Performance starting in
Dec. 11（Sat）, 2021 19:00〜 START
Minichestra Refeel Japan Concert
〜 Experiencing the Culture in the Noh Theatre 〜
＠ Cerulean Tower Noh Theatre（Shibuya）
"Creating a space where music is with us" as a vision, Minichestra is Japan's No1 premier small professional music team
that conveys the new value, significance, and ideals of "music" that goes beyond entertainment to the world.
In this performance, which will be held as a selected projectby the "ARTS for the future!"
of the Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs took place in the Cerulean Tower Noh Theatre in Shibuya,
we will perform a variety of songs that are popular in Japan and around the world
from classical, jazz, traditional rhymes to anime songs with the Minichestra’s authentic classical sound.
Please enjoy the gorgeous space stage where music and traditional Japanese culture are fused,
which can only be experienced in this performance.
｜ Overview ｜
Date：December 11, 2021 (Sat)
18：30-Open / 19：00-Start
Venue：Cerulean Tower Noh Theatre（Shibuya）
Ticket：① Seats in the hall * Area designation
S seat (front seat) ¥ 6,000
A seat (side front seat) ¥ 5,000
B seat (middle front seat) ¥ 4,500
② Online viewing
* Additional charge for archives
｜ Reservation ｜
You can access the ticket reservation site by clicking the "Reserve here" button at the top of this page.
"Noh Theatre (Noh Gakudo)" is a theatre for performing traditional Japanese acting arts such as Noh and Kyogen.
In the olden days, the “Noh Theatre” had been called "Noh Stage (Noh Butai)" and set up in the precincts of temples and shrines as a place to show "Sangaku" and "Sarugaku", that are the sources of Noh and Kyogen.
During the Edo period, Noh was protected as a shogunate ceremonial music (entertainment performed at official events), but due to the Meiji Restoration, many Noh actors lost their jobs, many schools ended, and faced a Survival crisis.
Under such circumstances, the Iwakura Mission, led by Tomomi Iwakura, who served as Foreign Minister and Minister of the Right in the Meiji government, said that "Opera" which was an unique culture to the Western countries at that time, and was the hospitality of foreign dignitaries during the visit to Europe and the United States.
They thought that "Similar to the Western Opera, Japanese Noh must have an artistic value suitable for entertaining and welcoming guests from overseas". In 1881 (Meiji 14), they established the conservation group "Nohgakusha" then strongly pursued the revival of Noh and its approach for diplomacy.
In the same year, the "Nohgakusha" housed the Noh stage by putting the "Noh theatre" inside from the building outside like the current theatre-style, which is not affected by the environment such as seasons and weather. It is said that the roofs and pine trees that can still be seen in the Noh theatre are a reminder of the time when the Noh stage was set outdoors.
By maintaining not only the performance but also the Noh stage itself then retaining the charm of the original performing arts, Nogaku that has been fascinating tons of people in Japan and all over the world is still loved from all over the world as an important traditional culture of Japan and has been inherited.
Structure of Noh Stage
（ Kagamiita ）
（ Wakibashira ）
（ Fuebashira ）
（ Shitebashira ）
（ Metsukebashira ）
（ Hashigakari ）
（ Agemaku ）
（ Honbutai ）
（ Shirasuhashigo ）
（ Jiutaiza ）
（ Ichinomatsu ）
（ Ninomatsu ）
（ Sannomatsu ）
The audience seats in the Noh theatre are called "Kensho" and are lined up so as to surround the stage from three directions.
The "Hashigakari" that leads to the main stage has a long corridor with balustrades and roofs that has a slight slope (uphill toward the stage), and three pine trees that gradually increase in size as you progress to the main stage are placed. This is designed because you can feel a sense of perspective from the viewpoint of the highlights. Since most of the Noh content plays are about the afterlife, "Hashigakari" is expressed as "a bridge between the other world and this world".
A large old pine tree is drawn on the "Kagamiita" on the back of the main stage. The pine tree, which never withers through the year, has been considered as a "God's yorishiro" from ancient times. The Noh has the meaning of "dedicated to God" in every performance, so the setting is that the pine tree (= God) standing in front of the main stage is reflected in the "Kagamiita" that looks like a mirror.
Various performances have been actively played at the Noh theatre until today while each part of the structure has its own meaning.
If you would like to know more details about Nogaku theatre and Nogaku, please see also this page. （External link）
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A professional music team started in 2016 run by Minichestra Inc.
All the performance members are young talented musicians who are currently active at the forefront in Japan and overseas, and are expected to lead the next generation music industry. With five unique musical instrument styles that are the violin, cello, contrabass, flute, and piano, they spread out music programs combining diverse cultures and content to the world.
As of today, Minichestra has performed at the France, Germany and Italy embassies and held a concert at the Churaumi Aquarium (Okinawa) and Kurodani Konkai Komyoji (Kyoto), as well as joined performance tours in Singapore and Taiwan and also a guest appearance at the annual Japan event "Connichi" (80,000 audiences in total) held in Kassel, Germany. While expanding various activities in Japan and other countries around the world, they are actively engaged in international exchange, regional revitalization, cultural development, work style reforms and SDGs through music.
Since 2021, Minichestra has been promoting a regional revitalization promotion project based on SDGs with Niseko Town, Hokkaido, which has been selected as the "SDGs Future City" by the national government. In 2022, they will be invited as a guest at Europe's largest Japan event "Japan Tag" (600,000 audiences in total) to be held in Dusseldorf, Germany.