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Free: L’Orchestre de la Foret d’Ueno & Nakano Broadway

Hosted by the Consul of the Tokyo Music Lovers Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Mon 11 Feb 11:30 - 18:00

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L’Orchestre de la Foret d’Ueno (Ueno no mori Symphony Orchestra in Japanese), one of my favorite non-professional orchestras will play Sibelius and Rachmaninov atProtected content Taking this opportunity, after the concert, let’s visit and walk around Nakano Broadway, Japanese innovative sub-culture place so called miniature Akihabara, please see below for the details.

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11:45 Brunch / Café Session

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14:00 Concert start
16:15 Concert close
16:30 (your option) Stroll in Protected content

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Jean Sibelius – Karelia Overture
Sergei Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No 3
Jean Sibelius – Symphony No 2.

Welcome message from L’Orchestre de la Foret d’Ueno
(Ueno-no-mori Symphony Orchestra )

The orchestra had been established over 40 years ago. The number of members is almost 70, and practice every Tuesday night. Despite of limited hours for practice, we are really enjoying the wide variety of music and harmony. Having two concerts a year, with the challenging and/or our favorite classical music pieces, such as Gustav Mahler Symphony No.2 ”Resurrection” with the choir last year which was remarkably successful.

We, Ueno-no-mori Symphony Orchestra are looking forward to meeting you all at our concert soon!

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Nakano Broadway
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Nakano Broadway is a multi-story shopping complex famous for a variety of stores selling anime, manga, and popular culture goods as well as other specialty and everyday items. It is just a short walk from Nakano Station, which is only five minutes away from Shinjuku via the JR Chuo Line.

The complex was developed in Protected content , when Japan was experiencing economic growth resulting from exports. This then led to the lifestyles of Japanese people becoming rapidly Americanized. Nakano Broadway was born out of the growth wave as a leading commercial and residential complex.

Nakano Broadway started to become known by its current nickname, “Otaku Heaven,” after the collapse of the economic bubble in Protected content . But it was in Protected content the concept started to form, when a used bookstore specializing in manga began operations in the complex, in a space of just 6.6 square meters. The popularity of the shop, Mandrake, grew quickly. As old traditional stores started to decline, various other specialty shops for otaku that emulate Mandrake’s style were established.

However, not all of Nakano Broadway is part of “Otaku Heaven.” Local shops that have existed since the complex opened can be found alongside the specialty stores for otaku subculture. This idiosyncrasy is another appealing part of Nakano Broadway.

In recent years, new businesses using Bitcoin and 3D printers have set up shop in the complex, adding to its liveliness and energy. Now, Nakano Broadway can be seen as a small community with an eclectic mix of shops or as a retro, yet futuristic, labyrinth. Either way, it has achieved a strange harmony and seems to venture beyond the concept of time and space, offering a vision of the future.

We welcome you to visit Nakano Broadway; be prepared for an unforgettable experience.