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Hokusai Music Expo

  • Kids / Youth ,
  • Art Project ,
  • Workshop

This year marks the third year for Hokusai Music Expo, a hands-on music experience program for children. It was started with the aim of giving children the opportunity to have direct contact with musical instruments and music new to them, and encouraging their curiosity. Hokusai Music Expo offers a diverse program of hands-on experiences and live events featuring guest performers and instructors, including a program in which participating elementary school children chosen through an application process undergo a period of practice leading up to a performance. Adults as well as children can enjoy these programs, so please come along.

What is Hokusai Music Expo?
Founded on respect for the world-famous Katsushika Hokusai, the Hokusai Music Expo is a music program in which children from areas surrounding Sumida-ku (Hokusai’s birthplace) experience the euphony of instruments from around the world, learn about their history and go on to perform in concert after a practice period. By early direct contact with music and the sound of instruments from all over the world, children get a feeling for these places. The hope is that these children keep hold of their curiosity, and before long spread their wings like Katsushika Hokusai and go on to have global impact.

* Please refer to the flyer or website for venue maps and timetables.


Gidayu (traditional puppet theater music) performance
Ukulele performance open to spontaneous audience participation
Steelpan performance and live concert
Ukulele performance

Experience programs

Sumo exercises
Family crest-making, newspaper reporter experience, musical instrument-making, notebook-making
Samba costume experience
Bateria (samba percussion band) experience and parade
Steelpan experience
Poetry-writing experience
Ukulele experience
Gidayu experience and live concert
Sumojinku traditional sumo song presentation


Free (No reservation required)
*Some experience programs and food/drink are subject to fees.


  • Events to be held rain or shine. In the event of stormy weather the program will be canceled. In the event of uncertain weather conditions, we will give notice on the official website (Japanese) as to whether the event will be held or not.
  • The musical instrument-making program costs from 300 yen, the notebook-making program costs from 500 yen. Food and drink are extra.
  • Numbered tickets are required for some experience programs.
  • Some experience programs will end when supplies run out.
  • There is no parking availability. Please be aware of and plan accordingly for limited parking spaces.
  • The advertised program may be subject to alterations.


Topping East office
TEL: 080-9671-7507(11:00-18:00)


Ekoin (2-8-10 Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)



Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo(Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Topping East (NPO)
Sponsored by
The Tokyo Higashi Shinkin Bank, J:COM Sumida,/Taito, Kokugikan-dori Shopping Street、Ekoin
Supported by
Sumida City Board of Education, Sumida Tourism Office
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