The Shiroyama Concerts, EC’s main concert events, take place up on the hill in Shiroyama Park’s lush green surroundings. A star-filled sky and the chirp of cicadas complete this natural outdoor arena. What better place to celebrate the earth
This year the grand opening-night concert features an outdoor screen added to one of the most important works of Kodo, “DADAN, “directed by Tamasaburo Bando.On the following night in “Sosei,” shamisen player Hiromitsu Agatsuma joins Kodo to explore new possibilities in Japanese music. For the final “Shukusai” concert, we will invite special guest Harei Aine to the stage, who plays the part of Amenouzume in the “Amaterasu” project. Kodo and guest performers will join forces to present a dazzling finale.
Open: 17:15 / Start: 18:30
featuring an outdoor screen
Artistic Director: Tamasaburo Bando
Since its debut in 2009, Kodo’s “DADAN” has become one of the group’s most important works, receiving high acclaim both domestically and internationally. With the addition of an outdoor screen, a new program and new cast members, this bold EC rendition of DADAN will christen the 2013 Shiroyama Concert series. Come experience dynamic images set against the island’s natural backdrop together with an intense performance by the powerful Kodo drummers.
Open: 17:15 / Start: 18:30
Kodo + Hiromitsu Agatsuma Project
Artistic Director: Tamasaburo Bando
Performers: Kodo, Hiromitsu Agatsuma
Kodo and Hiromitsu Agatsuma collaborated for the first time at last year’s Earth Celebration. This year they will delve deeper into the intracicies of Japanese music and strive to evolve into a seamless Japanese music orchestra. This world’s first performance of Agatsuma’s new epic composition is must see. “Sado E” (To Sado), the title song of 2003 Kodo One Earth Tour Special (artistic director: Tamasaburo Bando), will be performed and feature a special arrangement together with Agatsuma. Come and witness the dawn of new era of Japanese music.
Open: 17:15 / Start: 18:30
Artistic Director: Yosuke Oda (Kodo)
Performers: Kodo, Hiromitsu Agatsuma, Takuro Iga
Special Guest: Harei Aine
This year’s final Shiroyama Concert features Kodo’s own Yosuke Oda in his directorial debut. The first act will be packed with numbers from Kodo’s signature repertoire while the second act will welcome Hiromitsu Agatsuma, Takuro Iga and special guest Harei Aine to share the stage. We can think of a more elegant and ebullient ending to our three-day celebration.
Kodo, Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble
Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, Kodo are forging new directions for a vibrant living art-form. The taiko is something you experience viscerally as the sound of the drum travels from the player and reverberates in the body of the listener. Since the group’s debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo’s ongoing “One Earth Tour” has brought the experience of the taiko to 46 countries around the world for over 3,600 total performances. Spending about a third of the year overseas, a third touring in Japan and a third resting and preparing new material on Sado Island, Kodo strives to both preserve and reinterpret traditional Japanese performing arts as they develop new styles that transcend all genres and borders. Since 1988, Kodo has had the pleasure of inviting artists they have met in their travels back to their home of Sado Island to engage in unprecedented musical collaborations at their annual music festival “Earth Celebration.”
Hiromitsu Agatsuma (Shamisen Player)
Hiromitsu Agatsuma was born 1973 in Ibaraki, Japan. He began studying the Tsugaru Shamisen when he was just six years old and went on to win one competition after another, earning him high praise in the traditional Japanese music world. His debut album “AGATSUMA” was released in 2001, and throughout his career Agatsuma has pursued both the “traditions and revolution of the Tsugaru shamisen”. He frequently ventures outside of traditional music circles to collaborate with musicians from all over the world. At the same time, he is also dedicated to passing on cultural heritage to the next generation and visits elementary schools throughout Japan to teach the beauty of traditional Japanese music.
Takuro Iga (Composer, Pianist)
Takuro Iga started playing piano at the age of three. He majored in composition at Kunitachi College of Music, and it was during his college years that he began his carrier as a musician, performing on stage and recording music.
In 2006 he won the Grand Prix at the Asakusa Jazz Contest in the solo-player category. Currently he plays piano and synthesizer at live houses throughout the Tokyo area as he continues to be explore composition, arrangement and recording projects.
Harei Aine (Former Takarazuka Revue Male Role Star)
Harei Aine joined the Takarazuka Revue in 1997. She stood out right from her debut as a good-looking Hanagumi male role performer, appearing and flourishing in numerous works including “Maihime,” “Side Story: The Rose of Versailles,” “Gubijin,” and “Phantom.” Ms. Aine was the male role star of the highly appraised operetta company, embodying both the tradition and refinement of the Takarazuka Revue. She has brilliant expressiveness and outstanding acting abilities. In October 2012, she retired from the Revue, to the regret of many, and just as she set off on a new path, she encountered the production of “Amaterasu” with Tamasaburo Bando and Kodo.
Special Buses After the Shiroyama Concerts
Buses will depart from the EC Information Centre 30 minutes after the Shiroyama Concerts end each evening.
