Round Two of Game Symphony Japan Pays Homage to 35 Years of Kou Shibusawa



Nihombashi Mitsukoshi welcomes you to the second of our Game Symphony Japan (GSJ) events. Following on from the first that explored the work of popular contemporary title Persona 5, this time we journey back into video game history to one of its key figures.

173_02.jpgLegendary creator and producer Koei Tecmo's Kou Shibusawa has enjoyed a 35-year career starting as a programmer on the Sharp MZ-80C with his first title Kawanakajima no Tatakai, and continuing on to cement his reputation as a programmer with too many gaming classics to count including Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Nobunaga's Ambition and Winning Post.

173_03.jpg*Kou Shibusawa

Exploring the legacy of Kou Shibusawa that saw him recognised as one of the leading lights in the Japanese gaming world at the Hajimarino Cafe you will find an important exhibition of artwork from his celebrated titles as well as a commemorative art book. Elsewhere, focusing on his masterpiece Nobunaga's Ambition, the historical background of the game is brought to life with an exhibition of genuine samurai armour and art works that represent the aesthetic principles of the world of the samurai warrior not to be missed.


The Game Symphony Japan ensemble helmed by maestro Kenichi Shimura has even been garnering attention beyond Japan, starting in Russia but now the world. As with the previous series of events focusing on Persona 5, they will be bringing the music from the games to a concert in the historic venue of our own Mitsukoshi Theater.

This GSJ concert will also be the first time in the world that the well-regarded game music from the next generation titles will be a given an orchestral arrangement, forming a centrepiece for the series of events as a whole. In parallel the Hajimarino Cafe and other restaurants throughout the store will also be expressing the game worlds through their respective themed menus.

Gathered in Nihombashi Mitsukoshi this is a chance to see, hear and taste the world of Kou Shibusawa.


GSJ Premium Week ~Vol.2~


Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Building 7F, Hajimarino Cafe and others

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September 1st to 12th

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