I went to the " 11th Hikari Festival " held at the westernmost tip of Kanagawa Prefecture, the former Fujino Town, for three days from November 1st (Sat) to 3rd (Mon). On the last day of the 3 consecutive holidays, we were blessed with a pleasant autumn weather, and in the warm sunshine, we headed to Fujino Town. Head to the venue while being rocked by a retro shuttle bus.
When you get off the bus, you can see the former Makigo Elementary School, a 55-year-old pink wooden school building surrounded by the greenery of the mountains. As it is a closed elementary school, the playground, school building, swimming pool, gymnasium, back mountain, and other large spaces are all places for expression, so you can enjoy yourself while moving around while watching your schedule. increase. In the schoolyard, you can also see artists making works live.
And there were so many variations of food stalls lined up that I was at a loss as to what to eat. Among them, the paella of the Vietnamese stall PePe , which is made in a large frying pan, is so popular that it disappears as soon as it is completed. The balance between the taste of the ingredients and the cooking condition of the rice was wonderful, and it was delicious.
The "Satoyama area" overlooking the school grounds from behind the stage is also recommended for a short break after the live. While listening to the cheers of the live performance that can be heard from below, some people are eating and chatting.
Next to the stage, I found a biodiesel generator. It seems to be an eco-friendly and clean recycled fuel that uses oil after cooking. Fujino Electric Power 's solar panels are everywhere, including behind the school building. The Hikari Festival is known for its 100% in-house power generation. By the way, the cups used at the venue are of course not disposable.
And the venue where the sun gradually went down. Since this year's event will be held in the fall, a bonfire was prepared, but the conversation around the fire was also a valuable experience.
Every year, artists from various genres such as reggae, rock, Latin, and acoustics perform on the stage of the Hikari Matsuri. (The photo is " T Junction s ")
Also, if you go to the poolside at night, you will find the art group " MIRRORBOWLER ", which creates space works of light and reflection, and various "festivals" all over the country. Live performances and fire dances were unfolding around the collaboration work of " VJ WANBON ", who is directing the space, and I was able to experience the luxurious space here as well.
The good thing about the former elementary school is that it has not only an outdoor space, but also a school building. The picture is "Bambi Cafe" on the second floor. Menu such as sandwiches and drinks looked delicious, but is it bar time at night? It creates an adult atmosphere that makes it hard to believe that it is a former classroom.
And finally the climax. When night comes, the lights, which are synonymous with the Hikari Festival, create a contrast with the darkness of the night and begin to color the venue. Looking at the candles of "mugen candle" and the lighting performance of the art group "MIRRORBOWLER" makes me feel sad at the end of the day...
Then there is the gate designed by BROWN DOOR , a vintage clothing store in Setagaya Ward. Go through here and return to the real world.
▼ Click here for the article where I interviewed the members of the Hikari Festival Executive Committee
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