- For Sobama Beach / Fare: Standard local bus fare
- For Shukunegi, Sawasaki via Kowashimizu / Fare: Standard local bus fare
- For Akadomari and Mushiroba via Hamochi / Fare: Standard local bus fare
- For Ryotsu via Mano (on the Minami-sen Line) *Special direct bus/ reservations required / Fare: Adults 1,000 yen, Children 500 yen
- For Sawada and Aikawa via Mano *Special direct bus/ reservations required / Fare: Adults 1,000 yen, Children 500 yen
Information About the Shiroyama Concerts
- Shiroyama Concerts will be held rain or shine. However, if the presenter deems the concert cannot be held safely outdoors, the concert will be canceled.
- The path leading up to Shiroyama Park is extremely steep. Please wear sneakers or other comfortable shoes when making the trip up the hill. For anyone who requires physical assistance entering the venue, a special shuttle is available. Please contact the EC Committee Tel. 0259-81-4100. (Tel. reservations accepted until Aug. 21. From Aug. 22, please contact the EC Info Centre.) Please be sure to confirm the departure time of this shuttle as it is earlier than the venue opening time for the general public.
- Shiroyama Park offers only free seating directly on the park’s lawn. The lawn can get damp from dew or rain so we recommend bringing a ground cloth or plastic sheet to sit on.
- Inside Shiroyama Park, drinks (including beer) and snacks are available at the refreshment tent. Please be sure to return reusable cups to the designated collection point.
- Rest rooms are located at the top of the hill as you enter the concert venue. A wheelchair-friendly facility is also available.
- There is an EC Information tent at the rear of the concert venue. Please check here if you lose something in the Shiroyama Concert venue. Please note that we don’t handle valuables: all valuables (wallets, purses, etc.) should be taken to the police station just down the road.
- There is a first-aid tent at the rear of the concert venue. Please inform EC Staff if you or someone else in the venue requires medical attention.
- Should safety considerations warrant, concert times may change.
- There are free parking areas near the EC venue. Please do not park bicycles near the entrance to Kisaki Shrine.
- Photography and audio visual recording is strictly forbidden within the concert area. For details, please see “Rules regarding photography, video and audio recordings.”
- Please turn off your mobile phone in the concert area.
- Pets are not allowed in Shiroyama Park. Guide dogs are welcome.
- Food and drink may be brought into the concert venue, but please do not bring ANY glass containers or fragile plates into the park. This includes bottles and/or glass cups, etc.
- Please eat and drink only in the seating area, and refrain from walking around the venue with open containers or drinking in the dance area. You and your group may be asked to leave the venue if excessive drinking creates a disturbance to other audience members around you.
- Please understand that the number of trash receptacles in the Shiroyama Park concert venue and other EC events is limited. We ask that you please properly dispose of all waste, and separate burnable, non-burnable and recyclable trash.
- Entry to Shiroyama Park is only permitted at the concert times and is restricted to the designated concert area. Camping is prohibited in the park and its surrounding area.
Entrance Order Colour Cards
All seating in Shiroyama Park is general-admission, outdoor seating on the lawn. In order to make things smoother for everyone at the concert entrance, Entrance Order Colour Cards are distributed prior to each concert, and card-holders are admitted to the venue according to the colour on their card.
- Distribution Time: Aug. 23 (Fri) – Aug.25 (Sun) 9:00 17:00 (Distribution will end when all cards are gone.)
- Entrance Order Colour Cards can be obtained at Kisaki Shrine
- Obtaining your Entrance Order Colour Card: You must show your ticket or voucher for that day’s concert to receive a card.
- Elementary and junior high school students receive free admission and don’t require a concert ticket for admission, but they do require an Entrance Order Colour Card if they wish to enter the venue early. There are “Elementary/Junior High School Student Entrance Order Colour Cards” available for ages 6-14. Please just ask for the number you require. (Ages 5 & under do not require a ticket or colour card.)
- Only one Entrance Order Colour Card will be granted per ticket. One person may receive up to a total of 5 Colour Cards, whether for ticketed adults or free admission school children. (We may increase this number when the queue is short.)
Important Notes Regarding “Entrance Order Colour Cards”
- We will prepare 1200 Entrance Order Colour Cards, and will stop distribution when all cards are gone.
- Before the venue opens, please assemble in numerical order in the appropriate line at the time shown on your Entrance Order Colour Card.
- We will check your concert ticket as you enter the venue. Please have it ready in hand with your Colour Card. (You cannot enter the venue using only your Entrance Order Colour Card.)
- Entrance Order Colour Cards are not required for entrance, but those without cards will be admitted to the venue last. If you have time during the day to drop by Kisaki Shrine, we recommend picking one up so you are not kept waiting when the gates to the venue open.
- If you arrive at Kisaki Shrine after your assigned assembly time, please come to the Kisaki Shrine Reception Tent and you will be guided into the venue.
Shiroyama Concert Ticket Reimbursement
Shiroyama Concerts will be held in the event of rain. However, if the presenter deems the concert cannot be held safely outdoors, the concert will be canceled. The refund method differs depending on your ticket and where you purchased it, so please read the “Ticket Refund Information for Canceled Concerts” notice carefully, which will be available at the EC Information Centre, to ensure you receive your refund easily. Please understand that no reimbursements can be made for a concert once it has begun, even in the case that it cannot not be completed due to circumstances beyond our control.