A traditional performing art from ancient times from the western Iwami region of Shimane Prefecture.
As a person based in Osaka, I happened to have the opportunity to watch the performance, and I was absolutely fascinated by its power, grandeur, and most of all, how beautifully it conveys the Japanese culture and feel.
Director, Iwami Kagura Naniwakan Takahashi Ikuo
I heard of the name of Kagura, but I didn't really know what it was. I was simply shocked and personally thought to myself "Why haven't I ever had the opportunity to experience this kind of entertainment?". I was also impressed by the outstanding content, which had me wondering “Where is this kind of show usually performed?”. Of course, because of its traditional nature of art and the way it is nurtured in its region, it is known by its background inherited firmly by local volunteers. But this kind of performing arts should be widely known, and not just in Japan, I thought it should be communicated to people overseas as well. To that end, I think that I need a facility where Iwami Kagura can be seen at any time. Fortunately, I was able to find a spot where I could prepare the performance in Osaka Namba. In Osaka, this wonderful culture can be shared both domestically and overseas. And I want to make it a base that leads to the next generation that will share my vision in cultural conservation. This was the beginning of the birth of the Iwami Kagura Naniwakan.
Free admission without application at the reservation stage is not possible.
A facility that performs regularly requires performers to perform regularly.
Moreover, since the program is the traditional performing arts Iwami Kagura, first of all we had no relationship or knowledge to realize the culture, starting with people, things, and buildings. However, we received cooperation from a company, whose headquarters was in Shimane. Whether it was accidental or necessary, the Osaka performance facility of Iwami Kagura began to move in earnest toward realization, but of course it was not as simple as it sounds.
The main premise is that the people in any company (groups that perform Iwami Kagura) usually work, and it is impossible to perform daily in Osaka from Shimane. I thought that it was a performance facility where only the local people would perform, and then I was forced to give up performing regularly on a daily basis in Osaka. However, people in the company sought the possibility even if it could not be realized, and introduced this one person. That person was the creator of the company in Osaka in the old days and is now committed to the future development of Iwami Kagura in local Shimane. We had crashed thoughts with those people and promised full cooperation, and in addition, there were encouraging back-ups from related companies including Shimane Prefecture government and organizations. The Iwami Kagura Naniwakan has taken a big step toward realization.
Nurturing the next generation and to the world
We want to make it easy for you and the rest of the world to feel the traditional and wonderful performing arts of Japan! That feeling and memory will never change.
And I believe that Osaka is a place that will make golbal perspectives come true. In addition to the sound management of the facility, “Naniwa Juku” is annexed as a training institution for traditional performing arts. I hope that this institution will be shared with as many people as possible, not just in Japan, and that this facility will be useful from the perspective of cultural conservation, and that it will continue to carry on its mission in the future.