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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
Nara National Museum
Winter Tanabata Road
Garden Illumination
Lighting Yokagura

Takayama Bamboo Lights
Rurie Market
“A cup of Happiness” Hot chocolate
Nara Park’s birthday fireworks and live performances
Totsukawa Hot Spring Footbath

Opening Ceremony

The first 100 participants who join the opening ceremony will receive “a cup of Happiness” hot chocolate and a Tanzaku (a strip of flower-shaped paper) for Winter Tanabata Milky Way for free. (The giveaways will start from 17:00 and end when the participants reach 100).

 

[Date] Thursday February 8th, 2018
[Time] 17:30 to 18:00
[Place] Nara Kasugano International Forum IRAKA

Special Night Openings at Kasugataisha Shrine, Kohfukuji Temple and Todaiji Temple (Admission fee will be required for entering some area)

[Date] Thursday February 8th to Wednesday February 14th, 2018
[Time & Place]

◎Kasugataisha Shrine

Lanterns that adorn the shrine’s inner corridors will be lit up and the Gohonden (main sanctuary) will be open for extended hours until 20:30.

◎Koufukuji Temple

The five-story pagoda at Kohfukuji Temple will be lit up and the East Golden Hall and National Treasure Hall will be open for extended hours during the period.
※ Last admission at 19:45 and the gate closed at 20:00.

◎Todajiji Temple

The 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 above the entrance will be opened allowing a view of the Great Buddha’s face gazing out serenely. The octagonal lantern on the passage to the Daibutsuden will also be lit up.
※ Visitors can enter the area around Chumon until 20:30.
Kongo Rikishi guardian statues will be lit up until 21:00.

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 Special Night OpeningAdmission fee is required

The museum at Kasugataisha Shrine will be open for extended hours.
[Date] Saturday February 10th to Monday February 12th, 2018
[Time] 10:00 to 20:30 (Last admission at 20:00)
Commemorative Exhibition -Celebrating the 1250th Anniversary of Kasugataisha Shrine Establishment
“The Legendary Swords”

Nara National Museum Special Night Opening (Admission fee is required)

The museum will be open for extended hours.
[Date] Thursday February 8th to Wednesday February 14th, 2018
[Time] 9:30 to 20:30 (Last admission at 20:00) except for February 9th and 10th which will be open 9:30 to 21:00 (Last admission at 20:30)
Feature Exhibition: “Treasures of Todaiji’s Omizutori Ritual” and “Master paintings of Yakushiji Temple”
Thematic Exhibition from the Permanent Collection: Anonymous “Knowledgeable Friends,” Buddhist Patrons (Sutra Transcriptions)
Exhibition from the Permanent Collection: “Masterpieces of Buddhist Art”, “Masterpieces of Buddhist Sculpture” and “Chinese Ancient Ritual Bronzes”

Tanzaku paper flowers for Winter Tanabata Milky Way

You can purchase a Tanzaku (a strip of flower-shaped paper), write your wishes on it and hang it on the Wish Trees which will be set at the end of Winter Tanabata Milky Way in the Garden Illumination of Nara Kasugano International Forum IRAKA.
[Date] Thursday February 8th to Wednesday February 14th, 2018
[Time] 18:00 to 20:45 (Tanzaku sales will start from 17:45)
[Place] Nara Kasugano International Forum IRAKA
Price: Tanzaku paper flower
500 Yen (For 12 years old or older), 300 Yen (For elementary school children)
※Free for children under 6 years’ old
Flower Tanzaku to Winter Tanabata Road 冬七夕ロード願いの花たんざく

Garden Illumination

Blanketed with myriad of illumination, the Garden will be transformed to a fantastic and mysterious space.
[Date] Thursday February 8th to Wednesday February 14th, 2018
[Time] 18:00 to 20:45
[Place] Nara Kasugano International Forum IRAKA

Lighting Yokagura(Free)

Yokagura is a sacred Shinto dance with music performed at night.
[Date] Thursday February 8th to Wednesday February 14th, 2018
[Time] 19:00 to 20:00
[Place] Haraedo Shrine in Kasugataisha Shrine grounds (Chakutoden Hall in case it rains)
[Cast] Kango Shrine Karasonoko (Mr. Tamanosuke Horaiya, Momonomata Shishimai Preservation Association, and Hata Shishimaiko)

Art projection

【Cast】

●Kango Jinja Shrine Karasonoko

Karasonoko performance can be classified roughly into seven sections including Rich harvest, Family Prosperity, Success in business, Clown, Purification and a Resting program to mark the end, and the total number of programs exceeds ten. Some of them have authentically inherited the Shishimai (Lion dance), which has become unsustainable due to the depopulation.

●Mr. Tamanosuke Houraiya

He is a Japanese street performer/artist performing throughout Japan. He has pursued the real movements of Shishimai (Lion Dance) by studying and practicing the classic Japanese physical expressions. He also appears on media as a FM radio DJ

Lighting Yokagura

●Momonomata Shishimai Preservation Association
Shishimai is a traditional dance which performers mimic lion’s movements in a lion costume. Momonomata Shishimai has been handed down from ancient times, particularly in Mitsue Village, Nara Prefecture.
Momonomata Shishimai is performed locally at Autumn Festival in October every year and offered to the deities of the Shrine to show appreciation for the annual harvest. The ritual has been valued by local people to this day.
Although Momonomata is becoming a depopulated village with most inhabitants being senior citizens, many people have assisted in preserving the local precious performances like Momonomata Shishimai. They continue to perform to gain understandings and supports from as many people as possible.

Lighting Yokagura

●Hata Shishimaiko
Hata Shishimaiko was originally established to build up one’s body to perform Shishimai (Lion dance). Shishi is believed to bite off evil spirits and bring good fortunes. They perform Shishimai dance and Kagura-kyokugei (Japanese acrobats, music, and dances) with musical instruments (flutes, drums and more) at various schools, facilities, and ceremonies.

Takayama Bamboo Lights(Free)

Takayama-cho, Ikoma city has a history of about 500 years for making tea whisks, tea utensils and bamboo products including knitting needles. Unique shaped objects made of bamboo will create a fantastic atmosphere.
[Date] Thursday February 8th to Wednesday February 14th, 2018
[Time] 18:00 to 21:00
[Place] Asajigahara Park
 

Rurie Market

Stalls will be set up selling hot food and drink.
[Date] Thursday February 8th to Wednesday February 14th, 2018
[Time] 17:30 to 20:30
[Place] At the front of Nara Kasugano International Forum IRAKA

Valentine Market

“A cup of Happiness” Hot chocolate

You can purchase a hot chocolate with Yoshino Kuzu starch which produced by Kurokawa Main Branch, founded in 1615.
[Date] Thursday February 8th to Wednesday February 14th, 2018
[Time] 17:30 to 20:30
[Place] At the front of Nara Kasugano International Forum IRAKA
[Price] 500 Yen
Nararurie Official Boothしあわせココアの販売

Totsukawa Onsen Foot Bath (Free)

[Date] Friday February 9th, 2018
[Time] 17:30 to 20:30
[Place] At the front of Nara Kasugano International Forum IRAKA

Nara Park’s birthday fireworks and live performances(Free)

February 14th, 2018 will be the 138th birthday of Nara Park! Let’s celebrate together!
(It will be cancelled in the event of stormy weather. It will not be postponed.)

[Date] Wednesday February 14th, 2018
[Time] Live performances from 19:00 to 19:30, Fireworks from 19:30
[Place] Kasugano Enchi 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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