“Festival Fukushima! @Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park”
Direction: PROJECT FUKUSHIMA! + Seinoshin Yamagishi
October 31st, November 1st
VenueIkebukuro Nishiguchi Park
Dates10/31 (Sat) 15:00-20:00
11/1 (Sun) 13:00-18:00
Continues in case of rain. Cancelled in case of storm.

Festival Fukushima!
Festival Fukushima!

Music and dance weaving new connections from Fukushima

Following its triumph in Tokyo as the opening work of Festival/Tokyo 2014, “Festival Fukushima! @Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park” returns to the city with its unique dose of free folk culture, music, and dance. From the giant and colorful sheet laid out on the ground of the park, made from materials collected all over Japan, to the team of special Bon dancers wearing vibrant costumes and a Bon dance song created out of Ikebukuro-inspired lyrics, this is an energetic celebration of local culture and accessibility through music and dance. PROJECT FUKUSHIMA! started in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami with the aim of bringing a more positive image to Fukushima again. Its festival events have since spread throughout Japan, creating new connections, encounters, and possibilities everywhere they appear.



Artist Profile

Project Fukushima!


Founded by musicians Michiro Endo and Otomo Yoshihide, and poet Ryoichi Wago after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 to tell the world about Fukushima’s present and future in a positive way. Every August it organizes “Festival Fukushima!” in the prefecture and the event has also been held in other areas around Japan. As it enters its fifth year, the group continues to expand its membership and has led to independent activities in other regions. Seinoshin Yamagishi became the new director in 2015.

Project Fukushima!

Seinoshin Yamagishi

Representative & Director of PROJECT FUKUSHIMA!

Born in 1974 in Fukushima City. He studied media art at university and has exhibited art both in Japan and internationally. He also works as a TV producer. He has been participating in PROJECT FUKUSHIMA! ever since it was founded in 2011 and became the sole representative in 2015. In 2011, he filmed a documentary for NHK about the process of making the original “Festival Fukushima!” event. Based in Kamakura since 2006, he established the creative team ROOT CULTURE with local friends, working to promote regional resources and culture.

Cast & Creative Team

Direction:PROJECT FUKUSHIMA! + Seinoshin Yamagishi
PROJECT FUKUSHIMA! Design Department:Tohru Nakazaki, Cohta Asano, Chiaki Sakaguchi, Akiko Koike
PROJECT FUKUSHIMA! Office: Akiko Tomiyama, Shoichiro Mori, Yuki Numata
Participating Artists:Otomo Yoshihide, Michiro Endo, Jun Nagami, Akihiro Okachi, Strange Kinoko Dance Company, others
Sound:Yoshiaki Kondoh (GOK Sound)
Lighting:LEVEL☆G CO., Ltd
Electrical Power:R. Biru Maintenance
Stall Co-ordination:Office Tanaka
Construction:Duskin Rent-All Shinjukutoshin Event Center
Operation, Production (Stage):infusiondesign
Stage Manager:Yo Takano
Photography:Ryosuke Kikuchi
Video Documentation:Daisuke Yamashiro
Production Support:Keizo Maeda
Bon Dance Team Support:Owlspot (Toshima Future Culture Foundation), Sumida River Art Project Executive Committee, Sugamojizou-dori Shopping Center Promotion Association, Ohtsuka Awa Odori Executive Committee
Happi-Makers Support:Coudre
Production Co-ordination:Mayuko Arakawa, Yumiko Okazaki, Takako Yokoi, Orie Kiyuna
Presented byFestival/Tokyo