“2018 Early Summer Waka Culture Festival” event report

On May 27th, we held the "Waka Culture Festival", an event held once every six months, at Mejiro Garden.

It is located in Mejiro Garden, just a 5-minute walk from JR Mejiro Station.
It's a wonderful garden surrounded by water and greenery that makes you forget you're in the middle of the city.
The venue was Akatorian, a building built by Suki.
Its name comes from the children's literary magazine ``Akai Tori,'' which was founded in this area by Miekichi Suzuki in 1919. Yes, that's what the brochure says.

The Wakadokoro Cultural Festival is truly a ``cultural festival.''
With a focus on waka, we aim to exchange various Japanese cultures that have their roots.
This time, the theme of the early summer school festival is "Waka and Kimono"!
In collaboration with the members of the kimono circle "Hana-kai," various projects related to waka and kimono were held.

First of all, the organizer Ucchi will teach us ``Kokindenju''.
Starting with the seasonal topic ``Hototogisu'', we introduced kimono songs from Kokin Wakashu and Ise Monogatari.

Next, we heard an educational talk from Otosama, the organizer of the kimono club Hanakai, which covered everything from how to wear a kimono to explanations of the patterns.
The Kimono Fashion Show was a blast! While the participants introduced their own kimonos, Otsu was able to do a fashion check. It was interesting to hear everyone's dressing points.

We also heard from the participants about the areas they are interested in, such as ``Kiriko glass'', ``Calligraphy'', and ``Chinese tea''.
There are a variety of Japanese culture masters at Wakadokoro, so I learned a lot from seeing and hearing about many cultures for the first time.

Well, the most spectacular event of the day was the Japanese dance performed by Rocco.
To begin with, we were taught how to make a beautiful Japanese-style kimono. Now I don't have to be scared even if a camera is pointed at me.

The long-awaited dance is "The Four Seasons of Kyoto." Everyone was mesmerized by the graceful dance set in Kyoto's red-light district.

The finale is a traditional part of the cultural festival, where all the participants sing a song.
Due to time constraints, we were not able to sing a renga this time, but we had a fun and lively song about hototogisu.

The song was submitted on colored paper.
I understand? This is the "layered color" of a kimono. I think this kind of playfulness is very elegant.

It was just over 4 hours long, but the fun time passed by in the blink of an eye.
At the end, take a commemorative photo with all the participants!
Since the theme was kimono, there were more participants wearing kimono than last time.
No matter what I hide, it was also my first time participating in a kimono (lol)

Well, thanks to everyone who participated, it was an exciting and heart-rich event.
Please look forward to our next schedule in November, six months from now.

Finally, we would like to introduce some of the impressions of the participants.
・I didn't really know what kind of meeting it was going to be before participating (??), but it was a great experience. I really enjoyed it a lot.
・There were so many plans, and I wanted to spend more time at the wonderful Akacho-an.
・This meeting is really interesting and fun because there are people with various sensibilities and everyone has different perspectives!
・Thank you for giving me the opportunity to experience various Japanese cultures on the occasion of the dazzling Satsuki.

→Wakadokoro's ``Poetry party/Waka classPlease join us!

Learn the basics of waka poetry and try reciting it!

We are holding a "Utajuku" with the goal of learning from representative classical works and being able to compose traditional "Waka" on an individual basis!