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Let’s connect the past,now and the future of the town "Honmoku" colored with legends by art! "Honmoku Art Project 2017" is being held!

– Starting with ” Miyauchi Yasuno Kids Workshop” on October 11, various programs are still in progress.Please tell us the overview of “Honmoku art project”.


【Okazaki】First, “Offsite Dance Project”, of which I am the representative, is an NPO that has the concept of promoting performing arts in various spaces other than theaters and is engaged in dance activities around the world based on Yokohama as a base .

Our first work as a regional creation project was “Honmok Art Project”.In collaboration with Kashihara who works for Yokohama community outreaching, we have started from 2013, in cooperation with artists inside and outside Honmoku, shops in Hongmok and people with network connections.

−I heard that Kasahara was from near Honmoku. How do you see the decline of the city?

【Kasahara】 I am from Negishi town next to Honmoku.My parents’ house is next to the US military settlement, I started playing naturally with Americans of the same age since I was a child, and I often participated in events such as Halloween.But the times have changed,such an environment was lost unnoticedly, frankly speaking.
It can not be helped that the times change, but if it is usually a town, the previous remnants will remain somewhere. However, in the case of Honmoku, it may be an extreme way of saying, but the town has suddenly disappeared.

As you all know, there used to be a US military base in Honmoku, people were all colored in American culture, absorbing American-something and becoming an epicenter of jazz and dance.However after the base retreated, the culture of the past rapidly faded.
There were no places that you could touch the American culture, and in the re-development, the goodness of this old town changed.

Then, as time passed by, after the collapse of the bubble economy, the Yokohama municipal railroad project was canceled, and it was in MYCAL Honmoku which was a symbol of re-development, the cinema complex that started from 1996 “Mycal Shouchiku Cinemas Honmoku “(later MOVIX Honmoku) also withdrew in 2011.
After that, until our projects started, it was just a town where there are buildings left.

Honmoku is a very unique city, and for one thing, the image that the old residents have for the town and the one the new residents have are different.
And as you can see from the withdrawal of the cinema complex mentioned above, there are no cultural facilities that will serve as bases at this time, furthermore, there are no stations nearby, the influx of humans from other areas is inactive. Several factors are involved, leading to the current situation.

However, as a human who knew Honmoku who was full of vibrancy,including me, there are some aspects that I do not want to talk about as a regional revival in various regions.
For that reason, I felt a strong feeling that myself who knew the old days would like to tell them to the younger generation from now on.


I think that the culture of Honmoku of old times is worth passing down from generation to generation by word of mouth.Young people will surely be surprised, but during the mature stage, a lot of people came not only from Yokohama-city but also from Tokyo, and Honmoku revealed the night by singing and dancing in “Adult Culture” It was a great turnout


– It’s one of our programs “Honmoku Night 2017” that you can feel the enthusiasm of Honmoku at that time.

 【Kasahara】Correct. Honmoku’s original prideful culture is “music” and “dance.”
We independently absorbed American culture, “The Golden Cups” and “Yazawa Eikichi” appeared, dance step “Hamachacha” was also erected.
The clubs with live music “Golden Cup” and Disco “LINDY” were also in Honmoku, these clubs are widely handed down as legends to those who sent youth in the 1970s.
“Honmoku Night” was held because we want the young people to re-experience the atmosphere at that time.
This time we are planning two more. “PANTA” Live (December 1) Known as the vocal & guitar of “brain police” who established a legend at the dawn of Japanese rock in the 1970s
And Disco time (December 9) “Fujinaka Ichiro”, dancer who led the disco scene at the time, “Ohnuki Kensho”who is a music critic and a famous DJ hosting LONDON NITE.
To tell the truth, at the time of planning, we wanted young people who did not know about old stars to enjoy it, we were planning with modern music.

<live house「golden cup」 Photo by Tadashi Mori>

But we stopped it. Because you had better see the live performances of the top artists as they were when the Honmoku was lively and vibrant in the 1970s. That way it was transmitted as it was at that time, and we thought that we could also give something fresh to the young people. We thought that a young people can enjoy live music and disco of those days, a very simple composition.

