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Event Name Feb.8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Opening Ceremony
Kasugataisha Shrine / Kofukuji Temple / Todaiji Temple special admission at night
Kasugataisha Museum
Todaiji Museum
Nara National Museum
Winter Tanabata Road
Happiness Cocoa
Art Projection Mapping
Lighting Yokagura
Takayama Bamboo Lights
Rurie Market
Totsukawa Hot Spring Footbath
Birthday Fireworks and Live for Nara Park
Totsukawa Hot Spring Footbath

Opening Ceremony

This event will be the start of 7-day event of NaraRurie.
We will provide 100 special gifts, including a free entrance ticket of Winter TANABATA Road and a free drink ticket of Fortune Cocoa, on first-come-first-served basis. (Start at 5:00pm)

【Date】Wednesday, February 8, 2017
【Hours】From 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
【Venue】Nara Kasugano International Forum Iraka

Kasugataisha Shrine / Kofukuji Temple / Todaiji Temple special admission at night

【Date】From Wednesday February 8 to Tuesday 14, 2017
【Venue】
◎Kasugataisha Shrine

Lanterns that adorn the shrine’s inner corridors will be lit up and Gohonden (main sanctuary) will be open for extended hours during the period.
※ Admission fees will be required for entering a part of the shrine.
Gohonden will be open until 8:30pm.

◎Koufukuji Temple

The five-story pagoda at Kohfukuji temple will be lit up and East Golden Hall (National Treasure) will be open for extended hours during the period.
※Admission fees will be required for East Golden Hall.
Last admission will be at 7:45pm and will be closed at 8:00pm.

◎Todajiji Temple

Nandaimon (Great South Gate) and Daibutsuden (Great Buddha Hall) at Todaiji temple will be lit up. Visitors can view the Daibutsuden from outside of Chumon (Center Gate). The front window of the main hall will be open and visitors can view Buddha’s face through it. The octagonal lantern on the passage to the Daibutsuden will also be lit up.
※ Free admission. Visitors can enter the area around Chumon until 8:30pm. Two guardian statues at Nandaimon called Kongorikishi will be lit up until 9:00pm.

Kasugataisha Shrine special admission at night 春日大社夜間特別拝観 Kofukuji Temple special admission at night 興福寺 夜間特別拝観  Todaiji Temple special admission at night 東大寺 夜間特別拝観

Kasugataisha Museum

The museum at Kasugataisha Shrine will be open for extended hours.
Date: Saturday February 11 and Sunday 12
Opening hours: 10:00am to 8:30pm (Last admission at 8:00pm)
Special exhibition to commemorate the 60th Zoutai (ritual shrine rebuilding):
“Treasures and memorable supporters of Zoutai”
※ Admission fees will be required.

Todaiji Museum

The museum at Todaiji Temple will be open for extended hours.
Date: Wednesday February 8 to Tuesday 14
Opening hours: 9:30am to 8:30pm (Last admission at 8:00pm)
※It will be open at 8:30 on Wednesday February 8.
Special exhibition: Shunie Ritual of Nigatsudo Hall

Nara National Museum

The museum will be open for extended hours.
Date: Wednesday February 8 to Tuesday 14
Opening hours: 9:30am to 8:30pm (Last admission at 8:00pm)
Special exhibition: Omizutori Ritual
Permanent collection: Masterpieces of Buddhist Art and Buddhist Sculpture
※ Admission fees will be required.

Flower Tanzaku to Winter Tanabata Road

Tanzaku is a slip paper that you can write your wish on. You can purchase a flower-shaped slip paper for 500 yen and hang it on the trees located at the end of Winter Tanabata Road. Make a wish at this opportunity!
【Date】From Wednesday February 8 to Tuesday 14, 2017
【Hours】6:00pm to 8:45pm
【Venue】In front of Nara Kasugano International Forum Iraka
【Price】¥500
Flower Tanzaku to Winter Tanabata Road 冬七夕ロード願いの花たんざく

Happiness Cocoa

We provide “Happiness Cocoa” that contains Yoshino-Kuzu(root starch) produced by Kurokawa-Honke which was established in 1615.
【Date】From Wednesday February 8 to Tuesday 14, 2017
【Hours】5:30pm to 8:30pm
【Venue】In front of Nara Kasugano International Forum Iraka
【Price】¥500
Nararurie Official Boothしあわせココアの販売

