What is Tokyo Traditional Arts Program?


As part of the Tokyo Culture Creation Project conducted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, we have been conducting the Tokyo Traditional Arts Program with the aim of disseminating inside and outside Japan the Japanese traditional performing arts and culture that we can present with pride and passing them down to future generations. These arts include traditional Japanese music, classical Japanese dance and the tea ceremony.

The endeavor, the first of its kind, will introduce the traditional and the modern, such as contemporary dance, street dance, together in talk show, performance and workshop.
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.

“Traditional Performing Arts for Kids” provides children with a serious opportunity to learn traditional performing arts such as Noh and Nihon buyo (dance) from first-class performers for seven months, and show the result of their efforts on a big stage.

Japanese traditional performing arts and culture 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. We will continue our efforts to disseminate Japanese culture and pass it down to future generations, by offering events in various genres where people can experience Japanese culture.

Outline of Tokyo Traditional Arts Program


Traditional Performing Arts
1. Rakugo, the Traditional Story-telling and the Traditional Dance by Geisha - Ozashiki Entertainment –
September 16, 2013 (Monday/National Holiday) / Yurakucho Asahi Hall
2. KAGURA meets JAZZ
September 20, 2013 (Friday) / Mitsukoshi Theatre
3. Breath of sound
October 5, 2013 (Saturday) / Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Main Hall
4. An Introduction to Traditional Japanese Music - Scenes from Literary Classics -
November 1, 2013 (Friday) / Bunkyo Civic Hall Sub Hall
5. Japanese Folk Performance“14th Tama River Basin Folk Performance Festival”
December 1, 2013 (Sunday) (TBD) / Komae Ecorma Hall
6. “Tradtional+” 【vol.4】 Traditional Instruments of Japan Today
December 8, 2013 (Sunday) / Spiral Hall (3rd Floor)
7. Traditional Performing Arts × Street Dance
December 14, 2013 (Saturday) / Nippori Sunny Hall
8. A Thrilling World of Traditional Performing Arts
January 12, 2014 (Sunday) / Hachioji City Art & Cultural Hall
Traditional Performing Arts for Kids
March 21 (Friday/National Holiday)/27 (Thursday)/28 (Friday), 2014 / Hosho Nohgakudo,Asakusa Public Hall
Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2013
September 28 (Saturday)/29 (Sunday), 2013 / Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum in Koganei Park
October 12 (Saturday)/13(Sunday), 2013 / Hama-rikyū Gardens


Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Culture Creation Project office
(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.

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