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Traditional Culture Programs /
Approaching Tokyo Tradition

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Four projects with charm of Japanese traditional
culture and performing arts
Various events for adults, children and foreign visitors

01FestivalsFestivals for numerous people to casually enjoy traditional cultures, transmitting the charm of traditional cultures seeking the uniqueness and variety of Tokyo.

Program
Kagurazaka Street Stage O-edo Tour 2020 - Japanese Traditional Culture Festival
Venue
Kagurazaka area
Date
May 9 (Sat) - 10 (Sun), 2020
PostponedDue to the concern regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), for the safety and health for the participants and staffs, this event has been postponed until further notice on this website.
Program
Legendary Tamatebako (Treasure Box) - Tama Traditional Culture Festival 2020
Venue
Hachioji area (Nishi Hoshasen U-Road and more)
Date
May 30 (Sat) - 31 (Sun), 2020
CancelledDue to the concern regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), for the safety and health for the participants and staffs, this event has been cancelled.
Program
Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2020
Venue
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Hama-rikyu Gardens
Date
October 3 (Sat) - 4 (Sun), 2020 at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
October 17 (Sat) - 18 (Sun), 2020 at Hama-rikyu Gardens
CancelledDue to the concern regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and due to the safety and health for the participants and staffs, we have announced to cancel “Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2020”.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and kindly ask for your understanding. (2020.07.21)
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02Traditional Performing Arts ProgramsPrograms with contents that implement authentic traditional performances in easy to understand formats for youths and foreign visitors who are unfamiliar with Japanese traditional culture and arts.

Program
Echoing Words Body Part2 Living in the Moment -Dance & Life Emerging Here and Now-
Venue
National Theatre Large Theatre
Date
May 23 (Sat), 24 (Sun), 2019
CancelledDue to the concern regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), for the safety and health for the participants and staffs, this event has been cancelled. Please see the official website of National Theater for ticket refund.
Photo: Yoji Yokoi
Program
Oedo Vaudeville Show and Traditional Geisha Dances Ⅹ
Venue
Venue throughout Tokyo    Meijiza Theater
Date
One day in June 2020    March 28 (Sun), 2021
RescheduledDue to concerns over the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and in consideration of the health and safety of participants and staff members, we have decided to reschedule this program initially scheduled in June 2020 for Sunday, March 28 2021 at Meijiza Theater. Details will be announced on this website around September.
Please note that the program might be cancelled depending on decisions, orders, etc. by the Japanese and Tokyo Metropolitan Government. (07/13/2020)


CancelledDue to the concern regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), for the safety and health for the participants and staffs, this event has been cancelled. (04/20/2020)
Image is for illustration purposes.
Program
The Essence of Japanese Tradtitional Performing Arts
Venue
National Theatre Large Theatre
Date
August 1 (Sat), 2 (Sun), 2020
CancelledDue to the concern regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19), for the safety and health for the participants and staffs, this event has been cancelled.
Program
Japanese Spirit "Gin-ei and Ken-Shibu"
Venue
National Theatre (Large Theatre)
Date
August 19 (Wed), 2020
CancelledDue to the concern of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), for the safety and health for the participants and staffs, this event has been cancelled.
Program
21st Tama River Basin Folk Performance Festival
Venue
Komae Ecorma Hall
Date
December 6 (Sun), 2020
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03Programs for Foreign VisitorsTwo kinds of programs for foreign visitors etc., one to casually experience Japanese traditional culture and performing arts such as at sightseeing spots in Tokyo, and the other that combines the experiential learning and play appreciation.

Short-term Experience Programs

Program
Japanese dance workshop
Venue
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center 6F
Date
Every Sunday from April 2020 to March 2021
*There are some exceptions
SuspendedDue to outbreak of COVID-19, this program has been suspended until further notice.
Program
Engei
Venue
Edo-Tokyo Museum 5F permanent exhibition area
Date
Every Saturday from April 2020 to March 2021
*December 26, 2020, January 2, 2021 is excluded.
SuspendedDue to outbreak of COVID-19, this program has been suspended until further notice.
Program
Nagauta Shamisen workshop
Venue
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center 6F
Date
May 24, June 28, July 26, August 23, September 27, October 25, 2020
SuspendedDue to outbreak of COVID-19, this program has been suspended until further notice.
Program
Shishimai (Lion dance), Kyokugei (Traditional acrobatics), Traditional Japanese Craft
Venue
TAKAO 599 MUSEUM
Date
May 16 (Sat) - 17 (Sun), 2020
CancelledDueDue to the concern regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), for the safety and health for the participants and staffs, this program has been cancelled.

PostponedDue to outbreak of COVID-19, this event is postponed. A rescheduled date will be announced on this website later.
Program
Kimono dressing and Traditional Japanese Craft
Venue
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
Date
October 3 (Sat) - 4 (Sun), 2020
CancelledDue to the concern regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), for the safety and health for the participants and staffs, this program has been cancelled.
Program
Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement), Kimono dressing and Traditional Japanese Craft
Venue
Hama-rikyu Gardens
Date
October 17 (Sat) - 18 (Sun), 2020
CancelledDue to the concern regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), for the safety and health for the participants and staffs, this program has been cancelled.

Experience and Appreciation Program

Noh "Tomoe"
Photo: Maejima Photo Studio
Program
Noh Theatre in the Garden -Vibrant movement within Traditional Japanese beauty under the early autumn sky-
Venue
Gardens of Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum (outdoors)
※In the event of rain, scheduled to be held at Kita Noh Theatre
Date
October 9 (Fri) and 10 (Sat), 2020
CancelledDue to the concern of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), for the safety and health for the participants and staffs, this event has been cancelled.

The further information for other experience programs will be announced on this website.

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04Kids ProgramsExperiential programs at schools and programs that combine coaching at Noh theater, etc. for several months and achievement presentations, for children to learn Japanese traditional culture and performing arts.

Program
Traditional Culture and Performing Arts Experience Program for Kids
Venue
Elementary, Junior High, and High Schools, Compulsory Education Schools, Secondary Schools, Special Needs Schools, and International Schools that are accredited as schools, within the metropolis of Tokyo
Date
June, 2020 - February, 2021
September, 2020 - February, 2021
*Start time has changed
Photo: Kota Sugawara
Program
Traditional Performing Arts for Kids
Venue
Opening Ceremony: National Noh Theatre / Lesson: Umewaka Noh Theatre, Geino-kadensha, etc. / Public Performance: Hosho Noh Theater, National Theatre (Large Theatre)
Date
September, 2020 - March, 2021