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

Kanagawa Kenmin Hall 
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Infiltrate an artistic space!

A place that has been watching over the history of Yokohama's art and culture
Kanagawa Kenmin Hall

This time, we would like to introduce the "Kanagawa Kenmin Hall," which opened on January 17, 1975, 40 years ago, as one of Japan's leading large-scale cultural facilities. First of all, we went 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 sunlight, and a tall light tower installed at the information counter. And after all, the design that is a straight straight line and everything is designed in a square shape is too wonderful! It was the first time for me to pay close attention to the architecture of the entire hall while using it several times (I'm very sorry!). From the lights to the walls, windows and stairs, there is a space that makes you feel the modernism that was popular in the 1950s and 70s. By the way, this lobby is a public space like the hotel lobby, so anyone can enter for free. Chairs are also available, so you can check the leaflets of the performance and check the air-conditioned and spacious space.It's also great to spend a relaxing time!

On the wall on the left side facing the information counter, works woven based on the prints of Shiko Munakata are displayed. Actually, this was originally used as a stage curtain in a small hall. Worth a look.

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

The lobby for this large hall is also designed to make you feel modernism in everything. How to use the lighting is also effective and cool! After all, this is also composed with a design that emphasizes the corners as a whole. Normally, the entire surface of the wall is used, and the large grid-like windows are provided to create a space where you can see the scenery of Yokohama, which changes its expression depending on the season.

Before entering the large hall, I was taken to a panoramic view spot called Hall Staff Ichi Push. Arrived at the 3rd floor lobby. The view from this lobby is the best because it is on the 6th floor of the entire building!

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And here are the recommended panoramic view spots!

Did you know that there is a triangular space at the end of the lobby towards the sea? If you stand here, you can overlook Yokohama Port beyond the rows of ginkgo trees. You can see Osanbashi, Yamashita Park, and even Honmoku on a sunny day. At the time of the interview (unfortunately, it was a cloudy sky ...), it was still a harsh heat, so there was a lot of greenery under my eyes, but from autumn to winter, I heard that I would change my clothes to a row of golden ginkgo trees. If you are coming to the large hall of "Kanagawa Kenmin Hall", please go up to the lobby on the 3rd floor and enjoy the beautiful view of Yokohama below.

This is the state of the 2nd floor lobby. The cube-shaped lighting with a classic design is also nice. Check out these interiors when you visit "Kanagawa Kenmin Hall"!

Let's enter the large hall from the lobby on the 3rd floor.

It's big anyway! Since this day was a holiday, maintenance and inspections were being carried out for the next performance. There was an elevating device called "seri" on the stage, and on this day a red traffic cone was placed so that the position of "seri" could be seen. Looking at it like this, it's a fairly large space. By the way, how do you think this "seri" part is used? The answer is ... Because the entrance is just below this stage, it is used as a carry-in route when assembling a stage set. The various sets that decorate the opera and ballet stages are this "seri".Will be carried to the stage by going up and down.

And again, the hall staff told me about the best seats! Inside the front row of seats on both sides with the stage in front! For example, here is the 3rd floor seat (the seat part with the seat down). Seat numbers "3F 1st row 6th (left side)" and "3F 1st row 53rd (right side)".

As you can see from the back, do you see that the seats on both sides of the 3rd floor are considerably higher than the center seats on the 2nd floor? When you actually sit down, the stage is so close that you can't think of it as a 3rd floor seat! Some customers dare to request a seat on the 3rd floor.

For 2F seats, the seat numbers are "2F 1st row 6th (left side)" and "2F 1st row 55th (right side)". I actually sat down to see how close it was, but I was really surprised that the stage was so close! Moreover, since there is nothing to block in front, you can see the entire stage perfectly.

Looking at the seats from the stage as if I were a performer, it looks like this.

The number of seats is 2,433. The hall boasts an overwhelming size of 2,493 seats, including wheelchair seats and standing seats. (When using the orchestra pit, the number of seats on the 1st floor will be reduced by 190.)

Well, this time it is up to here. Next time, I will go up to the stage of the big hall and look behind the scenes! In addition, infiltrate a small hall where concerts of pipe organs and chamber music are held! looking forward to

Born in 1975 as one of the largest cultural facilities in Japan and a space where you can get familiar with world-class music, performing arts, and art in a privileged environment such as Yamashita Park, Yokohama Port, and Chinatown. We hold fulfilling performances centered on artists who are active in the world, and strive to create and promote art and culture.

  • Address
    3-1 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
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  • Business Hour
    Opening hours: 9: 00- (Closed hours depend on performances)