The 'Gitah Bunkakan', as it is known in Japanese, is a small concert hall and museum of guitars and other related instruments. Located 'over the mountain' in Yasato Machi, Palacio De La Guitarra is about a 40 minute drive from downtown Tsukuba.
Open only on weekends and during holiday periods such as Golden Week, the 'palace' offers several interesting concerts every year. The upcoming May concert features Bossa Nova from Brazil, a trio of two guitarists and a singer named, appropriately, 'Wilma Bossa Nova'. The concert is on Sunday, May 24 at 4 pm, with doors opening at 3:30. Songs such as 'The Girl From Ipanema' will be featured.
Other upcoming concerts include: June 28, 4 pm, Jiro Yoshikawa Flamenco Recital; July 26, 4 pm, Minoru Yoshizawa and Aki Iida Concert for guitar and recorder; Aug 30, 4 pm, The Cuenca Brothers Concert (Fancisco on guitar and Jose Manuel on piano); Oct. 11, 4 pm, Wolfgang Lendle Guitar Recital; Oct. 31, 6 pm, Nov. 1, 4 pm, Kiyoshi Hasegawa Concert; Nov. 22, 4 pm, Oscar Roberto Casares Guitar Recital; and Dec. 6, 4 pm, Los Tres Amigos Folklore Concert (El Condor Pasa). All concerts are 3000 yen.
There are also mini concerts every day the hall is open and cost 500 yen for admission. The times for these 15 minute or so concerts are 11 am, 2 pm and 4 pm (except on regular concert days), and provide very pleasurable listening in a small, domed hall with excellent acoustics. For more information, call Palacio De La Guitarra 0299-46-2457, or call the Alien Times for directions in English. web page site: http://www.guitar.or.jp/palacio/index.html
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