Gunma Prefecture’s Ikaho Onsen to Host Two Events to Combining Tradition and Entertainment
Two unique events will be held at Ikaho Onsen in Gunma Prefecture in November, inviting visitors to rediscover the charm of the area’s hot spring culture. With over 400 years of history, the area also has a robust geiko culture as well. These events are being held in collaboration with Channel 47, a project using the power of entertainment to share Japan and its local culture with the entirety of the country and the world.
■IKAHO GEIGI Lab 2022, a Casual Geiko Experience
The IKAHO GEIGI Lab will invite visitors to experience geiko culture in a more casual way. The first phase of the event will be held on November 4, 5, and 12 at the famous local inn Tamaki. During the hands-on experience, geiko will perform traditional dances and songs as guests enjoy colorful desserts and lunch items made from local ingredients in a comfortable tatami room. Mikifuu Hanayanagi, a dancer and part-time lecturer at the Department of Traditional Japanese Music at Tokyo University of the Arts, and Yuri Kobayashi, a nagauta performer, will both serve as special guest performers. This new kind of geiko experience allows guests to dress more casually while also being respectful of tradition.
■IKAHO ART A LIVE 2022, Decorating the Town of Ikaho
The IKAHO ART A LIVE project aims to combine the rich traditions of the historic hot spring resort with new forms of entertainment. This will be the second year of the event, and it will run from November 23 until November 27. NAKED, INC., a creative company known for its projection mapping experience and unique illuminations, will light up the area around the hot spring and open several fun events for visitors to enjoy. A projection-mapped photo spot will no doubt be popular on social media, while the beloved NAKED Distance Lanterns will be available for guests to carry through the stone streets. NAKED’s Flower Fortune Telling event, popular last year, will return as well, with plenty more surprises in store about every corner.
On November 25, a stage will be erected at the gateway to the city, the Ikaho Onsen Stone Steps. World-renowned shinobue player Kazuya Sato will perform The Four Seasons of Ikaho and other classic songs inspired by the historical area.
IKAHO GEIGI Lab. 2022
URL: https://channel47.jp/ikaho-geigilab/Sponsor: Shibukawa Ikaho Onsen Tourist Association
In Collaboration with Shibukawa, Gunma
Planning/Production: Channel 47
Performers: Ikaho Geiko House Tsutanoya (Mariya, Minami, Haruna, Mirai)
Guest Performers: Mikifuu Hanayanagi (Dancer and part-time lecturer at the Department of Traditional Japanese Music at Tokyo University of the Arts), Yuri Kobayashi (Nagauta performer)
Performance by Ikaho Geiko
Meal: Lunch and dessert made with local ingredients from Shibukawa
Party Contents: The Four Seasons of Ikaho ~ Ikaho Ondo ~ Party Games ~ New Ikaho Kouta
Tamaki, a traditional inn at Ikaho Onsen
Address: 87-2 Ikahomachi Ikaho, Shibukawa, Gunma 〒377-0102
Tamaki Phone Number: 0279-72-2232
*Seatings are limited so please reserve your seats early.
IKAHO ART A LIVE 2022
Sponsor: Art Live Yell Gunma Executive Committee, Japan Council of Performers Rights & Performing Arts Organizations
In cooperation with: Shibukawa Ikaho Onsen Tourist Association, Yumeji Takehisa Ikaho Memorial Museum, NAKED, INC.
Planning/Production: Channel 47
Performers: Ikaho Geiko House Tsutanoya (Mariya, Haruna)
Guest Performers: Mikifuu Hanayanagi (Dancer and part-time lecturer at the Department of Traditional Japanese Music at Tokyo University of the Arts), Chika Fuseda (Nagauta performer)
Guest: Kazuya Sato (Shinobue Player)
[NAKED Night Walk ~Ikaho Onsen~]
Running: November 23 – 26
Venue: Ikaho Onsen Stone Steps ~ Ikaho Shrine
Admission: Free *Certain events will charge a fee.
Contents: 16:30-19:30 (NAKED Distance Lanterns, NAKED Flower Fortune Telling) / 18:00-20:00 Projection Mapping (Ikaho Art Stairs, Glowing Duck Onsen)
[Ikaho Dance Performance]
Running: November 25, 17:00-17:45 (Doors open at 16:30) *The event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.
Venue: Ikaho Onsen Stone Steps
Admission: ¥500 (Open seating)
Contents: Ikaho Dance Performance
▼Reservations (In advance)
Official Homepage: https://channel47.jp/ikahoartalive/
Tickets are available at the Tourist Information Center at the entrance of the Ikaho Onsen Stone Steps
Available: November 23 – November 25
Hours: 16:30-20:00 *Tickets will be available until 17:00 on the day of the performance
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