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Summer Children’s Concert 2015 at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan 《Ueno Forest Cultural Exploration》 2/2

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No.002
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The Summer Children’s Concert 2015 at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra

The Izumis (Kei and his parents) are at the Summer Children’s Concert 2015 at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. They have used the “Ueno One-day Pass,” which came with the concert ticket, to spend a fun time at museums and the zoo. They are about to have a long-awaited lunch. The following is the afternoon of their day in Ueno.


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12:00 Lunch

If you show the pamphlet of the “Summer Children’s Concert” at the 15 establishments belonging to the “Ueno Shop Curtain Meeting (Ueno Norenkai),” you can receive various kinds of special services. The Izumis chose a western-style restaurant near Shinobazunoike Pond. They had popular menu items like omelet and rice, hamburger steak and Napolitan spaghetti.

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At Restaurant Sakurai, if you show the pamphlet of the concert, they will give you a 5% discount. Other restaurants taking part in the “Ueno Shop Curtain Meeting (Ueno Norenkai)” include tempura, unagi and sushi restaurants which provide things like free drinks.
For more information, check the website at http://uenonorenkai.com

12:40 Headed for the “Summer Children’s Concert 2015” at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

They go to the main hall at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan for the “Summer Children’s Concert 2015,” which is the main reason why they came. During the hour-long concert, they listened to a wide variety of music that can be enjoyed by different generations of people, including J. Williams’ “Harry Potter” Suite, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Stravinsky’s The Firebird. The conductor, Rossen Gergov, gave an explanation about music partially in Japanese. At the encore, the entire audience started clapping along with the rhythm.

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(Morning) They go back to Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, where they received the “Ueno One-day Pass.” It opens at 12:00 and the concert starts at 13:00.
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The conductor, Rossen Gergov, explains the background stories of the music they play and encourages the audience to “imagine the scenes while listening to it.”
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The concert hall is full of families. Since Kei is learning ballet, ballet suites such as Swan Lake are familiar to him.

14:30 Snack Time

It is a little before 3 o’clock by the time they come out after the concert. The Izumis are headed for Ueno Station, hoping to find something cold to drink. They found a traditional sweet parlor and had kakigori, a chilled sweet made with shaved ice flavored with syrup. Kei’s parents were still rather excited about the concert, saying things like, “it was thrilling because the performance was energetic,” and “I was reminded of the movie Billy Elliot.” They both like classical music.

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At Mihashi, you can get a topping of ice cream on anmitsu if you show the concert pamphlet.

15:30 National Museum of Nature and Science

The sun is going to set soon. The last stop is the National Museum of Nature and Science. The “Ueno One-day Pass” gives them free entrance to their 2 permanent exhibitions, the Japan Gallery and the Global Gallery. There are a lot of exhibitions, including large-scale models, stuffed specimens and audio-visual materials, allowing visitors to explore culture at the end of the day.

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The Global Gallery. Different kinds of fossils show the process of evolution.
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The Japan Gallery. Numerous samples displayed on the walls of the hall reminds them of “Kubbe Makes an Art Museum,” that they saw at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum that morning. Dad says, “It’s amazing they can collect, organize and display this many things in such a fun way.”

The Izumis stayed at the museum until it closes at 17:00. They had a fascinating day, going to museums, a zoo and a music hall and having good food. Kei is exhausted from so much walking around and was carried on his dad’s back on the way home.

* Opening hours and entrance fees to facilities mentioned in this report are as of July 26th, 2015.

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It was a good day.

Text, editing: TAN Editorial Section

INFORMATION

Summer Children’s Concert 2015 (Ueno Forest Cultural Exploration)

One-hour orchestra concert and the “Ueno One-day Pass,” which permits free entrance to the cultural facilities inside Ueno Park as well as discounts and services at neighboring restaurants.
DateJuly 26, 2015
Entrance FeesPrimary and Junior High students – 1,000 yen (all seats),
Adult S-seat - 3,000 yen (for members of Club Wa-Wa-2,500 yen),
Adult A-seat - 2,000 yen, Adult B-seat - 1,000 yen
Organized byTokyo Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture Group)
District of Ueno Tourism Promotion Council
In Cooperation withUeno Shop Curtain Meeting
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan partner of the yearUeno Seiyoken
Funded byAgency for Cultural Affairs, 2015 Theaters and Music Halls revitalization project
ContactTokyo Bunka Kaikan, Planning Division
phone03-3828-2111