Events

Engei

Genre:
  • Japanese Traditional Art ,
  • Workshop

Experience traditional performing arts from the Edo period in a museum

Participants can experience techniques used in a variety of performances (“kyokugei”traditional acrobatics, “kamikiri” paper cutting, and “wazuma” traditional Japanese magic) which are still popular at vaudeville shows today, with demonstrations by professional people. It also includes experience of the skillful techniques used in the auspicious art of umbrella rotating, paper craft in which simple shapes are created using only paper and scissors, and magic which has been performed since the Edo period.

Program

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 20, May 11, June 8, June 29

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 13, May 25, June 15

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 6, April 27, May 4, May 18, June 1, June 22

*The program contents may be subject to change.

Participation

Advance application not required

Admission

Free
*Admission fee is charged for permanent exhibition.

Contact

Tokyo Tradition Office, Arts Council Tokyo  
TEL: 03-5428-3655(10:00-18:00)
E-mail: info@tokyo-tradition.jp

Venues

Edo-Tokyo Museum 5F Permanent exhibition area

Flyer

Credit

Organized by
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Supported by and in cooperation with
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Supported by
RAKUGO GEIJYUTSU association