<Mr.Ichiro Fujinaka:MOONEYES Area-1 Photo by Hideo Mori>

−December 9th (Sat) and 10th December (Sunday) will be the last two days of this event, but the program is fascinated from “Children’s Disco Event” to “Film Screening”. Please tell us the highlights of these programs.


【Okazaki】 The program will be held at once at “HONMOKU AREA – 2” as our base.
Originally there was a cinema called Mycal Honmoku, there are 8 large and small halls.
Screens and audience seats have been removed, but if you devise how to use the hall, they will change into unique spaces.
The projects that are planned to be held in these halls are:”Uchiki Satomi Child Disco Season 3″, “Jack and Betty Movie Watching”, “Ishigami Natsuki Talk & Archive” and “Honmoku AIR: Mase Takuto Presents Talk & Live” “Let’s look up at the sky 2017 “.

<HONMOKU AREA-2 movie-theater Photo by Hideo Mori>

<HONMOKU AREA-2 Photo by Hideo Mori>

Children’s Disco started in 2015 with partnership with Uchiki Satomi,a contemporary dancer. It is a party-style dance performance event.
After soliciting children’s dancers, practicing repeatedly, children will show off dance in front of the crowd.
It is also a fun participation-type program, children and adults can join aside from publicly-offered kids dancers

<Children’s Disco Photo by Hideo Mori>

“Jack & Betty” Film screening party might be the movie screening unique to Honmoku.
So that the residents of Honmoku can enjoy the culture of Honmoku .
With the cooperation of Yokohama’s small movie-theater “Cinema Jack & Betty”, “The Golden Cups One More Time” and “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” will be shown on our screen.

<The Golden Cups One More Time>

Talk & archive by Ishigami Natsuki might be an audience-participation-type theatrical work “Give Me Chocolate! It is a reporting meeting about it. The dramatist Ishigami Natsuki has participated since the 1 st time. The work was premiered by Honmoku Art Project (2015) and was revived in January 2017. After that, the work was re-created in Melbourne, Manila.
Since when the work was started at Honmoku, explain how the work changed in different ways, such as crossing national borders, nationality, race and community.
Also, she will tell the audience about the city Honmoku that has been seen by her through overseas experiences.

<(2015)『Give Me Chocolate!』Photo by Hideo Mori>

<2015 "Give Me Chocolate! "Photo by Hideo Mori>
And Mase Tact has stayed in Honmoku for a month and has been producing the residence program “Honmoku AIR”. Here, he is sitting next to me, it would be better to have him explain to you about that directly (laugh).


–I heard that you are an artist who is doing art activities with the city as a field.
What kind of program is this time?

 【Mase】 This is the participation type art project “Sky Variations * cyrcle project” This time will be the second time following the activities in Kyoto.
What we are using is a rounded deformed object of wire hanger, which we are using on a daily basis. All participants will use that object as a “frame” and cut out “sky”. In short, many people have their own skies in the frame and take them.
The photographing place can be anywhere in the honmoku-area.
Also, I can accompany shooting, participants can shoot alone, either way is possible.


That way we will collect ‘Honmoku sky’, by having the sky images seen by each person uploaded to the special website,
Collected pictures are filtered on the scene of “out of frame” of each one of them, and a collage of “the sky within the frame” into the light box.
And in the exhibition space, “the sky that each person chose” gleamed, as if to make a galaxy.
Also, the landscape outside the filtered frame is not completely blacked out, but if you stare at close range, you can see the image delicately.
And you can see that each sky is connected by Honmoku like a landscape one by one.
The main theme of this project is “Paint the sky with everyone”, but the important element is that participants share photos one after another.

Even today, a lot of participants are uploading their images.
Also the last day of December 10th, we will hold the joint live, where we would talk about the activities we have done in the past in Honmoku.
We invited musician “Magical Power Mako”, who has been active since the early seventies and has won the Italian International Television Award.
So surely it will be the best content for decorating the last day of Honmoku Art Project.

