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Ueno’s Mountain Cultural Zone Festival: Culture on Every Level



2022.10.06 (Thu)

By Dan Lewis, long-term Japan resident & outdoor activity enthusiast.

Held from September to November every year since 1992, “Ueno’s Mountain Culture Zone Festival” celebrates its 30th anniversary with many special events.

The culture zone was originally created to help develop Ueno’s mountain as a base for art and culture in Taito City and is now home to multiple cultural facilities such as the Shitamachi Museum, the Tokyo University of the Arts and Tokyo National Museum.

One of these facilities which is usually closed to the public, Ueno Toshogu Shrine, will be open for all. Built similar to Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Ueno Toshogu Shrine is a nationally designated important cultural property that survived war and disasters, and is popular with worshipers from around Japan and the world.

Here, there have been special musical performances by award-winning artists such as violinist virtuoso Kazuki Sawa and pianist Emiko Tadenuma. Spectators enjoyed European music performed in and surrounded by traditional Japanese architecture, creating a truly iconic composition.

In addition to musical performances, nearly 60 events will be held this year, including exhibitions, lectures, and tours. Visitors can enjoy guided tours around buildings and historical sites with various themes, as well as a series of lectures with themes ranging from beautiful block script of China and Japan, to buddhist sutras from the perspective of a priest, to a 50 year history of tile repair methodology.

For additional information on the following site: (Japanese only)

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