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An Introduction to Traditional Japanese Music - Scenes from Literary Classics - (Tokyo Traditional Arts Program)

Lecture and performance with selected pieces for "Classics Day"

  • Japanese Traditional Art ,
  • Music ,
  • Performance

November 1st is the “Classics Day” to commemorate this day. This concert introduces a variety of traditional Japanese music based on stories from classical literature pieces. A lecture by Akiko Baba, a Tanka poet and literary critic, will precede the performances, and she will also talk about how the music pieces are related to the famous Japanese stories such as the Tale of Heike (Heike Monogatari) or the Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari) which were written almost 1,000 years ago. Enjoy the traditional songs that describe the dramatic scenes and emotional subtleties of the characters accompanied by string instruments such as Shamisen, Koto and Biwa! There will be a chance for the audience to touch and play the Shamisen, Koto and Kotsuzumi(hand drum) in the workshops held in the foyer before the show.


Talk: “The charms of Traditional Performing Arts” Akiko Baba, (poet)
Koto music “Hatsune no Kyoku” Miki Hagioka (Koto)
Tokiwazu – bushi (Joruri music) “Omori Hikoshichi,” Hidemidayu Tokiwazu, (Joruri), Kikuyoshiro Tokiwazu (Shamisen), and others
Chikuzen Biwa “Nasu no Yoichi” Kyokusen Tanaka (Biwa)
Nagauta “Kishu Dojoji” Koyohide Yoshizumi (Uta), Kosayu Yoshizumi (Shamisen), Sakichi Mochizuki (Hayashi accompaniment) and others


On sale Jul 19 (Fri), 2013
2,000 yen (Adults), 1,000 yen (Students) (Reserved seats only, no entry for children under 6 years old)

eplus (e+): 0570-06-9993
e-code 031050

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Ticket Pia: 0570-02-9999
P – code 206-049


Secretariat of the Tokyo Traditional Arts Program Executive Committee

Organizers: Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Tokyo Culture Creation Project Office (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture),
Tokyo Traditional Arts Program Executive Committee


Bunkyo Civic Hall Sub Hall