–Finally, I heard that this “Honmoku art project 2017” is a compilation of the past. Please share us your impressions and messages, reflecting your efforts from the first.

【Okazaki】 We have been working on various projects while receiving useful opinions at pivotal points. As I think now, it is most important in art projects to continue sustaining small activities.
In this event, the start was from only a few people who agreed with our aims such as Mase’s “Sky Variations * cyrcle project” or Ishigami’s “Give Me Chocolate! “
Starting from there, the number of participants gradually increased by word of mouth, and the event became popular into the city.This program was born from a very small place.

In contrast, in the case of a big event, it seems to have a big effect while doing it, but its effect is hard to sustain in the future.
With that in mind, at the third event, we decided to change direction and became like the current program.
It takes time to get effects to boost this area and revitalization of local communities,though there are plenty of impressive programs for each participant.
We hope you enjoy it in a lot of people.

It does not mean that you can revive the old Honmoku as it was now, we believe that by reproducing the past turnover and atmosphere and we can contribute to the making of new towns.
There is a problem in the town now, such as inconvenient access, but prior to that, I would like residents to be able to have “pride” in Honmoku.
Needless to say music and dance, Honmoku was a really cool adult city, where I spent my youth. From now on I want to teach that young person so cool.

【Okazaki】 Really, so. For example, “Hama-cha-cha” dancer Fujinaka Ichiro is very nice even in the atmosphere,
And there are many cases where such human beings have been active, is Hon Mok.

【Kasahara】 That’s right (laugh). That’s why ….

【Mase】I was invited as an artist of the residency program, but my “Sky Variations * cyrcle project” is going to be further expanded in the future.
From Honmoku to Kannai, and all the areas of Yokohama, it will spread like seamless sky.

At the same time, for I have been based in Kyoto this time, a towns and a towns are also a series like the sky. So if there is a problem, it will be possible to share information with Honmoku and Kyoto and explore the better solutions.
As Okazaki said earlier, the scale is small when viewed as one single event, but eventually it will be helpful for regional revitalization. I am forecasting that this project will lead to big activity and movement.

“Honmoku Art Project 2017” Event outline
Schedule: Wednesday, October 11 – Sunday, December 10
Venue: Yokohama-city, Honmoku-area
* Base space: HONMOKU ARES – 2 (on the site of former Mycal Honmoku cinema)

▼ Honmoku AIR / Mase Takuto (November 11 – December 10)
▼ Honmoku Night 2017 【HONMOKU NITE Fujinaka Ichiro× Onuki Kensho】 (December 9)
▼ Ishigami Natsuki “From Honmoku to Asia. Give Me Chocolate! Reporting Meeting”
(December 10)
▼ Collaboration Project: Jack & Betty “Honmoku movie feature” (December 9th and 10th)
▼ Collaboration Project: Uchiki Satomi “Children’s Disco Season 3” (December 9)

Get off at the municipal bus “Wada Yamaguchi” and walk one minute
● From Yokohama Station East Exit Terminal … 2nd stop 8,58 or 105 3rd stop
● From Sakuragicho Station Terminal … No. 2 No. 8, 58 Stations
● From JR Ishikawacho station … Bus stop “Motomachi” station 99, 101, 105, 106 lines
From JR Negishi Station … No. 1 stop 58, 99, 101 lines
● By Minato-Mirai Line Motomachi& China-town Station … Bus stop “Yamashita-cho” stand 8, 58, 148 lines

Required time for the bus:
● approximately 35 minutes from “Yokohama Station East Exit” to “Wada Yamaguchi”
● approximately 15 minutes from “Motomachi” “Yamashita-cho” to “Wada Yamaguchi”
● approximately 14 minutes from JR “Negishi Station” to “Wada Yamaguchi”
(The time shown is just a guide. Time will change depending on road conditions.)

* Municipal bus
Fare is 220 yen for adults 110 yen for children / 1 day tickets: 600 yen for adults and 300 yen for children
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