Lighting Performances

When: Wednesday February 8 to Tuesday 14, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Kasugataisha Shrine Approach (“Fantasy Lights”)
The front space of Todaiji Culture Center Kinsho Hall (“Breathing Lights”)
Admission: Free

Lighting Yokagura(Free of charge)

Yokagura is a sacred Shinto dance with music performed at night.
When: Wednesday February 8 to Tuesday 14, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Haraedo Shrine in Kasugataisha Shrine grounds (Chakutoden Hall in case it rains)
Performance: Kango Shrine Karasonoko (Mr. Tamanosuke Houraiya, Momonomata Shishimai Preservation Association, and Omashushishi Kagura Group)
Admission: Free

【Cast】

●Mr. Tamanosuke Houraiya

He mainly performs in Kansai-region. His profession is traditional performing arts such as Shishimai (Lion dance) and Kyokugei (Japanese acrobats).

He has been studying and practicing Japanese physical expressions that have been passed down for the centuries.

He has also performed abroad including Broadway shows in America and shows in France. He often appears on media as a radio host on Nara Dot FM or as a guest on TV shows.

Lighting Yokagura

●Momonomata Shishimai Preservation Association
Shishimai is a traditional dance in which performers were a lion costume and mimic lion movements to music.
Momonomata Shishimai has been passed down from generation to generation, particularly in Momonomata, Udagun Miseumura, Nara. It can be traced back to Ise Daikagura (performances dedicated to Ise-jingu Shrine) and consists of 10 different performances, such as using balls and swords and carrying a dancer on one’s shoulder.

Momonomata Shishimai is performed annually at a local festival at Momonomata Kasugajinjya Shrine on the Sunday before Sports Day in October and offered to the deities to show appreciation for the annual harvest. Local people value shearing their joy.
Momonomata is facing depopulation and aging. We are glad to be able to preserve these local precious performances with the cooperation of both natives and non-natives like Mt. Tamanosuke Houraiya.
Nara has a diverse range of folk performing arts that are hard to be preserved as well as Momonomata Shishimai. These arts are valuable for not only the local area but also the entire prefecture, Nara. We are strongly expecting to preserve these dance performances as they were through your understanding and support.

Lighting Yokagura
●Oomasushishi Kaguradan
Kaguradan is a group who performs sacred music and dances at shrines.
Oomasushishi Kaguradan is established at the training facility at Oomasucho, Ashiya Hyogo. The purpose of training was originally to build up the bodies to perform Shishimai (lion dance).

Shishi is believed to bite off evil spirits and to bring fortune; it is regarded as a sacred animal. They perform Shishimai and Kagura-kyokugei (Japanese acrobats, music, and dances) at schools, facilities, and ceremonies. Please enjoy their performances with sounds of four instruments, called Hayashi.

Art projection

Takayama Bamboo Lights

When: Wednesday February 8 to Tuesday 14, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Around East Golden Hall (National Treasure) at Kohfukuji Temple
Admission: Free

 

Rurie Market

You can purchase local hot foods and drinks at stalls.
When: Wednesday February 8 to Tuesday 14, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: The front space of Nara Kasugano International Forum Iraka

Valentine Market

Totsukawa Onsen Foot Bath

When: Thursday February 9 and Friday 10, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Location: The front space of Nara Kasugano International Forum Iraka

Fireworks and Live Music for Nara Park’s Anniversary(Free of charge)

February 14th will be the 137th anniversary of the founding of Nara Park. Let’s celebrate it together! (No postpone when cancelled)
【Date】Tuesday February 14, 2017
【Hours】Starts at 7:30pm
(Live music will be performed from 7:00pm to 7:30pm)

【Venue】Kasuganoenchi Park

Fireworks and Live Music for Nara Park’s Anniversary


Office: Nara Prefecture Nara Park Sarusawaike Information Desk
Address: 49 Noborioji-cho, Nara City, Nara, 630-8213 Japan 
TEL:+81-742-20-0214(Japanese only) FAX:+81-742-20-0215 


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