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Traditional Performing Arts for Kids
Authentic experiences cultivate children’s minds. Popular program of Japanese Performing Art Lessons.

Authenticity speaks to anyone, including children. The program provides children with lessons by first-class artists.
The artists from various genres will instruct children for seven months, with the aim of public performances on “the big stage” at the end of the program.
First and foremost,lessons given by professional artists are fun! By sharing time together with the instructors, children will naturally acquire the Japanese sensitivity and spirit of etiquette, demeanor, and way of handling things, which have been valued since hundreds of years. Performing on the big stage will help children experience the importance of having a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Performance on the same stage by children having practiced different genres will provide them with the opportunity to become aware of the diversity and depth of traditional Japanese performing arts. Every year, we have received very positive comments from those who have participated in the programs such as “I never expected traditional performing arts to be as good as it was” and “It was a precious experience.”


From Saturday, September , 3,2011 to Thursday, March 29, 2012
Application period: From Friday, July 1 to Monday, July 25

Schedule and venues

Opening ceremony:  
September 3 at the National Noh Theatre
Practice sessions:  
From September to March at 7 locations in Tokyo
March 20 at Hosho Nohgakudo / March 28 and 29 at the Asakusa Public Hall

Details (program, etc.)

18courses in 4genres:NOH(UTAI/SHIMAI-chant and dance,KYOGEN-comedy,Hayashi-flute and percussion instruments) ,NIHON BUYO-classical dance , SOKYOKU-koto music, and NAGAUTA (SHAMISEN-long necked lute,HAYASHI-flute and percussion instruments).Lesson in Japanese only.
18 sessions in each course including 16 practice sessions, 1 rehearsal and 1 performance
Elementary school, junior high school and high school students (10-12 pupils in each class).
Main members of the leading association in each genre.
[Participation fees]
10,000yen (for 18 sessions, equivalent of about 550yen per session)
* Other expenses may be required for such as lesson materials and instruments and stage garments depending on the genre.

Trial Sessions

Try some genres to pick up a course of your choice!

  • Schedule:July 16 and July 17
  • Venue:Geinokadensha(Shinjuku)
  • Participation fees: free of charge, advance reservation required

[please be noted]
 Lessons and any communication with the administrative office will be in Japanese only.

For details, please visit: (English)

Request for information package/contact

"Traditional Performing Arts for Kids" Division Office for Performing Arts Promotion,
Japan Council of Performers' Organizations (Geidankyo)
2F, Geinokadensha, 6-12-30, Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-8374
Phone: 03 5909 3060 Fax: 03 5909 3061 Email:
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