Social Programs (Tentative)

Don’t miss the following exciting programs of social events.

Welcome Reception

Date: Sunday, July 14, 2019
Gathering Time: 17:00
Venue: The Hiroshima City Bunka Koryu Kaikan
(Adjacent to Aster plaza conference site)
The Hiroshima City Bunka Koryu Kaikan website
3-3 kako-machi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Japan
TEL: +81(0)82-243-8881
567-5 2min. from the conference site by your own foot.

Opening Word

Date: Monday, July 15, 2019
Time: 9:00-10:30
Venue: Aster Plaza Hiroshima

Excursion & Conference Banquet

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Gathering Time: 14:40
Gathering Place: Aster Plaza
Time: 15:00-21:00
Venue: Kagura Monzen Tojimura
(It takes about 60 min. by a chartered bus.)
4627 Hongo, Midori-machi, Akiota-shi, Hiroshima, Japan
TEL: +81(0)826-54-0888
※ A village with the calming look of an old Japanese country town.

From the moment you see the Iwatoya hot spring and distinctive chimney at the entrance to Toji Village, you’ll know you’re somewhere magical. Step inside and the rows of traditional tiled roofs will make you feel like you’re in an old Japanese hot spring village.
In addition, we can enjoy performing “Kagura”as attractions in the banquet.
Kagura is Shinto ritual dance and music dedicated to the gods, and it has been continuously passed down from generation to generation at small “shrines”. Akiota City is known as important Kagura place in Hiroshima prefecture.
The Kagura team is welcome you and ready to give you enjoyable and attractive time to experience powerful music, gorgeous costume and masks of Kagura.

Story of the Kagura banquet performances:
1 Yamata no Orochi (Eight-headed giant snake):
You can just see this great performance for a short period as introduction.

2 Takiyasha-Hime:

About 1000 years ago Japanese capital was Kyoto.
Aristocrats had political power, and they had extravagant
life in Kyoto, while people in rural areas had to lead
poverty-stricken life.
A worrier with the name of Taira no Masakdo felt that
was not right and tried to establish a new land in the
eastern part of the country.
He was killed and his rebellion quashed by the Imperial army.
Kagura Takiyasha hime is a story that Masakado’ s daughter tries to avenge his father by striking down the Imperial army.

  1. Takiyasha hime is a week helpless woman, and she prays at Shinto Shrine asking the deity for giving her mystic force (sorcery) .
  2. After she was granted the knowledge of sorcery from the deity, she heads down to the eastern province and gathers many followers.
  3. Mitsukuni, commander of the Imperial army sets out to the east to defeat Takiyasha hime.
  4. Using her newly acquired sorcery, Takiyasha hime assaults the brave warrior Mitsukuni. In the end, despite her magic, she is defeated just as her father was.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

During the NTTI 2019 and BEC 2019, you can enter Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum free of charge by showing your conference name tag.