Monday, August 20, 2007

Harmony Hall, Nasushiobara, Tochigi

Map Link

Harmony Hall seems a bit out of place in Tochigi.

Its a nice performing arts building with a fairly decent program. Its well worth checking out if you live in the area.

We just went to see the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Upcoming program includes the Kodo Japanese drum group, a bunch of interesting sounding classical events including some foreign visitors and lots of more local things like the local nature societies photo display.

We normally think of Nasushiobara as being a real farmer town. Nobody dresses up for anything. But when we went to Harmony Hall to see the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra plenty of people had put on their dress up clothes and it felt (just a little bit) like we were in Tokyo for a second.
At least with our horrible Japanese its hard to make much sense of the website. Even the Google translated one. So I'd recommend just dropping by one time and you can get a pretty good idea of whats coming up. Or shooting me an email and I can tell you whats on the way.

Harmony Hall Website
Harmony Hall Website (Translated)

The hall is a very stylish concrete building. It seems to me have been very badly designed for actually getting people in and out.


owenandbenjamin said...

I think I have seen this Hall. It is definately a unique looking concrete structure. I am not really sure where Nasushiobara ends and Otawara starts but I thought it was in the main part of Otawara City.

davidfromoz said...

There's a nature photograph exhibition there this weekend. I'll take a pic of the building and post it when I am there and add it to this post.

Maybe I better find a map that has the city boundaries :-)

ps. and unrelated:
Your environment post has got me all interested in green living.

owenandbenjamin said...

Yes, I see by the map that it is the concert hall I have driven past many times. My in-laws live only a few minutes away near the highway 461 and 400.

There is a really really good ramen shop near there but I don't remember the name. I think it is farther north along that same street that the concert hall is on in a residential type area on the east side of the street.