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Connect the past, present, and future of the city “Honmoku”, which is colored by legend, with art! "Honmoku Art Project 2017" is held!

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-Starting with the October 11th “Yasuno Miyauchi Kids Workshop”, various programs are still underway. Please give us an overview of the Honmoku Art Project.


[Okazaki] First of all, the “Offsite Dance Project”, which I represent, has the concept of promoting performing arts in various spaces other than the theater, and conducts activities centering on dance at home and abroad based in Yokohama. NPO corporation. The Honmoku Art Project was the first regional revitalization project. Teamed up with Ms. Kasahara, who is committed to the development of the city of Yokohama, and started working in 2013, working with artists inside and outside Honmoku, Honmoku shops, and people with local networks.

-I heard that Mr. Kasahara is from the area around Honmoku. How do you feel about the changes in the city?

[Kasahara] I was born and raised in Negishi next to Honmoku. My parents lived next to the US military residence, playing with Americans of the same age as a matter of course, and often attending events such as Halloween. However, the frank impression is that with the changing times, such an environment has soon disappeared.

Even though the time has passed, it is usually a city that retains its old remnants somewhere. However, in the case of Honmoku, it may be extreme, but there is also an impression that it is steady.

dent: 1em; margin-bottom: 30px "> As you may know, Honmoku once had a US military base, painted in the United States, absorbed it, and became the birthplace of jazz and dance. With the withdrawal of the base, the culture at that time rapidly faded, the soil that touched American culture disappeared, and the redevelopment changed the appearance of the city at that time. With the cancellation of the municipal railway plan, Cinecon “Mycal Shochiku Cinema Honmoku (later MOVIX Honmoku)” started in 1996 at Mycal Honmoku, which was a symbol of redevelopment. After that, until our project, we had only left the building space.

The city of Honmoku is very unique. First of all, the image that old and new residents have in the city is different. And as the previous withdrawal from Cinecon shows, there are no cultural facilities that should become the base in recent years. In addition, there is no nearest station and the flow of people from other areas is not active, and there are several factors that are related to each other. However, as a person who knows lively Honmoku, including myself, there are parts that cannot be said in the issues of town planning that are said nationwide.


From that thought, I felt strongly that we, who knew the time, would not succeed to the next generation. And I believe that Honmoku's culture is worth telling. Young people may be surprised ... But at the peak of the weekend, many people from Tokyo and Tokyo gathered at the weekend to reveal the night with music and dance. It was a bustling city.

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<The legendary disco “LINDY” in Honmoku>

-Isn't Honmoku Night 2017 one of the programs that you can feel the enthusiasm of Honmoku at that time?

[Kasahara] That's right. The culture that Honmoku should be proud of is “music” and “dance”. By independently absorbing American culture, “The Golden Cups” and “Eiyoshi Yazawa” appeared, and the dance step “Hamachacha” was also established. Honmoku is also a live house "Golden Cup" and a disco "LINDY" that have been widely told as legends to those who sent youth in the 70s. “Honmoku no Yoru” has been held to encourage young people to experience the atmosphere at that time. This time, “PANTA” live (December 1), known as the vocal and guitar of the brain police that built a legend in the early days of Japanese rock in the 1970s, and the dancer “Ichiro Fujinaka” who led the disco scene at that time "We are planning a disco time (December 9th) with a famous DJ" Onuki Charter "sponsored by music critic and LONDON NITE.

<Photo by Tadashi Mori in Live House "Golden Cup">

In fact, at the planning stage, I was trying to create a modern taste so that people who didn't know their existence could enjoy it. But after a while it stopped. The live expression of an artist who was active at the front of the 70s when Honmoku was full of vigor It would be better. I was able to convey it as it was, and it was accepted by young people as a new excitement, so I was able to enjoy live and disco in a very simple and straightforward manner.

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

-On December 9th (Saturday) and December 10th (Sunday), the last 2days, the program will be filled with everything from "Disco Events for Kids" to "Movie Screening". Please tell me the characteristics of each.


[Okazaki] The program will be held at “HONMOKU AREA-2”, which is our base. It is the site of the former Mycal Honmoku movie theater, and there are 8 large and small spaces. The screens and seats have been removed, but depending on how they are used, it will transform into a unique space. Among them are “Satomi Uchiki Child Disco Season 3”, “Jack & Betty Movie Screening”, “Natsuki Ishigami Talk & Archive”, and “Honmoku AIR: Takuto Mase Presents Talk & Live“ Look Up at the Sky 2017 ""is.

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<HONMOKU AREA-2 Theater Photo by Hideo Mori>

Children's Disco is a party-style dance presentation that started in 2015 in partnership with contemporary dancer Satomi Uchiki. Children who have practiced from the kids dancer recruitment will perform the dance. In addition, it is a fun participatory program where children and adults other than the open kids dancers can participate.

<Child Photo Disco Photo by Hideo Mori>

The Jack & Betty movie screening is a movie related to Honmoku. To help Honmoku people come into contact with Honmoku culture. In collaboration with the mini theater “Cinema Jack & Betty” in Yokohama, “The Golden Cups One More Time” and “Like! Like! Like! Etc.] will be screened.

