On the salt day (January 11th, 2020), we held an art music event called “Sio (=salt) Town” in a digital shrine in Akihabara. This event was held for purification, inviting the guests of two singers, a video jockey, and a balloon artist.
Salt has a long history in Japan. As well as being used for sterilization, it is also used to get rid of impurity. This is said to come from the religion of “Shinto”, the way of gods. The importance of purification for Japanese people can be read in “Kojiki”, the records of ancient matters.
The first to performance was Mikan, the female singer song writer.
“Aki no nioi” Mikan
“Koi suru fortune cookie” AKB48
She has videos of song covers on her Twitter, so check it out!
Kaori Hoshino was up next to sing.
It has only been a year since she stared the guitar even though she makes original songs.
“Boku ha kemokemo” original [on sale]
Theme of “Pot” [Improvisation with the audience]
Theme of “Snow” [Improvisation with the audience]
“sasurai story” original
She had the audience decide the theme and play the guitar on her improvisation performance.
Akinari Watanabe was the visual jockey staging the background of the singers for the day.
He matches his performance with the songs and lyrics, coloring the space.
The audience being warm hearted by the songs and the colors didn’t know what was coming behind them…
Mitsuhiro Ikebe is the balloon artist of the giant evil god in a shape of a slug.
He is also an actor and a magician who can get all six sides of a Rubik Cube while introducing himself.
The taxi dropped off tons of balloons at the place and Mitsuhiro started building up the balloons to the shape of a slug. The evil god was shaped as a slug for this event because slugs are known to shrink when salted. The slug he made was popped by gloves with thumbtack, but this promised a year of the audience’s heath.
This event closed by defeating the giant slug and making our wishes.
It was a great success.
To make a sacred space on stage, see everyone make their wishes, we had a delightful time.
We thank you so much for coming!
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