Sakurazaka Asylum 2013

Sakurazaka Asylum 2013 is an annual event featuring music, arts and culture which takes place over two days in and around the Sakurazaka Theatre close to the centre of Naha. This year’s event is on the weekend of 23rd/24th February. Performances and activities will take place all day and in the evening on both days. On Saturday there will be a performance by hip-hop artist Tatsumi Chibana whose Atarashii Sekai was one of the best albums released in Okinawa last year. He will be at Sakurazaka Theatre Hall A at 18:45. Before that at the same venue will be Cinema dub Monks who will be appearing at 15:30.

Tatsumi Chibana

Tatsumi Chibana

On Sunday there is a performance by the popular Okinawan singer-songwriter jimama who is supported by a trio of musicians. Her show starts at 15:00 at Hall A. At the same venue in the evening will be Sakishima Meeting (Yukito Ara and Isamu Shimoji) who recently released their single of the theme song from the film Karakara. Sandwiched in between jimama and Sakishima Meeting are the innovative band Maltese Rock who perform at Hall B at 18:45. These are just my picks of the many musicians who will be appearing in and around the Sakurazaka Theatre area.

jimama

jimama

Isamu Shimoji of Sakishima Meeting

Isamu Shimoji of Sakishima Meeting

In addition to the music – which will feature musicians from mainland Japan as well as Okinawa – there are a number of other activities including a bingata workshop. Advance tickets are 3,000 yen for one day or 5,000 yen for both days. For full details see the website below:

http://www.sakura-zaka.com/asylum/2013/index.html

 

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