<The GoLuden Cups One More Time>

Natsuki Ishigami Talk & Archive is a theater-participation-type drama "Give Me Chocolate!" Report meeting about. The work replayed in January 2017 after its premiere at the Honmoku Art Project in 2015. Later, the work was recreated in Melbourne and Manila. Beginning from Honmoku, crossing borders and introducing nationality, race, and community, how the work changed. We will also talk about the city of Honmoku that has been seen through overseas experiences.

<2015 “Give Me Chocolate! ”Photo by Hideo Mori>

And Takuto Mase, who has been creating a residence program “Honmaki AIR” for one month, here is the person himself, so let me explain it directly (laughs).


-I heard that you are an artist working in the field of the city. What kind of program is this time?

[Mase] “Sky Variations * cyrcle project ”, this is the second time following an activity in Kyoto. What I am using is an object in which the wire hangers that are common in everyday life are rounded and reshaped. Have the participants use the object as a “frame” and cut out the “sky”. In other words, many people have their favorite sky in the frame for shooting. The place is anywhere in Honmoku area. In addition, I may accompany you to shoot, or you can take it alone.


Then, while getting the sky you saw on the special site,
Collecting “Honmoku no Sora”. The collected photos are filtered on the “outside frame” landscape of each photo, and the “inside frame” is collaged into a light box. And ... In the exhibition space, "Everyone's sky" sparkles like a galaxy. In addition, the scenery outside the filtered frame is not completely blacked out, and if you look closely, you can see the image delicately. In other words, every sky and every landscape is connected by Honmoku. The main theme of this project is “drawing the sky together”, but it is also an important factor that people share photos one after another. Even now, many people upload photos every day.

On December 10th, the final day, we will talk about the activities we have been doing in Honmoku and will have a joint live. We invited a musician called “Magical Power Mako” who has been active since the early 70s and has received the award of the Italian International Broadcasting Award. I think it will be a suitable space to conclude my Honmoku Art Project.

[Okazaki] We have been working on various projects at important points, while receiving valuable opinions. And now, what I feel is that the essence of art projects is “small but sustainable things”.

Ms. Mase's “Sky Variations * cyrcle project” is also made by Ishigami ’s “Give Me Chocolate!” However, the start was from a very small number of people who agreed with the idea. From there, the number of participants gradually increased by word of mouth and spread throughout the city. It is a program derived from a very minimal place. On the other hand, a big event seems to have a big effect at that time, but it is difficult to sustain the effect in the long run. So we turned around just the third time and reached the current program. Although it may take some time for the regional regeneration to be effective, we have prepared a program that will keep everyone feeling. I hope many people will enjoy it.

[Kasahara] I don't mean that the original Honmoku is going to the present day, but I think that it is possible to contribute to the creation of a new town by disseminating the state and atmosphere of those days. There are issues such as inconvenient access if you look at the city, but before that, I think it is important for everyone to be able to have “pride” in the city of Honmoku. Honmoku, where I spent my youth, as well as music and dance, was really a “cool adult town”. I would like to continue to convey that coolness from now on.

[Okazaki] Really. For example,Mr. Ichiro Fujinaka, the dancer of Hamachacha, which I talked about at the beginning, is very nice just by appearance (laughs). Honmoku was also active in many of these people.

[Kasahara] That's right (laughs). That's why.

[Mase] You have been invited as a residence program artist, but my "Sky Variations * cyrcle project" will be expanded further in the future. From Honmoku to Kannai, and all over Yokohama so that the sky is unbroken.

Also, based in Kyoto, the city and the city are connected like the sky. So, if there is a problem, I think it would be possible to share information on Honmoku and Kyoto and devise improvement measures. As Mr. Okazaki talked about earlier, it may be small if seen alone, but eventually it will lead to a large regional regeneration. I hope that this project will lead to greater activities.

Outline of “Honmaki Art Project 2017”

Schedule: October 11 (Wednesday) to December 10 (Sunday)
Venue: Yokohama and Honmoku area
* Location: HONMOKU ARES-2 (formerly Mycal Honmoku movie theater)

▼ Honmoku AIR / Takuto Mase (November 11th to December 10th)
▼ Honmoku no Yoru 2017 | [HONMOKU NITE Ichiro Fujinaka x Noonori Onuki] (December 9)
▼ Natsuki Ishigami “From Honmoku to Asia. Give Me Chocolate! Report Meeting” (December 10)
▼ Partnership plan: Jack & Betty "Honmoku Movie Special" (December 9-10)
▼ Partnership plan: Satomi Uchiki “Children's Disco Season 3” (December 9)
1 minute walk from city bus `` Wadayamaguchi ''
● HorizontalFrom the Hama Station East Exit Terminal ... Platform 2 8, 58 or Platform 3 105
● From Sakuragicho Station Terminal ... Platform No. 2 8, 58
● From JR Ishikawacho Station ... Bus stop "Motomachi" stop 99, 101, 105, 106
● From JR Negishi Station ... Platform 1 58, 99, 101
● From Minatomirai Line Motomachi / Chukagai Station ... Bus stop "Yamashitacho" platform 8, 58, 148

Bus time:
● About 35 minutes from “Yokohama Station East Exit” to “Wadayama Exit”
● About 15 minutes from “Motomachi” and “Yamashita Town” to “Wada Yamaguchi”
● Approximately 14 minutes from JR Negishi Station to Wada Yamaguchi
(The required time is only a guide. It depends on the congestion of the road.)

* City bus 220 yen for adults 110 yen for children / 1-day ticket: 600 yen for adults 300 yen for children

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