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Tokyo Caravan in Hokkaido

To 2020 and beyond! The seeds of new creation set to flower in Hokkaido

Spearheaded by playwright director and actor Hideki Noda, Tokyo Caravan has continued to develop performances all over the country based on new and unique forms of expression. A diverse array of artists across languages, borders and artistic genres are invited to participate, creating a “mingling of cultures” between expressive artists and performers whose paths have mostly never crossed before.

Tokyo Caravan in Hokkaido features for the first time performer Kaela Kimura, who has a multifaceted career as a singer, fashion model, actress and more. Together with Tokyo Caravan General Supervisor Hideki Noda and “Tokyo Caravan” Ensemble, she will experience the history and culture of Hokkaido, taking part in cross-genre interaction with leading figures of local culture and a diverse array of expressive artists in spheres such as ancient Ainu dance and the performance of well-known folk song Esashi Oiwake, with the aim of developing new forms of expression.
Confirmed guests this time around include the traditional Ryukyuan dance dance troupe who took part in the Tokyo Caravan “prologue” in 2015, and masked “Oga no Namahage” demon-deity figures who appeared in Tokyo Caravan in Akita in 2018/2019.

During December we’ll give special public access to the workshops where these performances take shape. This is a great opportunity to experience for yourself the “mingling of culture” between the artists, and the new forms of expression generated. For the performance of January 2020, the seeds of creation developed in the public workshops will finally flower in the magical space of a glass pyramid.
This roving cultural movement has generated a host of thrills and excitement in its travels to Tokyo, Rio De Janeiro, Tohoku, Kyoto, Kumamoto, Toyota, Kochi, Akita, Iwaki, Saitama, Toyama and Okayama. Enjoy the trip as it makes further strides in Hokkaido!

Public workshops

Artists who represent the great cultures of Tokyo, Hokkaido, Okinawa and Akita will meet and hold creative workshops for performances to be held in January 2020. This is an unparalleled opportunity for an unrestricted look at the form these workshops take.

Date/time and venue:
Saturday, December 21, 2019, 13:30 – 17:00
Shiraoi Chuo Kominkan community center (Honcho 1-1-1, Shiraoicho, Shiraoi District, Hokkaido)
Sunday, December 22, 2019, 11:00 – 17:00
Sapporo Factory Hall (3, Kita-2-johigashi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido)

Free, no reservation required.
*Anyone may participate. If you are in a wheelchair, please speak to staff.


The seeds of new creation developed in the workshops will flower in the magical space of a glass pyramid. What will be created? What will appear? Don’t miss this “live” experience of rare and wonderful performances unique to Tokyo Caravan!

Date/time: Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12 2020, 12:30/16:30
Venue: Glass pyramid, Moerenuma Park (1-1 Moerenuma-koen, Higashi-ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido)
Free, reservation required. To be decided by lottery if oversubscribed (capacity of around 200 persons per performance)

How to apply

【Application by reply-paid postcard】
[Destination address (first half)]
Culture Promotion Division, Bureau of Culture, Department of Environment and Lifestyle, Hokkaido Government, Kita 3-jo Nishi 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, 060-8588

[Items to include (on first half)]
1) Applicant’s name, 2) Postal code, 3) Address, 4) Telephone number, 5) Name of accompanying person (one person permitted), 6) Preferred date (1 performance only), 7) Preferred seat type: box (floor) seats or chair, 8) 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)

[Notification of results]
Applicants will be notified of results by reply-paid postcard by the end of December. Successful applicants should bring their return postcards on the day.

【Application by form on official website】
[How to apply]
Complete and submit the required items on the application form here.
* An automatic reply e-mail will be sent to confirm details once your application has been accepted. Please set your devices to allow e-mails from (

[Notification of results]
Applicants will be notified of results by e-mail by the end of December. Successful applicants should print out the e-mail contents, or present the e-mail screen at reception on their mobile phone or other device.


  • The program is the same for all performances.
    Application is limited to one performance per person. Applications shall become invalid if multiple applications are confirmed. Even if duplicate applications are made via both reply-paid postcard and online, either one will be qualified for lottery.
  • Seating cannot be specified or changed.
  • 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 period
Friday, November 1 – Monday, December 23, 2019 (mail applications must arrive by this date)
*Online applications via the website must be received by 24:00 on Monday, December 23

Participating artists

Hideki Noda, Kaela Kimura (artist), “Tokyo Caravan” Ensemble (Shiori Ishikawa, Satoshi Kamimura, Itsuki Kawaharada, Ayaka Kondo, Mayu Suetomi, Hanano Teshirogi, Ayako Fukushima, Yuta Matoba, Tomohiro Yoshida), Noriyuki Sawa (puppeteer), Ainu Association of Hokkaido (ancient Ainu dance),Riley Taj (Esashi Oiwake), Ryukyuan Dance (Tachikata actors/dancers: Osamu Aka, Yoshikazu Sanabe, Nobuaki Ohama, Takumi Tamaki, Jiutai chorus/music: Kazuki Tamashiro, Nobukazu Wada), Oga no Namahage, others

Participating creators
Motoi Hattori (lighting), Marihiko Hara (music), Kozue Hibino (costume), Eri Akamatsu (hair and make-up), Kishin Shinoyama (photography), others

Tokyo Caravan General Supervisor
Hideki Noda (playwright, director, actor)

*Performers, programs etc. are subject to change without prior notice.

Live Webcast

To bring the “Tokyo Caravan in Hokkaido” 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


Shiraoi Chuo Kominkan community center, Sapporo Factory Hall, Glass pyramid, Moerenuma Park



Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Hokkaido
Cooperated by
Hokkaido Butaijuku Executive Committee (Hokkaido Arts Foundation, Hokkaido)