Information in English "Sumida River Storm and Urge” Spring Season


<Event Outline>

Title: Sumida River Storm and Urge


Spring Season: Saturday, May 22nd and Sunday, May 23rd, 2021
Summer Season: mid-August to early September 2021 (TBC). Details will be announced later.

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Spring Season programs

●Hama-rikyu Ambient (Shuta Hasunuma)

6:30PM-8PM, Saturday, May 22nd

In case of rain, the performance will start earlier. To be announced at 12 noon, May 21st, the day before the event.


●Carrying the Words Across (Seiko Ito and others)

3PM-6PM, Sunday, May 23rd


●ELECTRONICOS FANTASTICOS! “All Electronics Are Brothers”(Ei Wada + Nicos Orchest-Lab)

6PM-7:30PM, Sunday, May 23rd



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【About Sumida River Storm and Urge】

A music and art festival that uses Sumida River as its stage. The festival will feature live music, performances, and installations by leading Japanese artists, and will be held in two seasons, “Spring” and “Summer.”

Reflecting on the splendor of Edo, the former name of Tokyo about 200 years ago, and with respect for the long history of this region, the festival depicts people mixing like “Storm and Urge” through artistic expressions.


【About Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL】

Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL is an initiative that unfolds a variety of cultural programs in the run-up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games held in Tokyo, promoting its appeal as a city of arts and culture.


【About Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13】

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Arts Council Tokyo sought a wide range of creative and innovative ideas from the public for projects that would become the core of the cultural programs for the Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL. From a total of 2,436 project proposals submitted from within Japan and overseas, 13 were selected for implementation. The 13 projects are collectively named “Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13,” and are being implemented in sequence.

Information in English

Program: Hama-rikyu Ambient
Artists: Shuta Hasunuma, Shuta Ishidsuka, itoken, Yoshio Ootani, Yu Ojima, Toshihiko Kasai, K-Ta, Utena Kobayashi, Tomohiko Gondo, Ryosuke Saito, Hiroki Chiba, Eriko Teshima, Chiaki Miura, Natsumi Miyaji, Sayaka Osaki, Fumiya Otonashi, Manami Kakudo, Saho Terao


Date and time: 6:30PM-8PM, Saturday, May 22nd, 2021
In case of rain, the performance will start earlier. To be announced at 12 noon, May 21st, the day before the event.
Venue: Hama-rikyu Gardens [No audience].
Free live streaming (no registration necessary)


The orchestra led by Shuta Hasunuma, “Shuta Hasunuma Philharmonic Orchestra,” will present a one-night-only outdoor concert to be streamed live in the garden with a new piece on the theme of waka poetry for this performance.

The Hama-rikyu Gardens have a long history, having served as a palace for the Tokugawa Shoguns and a detached palace administrated by The Imperial Household Agency, and are now open to the public as a Tokyo Metropolitan garden.

Shuta Hasunuma, who has colored many spaces with his light and spacious music, will create an ambient space that transcends space and time in one of Tokyo’s best gardens.

Information in English

Program: Passing the Words
Main Artist:Seiko Ito
Artists: Kanie Naha, Kawagoe Cipher, Kurunchu from MAD City, GOMESS, Shinbashi Cipher, Shinpeita, SECRET COLORS, Shou U Tanaka, Dr. Makidashi, Namichie, Setsuko Miyao


Date and time:3PM-6PM, Sunday, May 23rd, 2021
Venue: MURASAKI PARK TOKYO [No audience]
Free live streaming (no registration necessary)


The river is symbolic as a boundary. The fire across the river. The other shore and this shore. In this age of fragmentation, this program aims to use words to “carry people across” boundaries.

The first half ( 3PM-5PM ) of the program features the workshop by Kanie Naha, Setsuko Miyao, and Shinpeita. The second half (5PM-6PM) of the program will be a dream feast of words by Seiko Ito and other wizards of words who are active at the forefront of the Japanese language, to be streamed live.

Information in English

Program: ELECTRONICOS FANTASTICOS! “All Electronics Are Brothers”
Artist: Ei Wada + Nicos Orchest-Lab


Date and time:6PM-7:30PM, Sunday, May 23rd, 2021
Venue: MURASAKI PARK TOKYO [No audience]
Free live streaming (no registration necessary)


This project, led by artist Ei Wada, involves people from all walks of life to electronically hack disused electrical appliances and revive them as new musical instruments, with the aim of creating an orchestra. This project, which was born six years ago on the banks of the Sumida River, is currently being carried out by <Nicos Orchest-Lab> teams in Tokyo, Hitachi, and Kyoto, involving a wide variety of people.

On the day of the event, there will be a band performance using home appliance instruments that have been created so far, as well as new works such as instruments that use power generation mechanisms and instruments that use skateboards.