Event

Event Information

7/10

Opening Ceremony

Time
9:30 A.M. Friday, July 10th ( Salute of guns at 9:00 A.M.)
Place
Hikone Castle Museum: Noh Stage

Opening Act (Traditional Japanese Music Live by AUN J, Classical Orchestra ) , Opening remarks

7/10〜9/27

The Special Display: "Yay, Ii Naosuke"

Time
Friday, July 10th until Sunday, September 27th
Place
Hikone Castle Tenbin Yagura Tuttes(Nationally-designated Important intangible cultural property)

The charm of Naosuke's life and cultural accomplishments will be exhibited using the 3D Theater and panel display. Families with young children should enjoy visiting this exhibition and understand the life of Ii Naosuke well..

9/18〜12/23

The Special Display: "A Once in a Lifetime Encounter"

Time
Friday, September 18 until Wednesday, December 23rd
Place
Hikone Castle Sawaguchi Tamon Yagura Tuttes

There is a special display to introduce the props, clothing, and photo stills from the movie produced last year, “Zakuro Zaka no Adauchi], Vegenance on the Zakurozaka Slope”. In addition the images and panel display derived from the past TV dramas and movies depict Ii Naosuke as a human being. Naosuke's love of Japanese culture is visibly presented so that it will be meaningful to foreigners too.

9/21

Starry Sky Film Festival

Time
Monday, September 21
Place
Yonban-Chō Square

There will be an outdoor screening of NHK's long-running historical drama: Hana no Shougai.

9/19〜10/10

200th Celebration of Naosuke as a Great Figure Stamp Rally

Time
From Saturday, September 19th until Sunday, October 10th.
Place
Ginza Street

Collecting stamps around the area of Ginza Street with signs of the successive lords.

9/20

Combat Show & Gourmet Ōmi Beef Stall

Time
Sunday, September 20th
Place
Hanashōbu-Dōri

In order to truly pack a punch, young performers are invited to enact a stage combat show. A Gourmet Ōmi Beef Stall will also be open.

10/12

Ii Naosuke Picture Book Project: "Yay, Ii Naosuke"

Time
Monday, October 12: Reading Event by Celebrity
Place
Yonban-chō Dining 3rd Floor

Picture books dedicated to Ii Naosuke's achievements and character (1,000 books) will be distributed among libraries, preschools and elementary schools in Hikone City along with reading sessions for those children.
(Original Picture Book Display:10/5-10/12、Reading Sessions for elementary school children: 10/12-11/11 (tentative))

10/24〜10/25

Daimyo (Lord) Tea Ceremony, Flower Arrangement

Time
Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 (tentative)
Place
Hikone Castle Museum, Genkyūen Garden, Umoreginoya

Respecting Naosuke’s adration for tea ceremony and flower arrangement, there will be a tea ceremony and flower arrangement exhibition.

10/24〜10/25

Hikone Castle Night Tour

Time
Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 (tentative)
Place
Hikone Castle

As a Hikone Castle's Evening Event, the Castle will be open for tours during the night only on this day.

11/7

Walking Event

Time
Saturday, November 7 (tentative)
Place
Inae , Mt. Kojin Area

Throughout Inae and around Mt. Kojin a walking rally event will be held.

11/29

Commemorative event of the birth of Ii Naosuke

Time
Sunday, November 29
Place
Area in front of Hikone Castle's Main Gate

To commemorate Naosuke's 200th birthday YABUSAME (Horseback archery) will be held with a rider in warrior clothes.

TBD

Mystery Project by High School students

Time
Open September
Place
Hikone city (Website)

In order to make the 200th Celebration more enjoyable high school student groups, "Hikone Kōdōkan Academy Mystery Club" will introduce the speciality of Hikone in the way of “riddle” , by images, and on stage.

TBD

Umoreginoya (House named “Unknown”) Panel Display

Time
to be determined
Place
Umoreginoya

Panel Display shows that Ii Naosuke passed his adolescence here, dedicated to being both a good worrior and a good scholar.

12/23

Closing Ceremony

Time
Wednesday, December 23rd
Place
Hikone Castle Museum Noh Stage

Ceremony to close 167 days’ events of the festival.