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Oedo Vaudeville Show and Traditional Geisha Dances IX

  • Japanese Traditional Art ,
  • Performance

Part 1 is a short version of Japanese traditional vaudeville show “Yose”.

The opening performance is “Kodan” which is a professional storytelling of traditional Japanese tales that dates back to the 17th century. Popular themes are the Japanese historical dramas such as exploits of warriors, stories of civil wars and vengeance. It once was more popular than “Rakugo”, a comic storytelling art which is very popular these days. After suffering a long period of declining popularity, it has regained its power thanks to the vibrant appearance of lady storytellers, who comprises about a half of the whole Kodan storytellers today.
ICHIRYUSAI Teiju is one of the promising young Kodan storytellers.

Next comes the “Kyokugoma”, a traditional stage act using tops. The performance of course is fun to watch, but notice also the beautiful tools, the traditional tops. They, too, are pieces of art !!

The main part of the show comes the last, the “Rakugo” performance. Rakugo is a Japanese traditional comic story-telling, reflecting the bittersweet sentiments of the common people.
YANAGIYA Kyotaro is a talented disciple of YANAGIYA Sankyo who is an expert in Ninjobanashi, or stories with sentimental, human interest.

Part 2 features beautiful traditional dances performed by geisha dancers from six entertainment districts in Tokyo. The music will be played by geisha musicians.
There will be a demonstration of “Ozashiki-asobi”, a game played with geisha in “ozashiki”, a place to hold private banquets in a traditional Japanese style.
There also will be a comic performance by “Hokan”, a professional male entertainer.

*English audio guides are available.


Guide: Seiji Kasai

Part1 Oedo Vaudeville Show
Kodan: Ichiryusai Teiju
Kyokugoma: Mimasu Monnosuke
Rakugo: Yanagiya Kyotaro
Festival music: Eri Onda group

Part2 Traditional Geisha Dance
Directed by Onoe Kikushiro
Geisha dancers and musicians from 6 entertainment districts in Tokyo,
namely Shinbashi, Akasaka, Asakusa, Kagurazaka, Yoshicho and Mukojima, and “Hokan” or a male entertainer Sakuragawa Hachiko.

*Contents and performers are subject to change without notice.


[Tickets go on sale: June 3, 2019]
S: 5,000 yen
A: 4,000 yen
A (Students): 2,000 yen
*Advance tickets have been all sold out.

Same-day ticket (3rd floor): 1,000 yen (Adults) / 500 yen (Students)
You can buy the same-day ticket at the National theatre on the day of the show on September 1st at 2pm.
Student ID cards are required to buy student tickets.

*Tax-inclusive price
*No entry for children under 6 years old.

[By Fax]
Please fill the Ticket Reservation Form from here.

[By Telephone]
– Votre Ticket Center
TEL: 03-5355-1280 (English speaking operator / weekdays 10am – 6pm)

– Ticket Pia
TEL: 0570-02-9999 (P-code:493-287, automatic operation in Japanese)

[Visit the Box Office]
National Theatre Box Office
(10am – 6pm daily, English spoken)

[Online (Services are available in Japanese only)]
– Votre Ticket Center

– Ticket Pia

– e+ Tickets

*Tickets for wheelchair accessible seats, please contact the “Vaudeville Show and Geisha Dances” administration office (03-6379-2177 (weekdays, 10am – 6pm))


“Vaudeville Show and Geisha Dances”administration office
Office hours: weekdays 10am – 6pm
TEL: 03-6379-2177
FAX: 03-5355-1278


National Theatre Large Theatre



Organized by
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Supported by and in cooperation with
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Co-produced by
Japan Arts Council (National Theatre,National Engei Hall)
Cooperated by
The Asahi Shimbun Company