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Tokyo Caravan in Akita

Artists who represent the great cultures of Tokyo, Akita and Kumamoto will meet in Akita

Tokyo Caravan is one of the cultural programs comprising the official Cultural Olympiad for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Tokyo Caravan in Akita is a two-day event to be held at Dome Theater, Akita Furusato Village on Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17, 2019.
Based on the concept of new expression created by the “cultural mingling” of a diverse array of artists, Tokyo Caravan Director Hideki Noda and artists who represent the great cultures of Tokyo, Akita and Kumamoto will gather in Akita to present two days of performances that can only be seen at this event. Additionally, in the lead-up to this event we’ll give special public access to the workshops where these performances take shape. On Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, 9, 2018 you can experience for yourself the on-the-spot creation of “cultural mingling” between the artists, and the new forms of expression it generates!
This roving cultural movement has generated a host of thrills and excitement in its travels to Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Tohoku, Kyoto, Kumamoto, Toyota and Kochi. Enjoy the trip as it makes further strides in Akita.

Public workshops

Artists who represent the great cultures of Tokyo, Akita and Kumamoto will meet in Akita, and hold creative workshops for performances to be held in February 2019. This is an unparalleled opportunity for an unrestricted look at the form these workshops take.

Date/time and venue
Saturday, December 8 2018, 13:00 – 17:00
Recital Hall, Oga City People’s Culture Hall (Kaigandori 2go-14-5, Funakawa-aza, Funakawaminato, Oga City, Akita)

Sunday, December 9 2018, 13:00 – 17:00
Kirameki Square, Akita Community-based Center ALVE
(4-1 Naka-machi, Higasi-douri, Akita City, AKita)

Free, no reservation required, unrestricted entry


The seeds of new creation developed in the workshops will flower on stage at Dome Theater, Akita Furusato Village. What will be created? What will appear? Don’t miss this “live” experience of rare and wonderful performances unique to Tokyo Caravan!

Saturday, February 16 16:30, Sunday, February 17 2019, 12:30* / 16:30
(To go ahead rain or shine/canceled in the event of stormy weather)

Dome Theater, Akita Furusato Village (62-46 Tomigasawa, Akasaka-aza, Yokote City, Akita)

Free, advance application required, to be decided by lottery if oversubscribed (capacity of around 500 persons per day)
*A few seats will be available on the day. Details will be posted on official website at a later date.

How to apply
Please send a reply-paid postcard to Akita Prefecture Cultural Affairs Division including the necessary information as set out below.
[Destination address (first half)]
Akita Prefecture Cultural Affairs Division, 3-1-1 Sanno, Akita City 010-8572
[Items to include (on first half)]
1) Applicant’s name, postal code, address, telephone number, gender and age, name of accompanying person (one person permitted)
2) Desired viewing date (February 16 or 17)
*Same program on both days
*You are unable to change your allotted seat. Please state on the postcard if you are a wheelchair user.
[Return address (return half)]
Applicant’s address, name (Please do not write anything other than the name and return address on the return half of the post card)


  • This event will be conducted in Japanese.
  • Application is limited to one date per postcard. Application is possible once per person.
  • Applicants cannot apply for both days, and cannot apply multiple times for the same day. Applicants to be decided by lottery if oversubscribed.
  • Applicants will be notified of results by reply-paid postcard in early February. Successful applicants should bring their postcards on the day.
  • Successful applications cannot be transferred or resold. Please bring identification as we may check your identity at the time of entry.
  • Any personal information you provide will not be used for purposes other than in relation to this event.

Application deadline
Applications must be arrived by Friday, January 25, 2019.

Contact regarding application
Akita Prefecture Cultural Affairs Division
TEL: 018-860-1530 (weekdays 9:00 — 17:00)

Participating artists

Hideki Noda, Haru Kuroki (actor), Kazunori Kumagai (tap dancer), CHARAN-PO-RANTAN (artist), Bisen Aoyagi (calligrapher), UJINO (contemporary artist),“Tokyo Caravan” Ensemble (Ruiko Akikusa, Shiori Ishikawa, Satoshi Kamimura, Itsuki Kawaharada, Ayaka Kondo, Mayu Suetomi, Hanano Teshirogi, Natsuko, Ayako Fukushima, Yuta Matoba, Tomohiro Yoshida), Akita City Kanto Association, Ogano Namahage, Umewaka Asano II, Yamaga Tourou Dance

Participating creators
Kohei Nawa (art / spatial composition), Motoi Hattori (lighting), Marihiko Hara (music), Kozue Hibino (costume), Eri Akamatsu (hair and make-up)

*Performers and programs are subject to change without prior notice.

Live Webcast

To bring the “Tokyo Caravan in Akita” to a wider audience, the event will be carried live on the official website.


Project Coordination Division, Arts Council Tokyo,
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture


Oga City People's Culture Hall Recital Hall (12/8), Akita Community-based Center ALVE Kirameki Square(12/9), Dome Theater, Akita Furusato Village (2/16, 17)



Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Akita Prefecture, Yokote City
With the cooperation of
Kumamoto Prefectural Theater