There are a variety of traditional cultures and performing arts in Japan which we can present to the world with pride, such as Noh, Bunraku, Kabuki, traditional Japanese music, the tea ceremony and flower arrangement. They are important assets that have been nurtured over a long period of time by the Japanese people, who observed nature, lived with nature and valued harmony between people. It is the duty of those who live in the present day to pass on to future generations our various traditions along with the “way to live with nature” and the “spirit of harmony” which underlie Japanese traditions. However, children who are the future of our society have few chances to experience the fascination of traditional culture.
It is in this context that the Tokyo Traditional Arts Program was started as part of the Tokyo Culture Creation Project, as a program where everybody can join and find something to enjoy. The program promotes understanding of the fascination of Japanese traditional culture and performing arts in Japan and elsewhere, in order to popularize and revitalize them.
In addition to the “Traditional Performing Arts” offered last year, “Traditional Performing Arts for Kids” and the “Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony” were added to the program this year, making the program rich in variety. “Traditional Performing Arts for Kids” provides children with a serious opportunity to learn traditional performing arts such as Noh plays and classical Japanese dance from first-class performers for seven months, and show the result of their efforts on a proper traditional Japanese stage. The “Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony” is designed to provide an opportunity for the citizens of Tokyo as well as tourists visiting the Tokyo area from abroad and other parts of Japan to enjoy Japanese culture and traditional tea culture.
The theme of our second “Traditional Performing Arts” is “Voice: Storytelling and Chant.” The event offers a wide variety of programs, including Noh play and traditional Japanese music “Four Seasons of SUDA” where accomplished artists perform under the theme of the “Sumida River,” a river cherished by ordinary people as a place for relaxation and recreation since the Edo period. Other programs offered include: An “Introductory Workshop on Traditional Japanese Music” where the participants can experience and enjoy traditional Japanese music; Tendai Shomyo Chant “Toke Tokubutsu”; Japanese Folk Performance “Life and Festivals of Tokyo/Edo Part 2”; and a form of traditional Japanese music known as “Kiyomoto,” to be performed by two schools of Kiyomoto music which were once a single school but which will now costar for the first time in 88 years.
In the modern world, the conditions for a city to develop lie not only in convenience but also in a rich culture and environment, diverse values and attractions. The Tokyo Traditional Arts Program is a project to work towards a bright future, which passes on Japanese traditions as well as promoting Tokyo as a “city which nurtures the arts and culture” around the world.
The Project’s activities include organization of events in the fields of theater, music, traditional performing arts, and fine art, among others; facilitation of collaborative art programs between residents of Tokyo and artists; and operation of programs to provide children with the opportunity to experience arts and culture.
- Tokyo Traditional Performing Arts Festival
- Program period
- From August ,2010 to March, 2011
- Application period
- From Thursday, July 1 to Saturday, July 31, 2010
- Trial Classes/Visit
- Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25, 2010 at Geinokadensha (Shinjuku)
- Opening ceremony
- Saturday, September 4, 2010 at National Noh Theatre
Traditional Performing ArtsHosted performances
1, Workshop "Wonderland of Traditional Japanese Music"Co-hosted performances
Friday, August 20- Sunday, August 22,2010 / Suitengu Pit
2, Noh and Traditional Japanese Music "Four Seasons of SUDA"
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 / Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space (Medium Hall)
1, Traditional Japanese Music [Essence of Art] "Kiyomoto - Two pure streams into one fount -"
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 / National Theatre (Large Theatre)
2, Traditional Japanese Music "Risogaku"
Saturday, September 4, 2010 / National Theatre (Large Theatre)
3, Tendai Shomyo Chant "Toke Tokubutsu"
Saturday, September 25, 2010 / National Theatre (Large Theatre)
4, Japanese Folk Performance "Life and Festivals of Tokyo/Edo Part 2 Playacting and Storytelling - Entertainment of Ordinary People -"
Saturday, October 9, 2010 / National Theatre (Small Theatre)
Sunday, October 10 and Monday (holiday), October 11, 2010
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural MuseumSaturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17, 2010
Hama Rikyu Gardens
- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the office of Tokyo Culture Creation Project (the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), the Tokyo Traditional Arts Program Executive Committee*
* Members of the Tokyo Traditional Arts Program Executive Committee:
Japan Council of Performers’ Organizations, Japan Arts Council and NHK Enterprises, Inc.