Engei (Japanese traditional entertainment) in Edo-Tokyo Museum

Wazuma, Kamikiri and Kyokugei

  • Japanese Traditional Art ,
  • Workshop

There are three programs, Wazuma, Kyokugei and Paper cutting.
Please note that program changes depending on the day.
*The program contents may be subject to change.

Wazuma(traditional magic)

Wazuma is traditional magic that has been handed down from 400 years ago. This magic was extremely popular among the masses in the Edo period. An instructor will explain the brief history of wazuma while providing you the opportunity to try it out.

Schedule from April through June
April 8, May 6, June 17

Kamikiri(paper cutting)

Kamikiri is traditional Japanese paper cutting. Kamikiri is an improvised art which a performer creates only by a sheet of paper and scissors, according to audience’s requests.In this program, you will cut the paper based on some themes.You can take the paper cutout home after you finish it.

Schedule from April through June
April 22, May 13, June 3

Kyokugei(traditional acrobatics)

Kyokugei is a traditional Japanese acrobatics. You can see the kasamawashi performance which means rotating an umbrella with some objects, as well as gokai-jawan, using a long rod to support some objects on top of the rod. In Japan, the kasamawashi is particularly popular and also believed to be very auspicious. You can try performances such as kasamawashi and kamitate (a part of gokai-jawan).

Schedule from April through June
April 15, 29, May 20, 27, June 10, 24

Participation fee

*Admission fee is charged for permanent exhibition.


Tokyo Tradition Office, Arts Council Tokyo  
TEL: 03-5428-3655(10:00-18:00)


Edo-Tokyo Museum 5F permanent exhibition area


Organized by
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Supported by and in Cooperation with
Tokyo Metropolitan Government  
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