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2018.04.12

"Kanagawa Prefectural Hall" where you can meet the modern architecture of the 70's (1/2)

Kanagawa Kenmin Hall 
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The mirea editorial department infiltrates the art space!
ART SPOT FILE-No.2

A place that has continued to watch the history of art and culture in Yokohama
Kanagawa Prefectural Hall

This time, we introduce "Kanagawa Prefectural Hall", which opened as a major cultural facility representing Japan on January 17, 1975, 40 years ago. First of all, go to the lobby on the 2nd floor of the building with the guidance of the hall staff.

Wow, super cool! ! ! ! ! High ceilings, large glass windows with plenty of sunshine, and a tall light tower installed at the information counter. And, above all, the design of a straight, straight line and everything in a square shape is just too great! It was the first time that I was ashamed to pay close attention to the architecture of the whole hall while using it several times (I was very rude!). Here, lighting, walls, windows and stairs are filled with spaces that reflect the modernism of the 1950s and 1970s. By the way, this lobby is a public space like the hotel lobby, so anyone can enter freely. Chairs are also provided, so while checking flyers etc. of the performance,It is also ◎ to spend relaxing in a spacious space!


On the left side of the wall facing the information counter is a woven work based on the prints of Munekata Shiko. Actually, it was originally used as a small hall curtain. Worth a look.

Let's move to the big hall with red carpet.

The lobby for this large hall is also made to feel modernism in all. How to use the lighting is also effective and cool! After all, this also has a design that emphasizes the corners overall. Usually, the entire area of the wall is used, and the lattice-shaped windows are large, making it possible to view the scenery of Yokohama, which changes its expression every season.

Before entering the big hall, I was taken to a panoramic view spot called Hall Staff Ichi. Arrived at the 3F lobby. This is the 6th floor of the whole building, so the view from this lobby is best with a good view!


Did you know that there is a triangular space at the end when you head toward the sea from the lobby? Standing here, you can overlook Yokohama Port ahead of the Ginkgo trees. It seems that Osanbashi, Yamashita Park, and Honmoku can be seen on sunny days. At the time of the interview (unfortunately cloudy sky ...) it was still a harsh time of the remaining heat, so mokomoko and green are growing under my eyes, but it seems that from autumn to winter it will be changed to a row of golden ginkgo trees. By all means, if you are coming to the Kanagawa Prefectural Hall, please go up to the 3rd floor lobby and see the beautiful view of Yokohama spreading under your eyes.


Here is the 2F lobby. Cube-shaped lighting of classic design is wonderful, too. Check out these interiors when you visit Kanagawa Prefectural Hall!

Then, let's enter the large hall from the 3F lobby.


Anyway it's big! This day was a closed day, so maintenance and inspections were performed for the next performance. There was a lifting device called "Seri" on the stage, and on this day a red color cone was placed so that the position of "Seri" could be recognized. Looking at this, it's a pretty big space. By the way, how do you think the "seri" part is used? The answer is ... Since the stage is just below the entrance, it is used as a loading path for setting stage sets. Various sets for decorating opera and ballet stagesIs transported to the stage by raising and lowering this "seri".

And again, the staff of the hall told me the sheet for pushing! With the stage in front, inside the front row of the seats on both sides! For example, if it is a 3F seat, click here (seat part where the seat is down). Seat number "3F1 row 6 (left side)" and "3F1 row 53 (right side)".


As you can see from the back, you can see that the seats on both sides of the 3F protrude considerably from the central seat on the 2nd floor. When you actually sit down, the stage is so close that you don't think it's a 3F seat! Some customers dare wish for this 3F seat.


For 2F seats, seat numbers "2F1 row 6th (left side)" and "2F1 row 55th (right side)". I was actually sitting close to how close, but the stage was really close and I was surprised! And because there is nothing in front of you, you can see the whole stage.

Looking at the seats from the stage, I was going to be an actor.


2,433 seats. When combined with wheelchair and standing seats, the hall boasts an overwhelming size of 2,493 seats. (When using the orchestra pit, 190 seats on the 1st floor are reduced.)

By the way, this time to here. Next time I will go to the stage of the large hall and look behind the scenes! Sneak into the small hall where the pipe organ and chamber music concerts are held! looking forward to

    In 1975, in a privileged environment such as Yamashita Park, Yokohama Port and Chinatown, it was born as one of the largest large-scale cultural facilities in Japan, and a space familiar with world-class music, performing arts, and art. We hold a variety of performances, centered on artists active in the world, and work to create and promote art and culture.

    • Address
      Kanagawa Prefecture Yokohama City Naka-ku Yamashita-cho 3-1
    • TEL
      045-662-5901
    • Business Hour
      Opening hours: 9: 00 ~ (Closed time depends on performance)

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