Special event
The road to Fuji: celebrating Hokusai

Friday 14 July 2017,
Great Court and galleries
Free, just drop in, limited seating

Supported by Mitsubishi Corporation

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Enjoy an evening of performances and activities celebrating the life, art and enduring legacy of Katsushika Hokusai, presented in collaboration with Japan House.

Visiting especially from Tokyo, see Chindonya, musical street entertainers employed to advertise shops and theatre performances, whose roots lie in Hokusai’s late Edo-period Japan. Chindonya groups would parade the streets with one member shouting out to the crowd, handing out flyers.

Hear traditional performances by tsugaru shamisen player Hibiki Ichikawa and folk singer Akari Mochizuki, as well as a performance of Ryan Probert’s Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji by English acoustic guitar duo Vickers-Bovey, inspired by Hokusai’s prints.

The evening will also include themed craft workshops, a community-led performance by older people from Camden, film screenings of the NHK production The Lost Hokusai (2017) and a pop-up sake tasting bar.

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Chindonya. Photo: Minoru Takeuchi.