accompanied by the Heike biwa. This may be a unique concert. You will be asked to listen while lying down, so you may fall asleep if you feel sleepy. The place is an underground studio in front of Yokohama Stadium and the capacity is a small group of 8 people.

Other than lying on a yoga mat, the only stage set-up is the sound of the Heike biwa and the narrator’s voice. If you do not know the story, that is okay, as we will include a short explanation. As you listen, why don’t you construct in your mind the scenery of the story as you each feel it? In this day and age when so many things are changing at a dizzying pace, close your eyes for a moment. Let the light shine on your own senses. I hope you will join me in the world of the Tale of the Heike, which lies on the border between dream and reality, while freely imagining the flowers and plants of Chikubushima. We sincerely look forward to your participation.

The Tale of the Heike, Vol. 7 “Chikubushimamoude” Synopsis
Taira no Tsunemasa, a skilled poet and orchestrator, was deeply moved by the natural beauty of Chikubushima, which he visited on his way to war. Feeling that the island was a sacred place, he prayed to the gods and played his biwa. Then…. If you listen to the music and reflect on the movement of Kyomasa’s heart, something unseen may appear at the end of the piece.

Would you like to listen to the audio before participating?
The Tale of the Heike, listened to in one’s sleep|The Tale of the Heike Listened to by Heike Biwa
Chikubushimamoude Pilgrimage: beginning audio only 6min. 54sec.
Recorded on February 20, 2024 at BIWANOTE
*Please note the volume.
Some parts may be difficult to hear due to the sound of the venue being left intact.

This concert is by reservation only. We are sorry, but 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 performance. 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.

【Date and time】
Heike Biwa at Yokohama|Listening to the Tale of the Heike at Yokohama|Chikubushimamoude

Friday, March 15, 2024, 13:30-14:30 Finished
Friday, April 19, 2024, 13:30-14:30 Finished
Friday, May 17, 2024, 13:30-14:30
To apply, please visit:

Capacity: 8 persons per session
Fee: 2,200 yen (including tax)
Payment is made by credit card on the application page.
*Please remove your shoes to enter this venue. Yoga mats are provided.

B1F Daini Tosho Building, 1-15 Aioi-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Blue Line Kannai station 7 min. walk
5 min. walk from Nihon-odori Sta. on the Minatomirai Line
The entrance is located on the left side of the street, with the “Hotto Motto” in front of it on the larger side of the street.
*Please note that there is another entrance in a narrow alley, but you cannot enter or exit from there.

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

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