• Cancelled

Legendary Tamatebako (Treasure Box) - Tama Traditional Culture Festival 2020

  • Japanese Traditional Art ,
  • Performance ,
  • Workshop
Due to the concern regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and due to the safety and health for the participants and staffs, we have announced to cancel this event.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and kindly ask for your understanding.(04/14/2020)

Many performing arts have continued to thrive in the Tama region since ancient times. Cultural exchange prospered due to traffic and trade driven by the old highways and post towns, rivers and itinerant vendors. We invite you to open the Tama region’s “treasure box” of diverse traditional culture.


Gakugeki Takaosan: The sad tale of a fair youth from Heike
Taira no Tsunemasa was a young warrior who lost his life in the Genpei War.
This performance is based on the Noh play“Tsunemasa,”which begins with a scene mourning the warrior, and features Buddhist hymn chanting from the Takao-san Yakuo-in mountainside temple. Visitors will enjoy this original Japanese cultural collaboration, the first of its sort in Japan, infused with the spirit of Japan.

Date/time: Saturday, May 30, 2020
Performance starts 12:30
Venue: Icho Hall(Hachioji City Art & Cultural Hall), main hall
Fee:1,000 yen (all seats reserved)
*Free admission for children under three years old on their parent’s or guardian’s lap. There will be a charge if a seat is required.
Performances: Noh artist Gasho Yamanaka (shite-kata principal actor, Kanze school), monks from Takao-san Yakuo-in

Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo puppet theatre × contemporary American puppetry: Stories behind the making of “AKUTAGAWA”
In conversation with Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s granddaughter, the artists discuss Japan-US collaboration and behind-the-scenes aspects to the making of “AKUTAGAWA”(to be performed on Friday May 29,in addition to performing an excerpt from the work.

Date/time: Saturday, May 30, 2020
Performance starts 14:00
Icho Hall (Hachioji City Art & Cultural Hall), small hall
Fee: 500 yen (non-reserved seats, same-day tickets only)
*Free admission for children under three years old on their parent’s or guardian’s lap. There will be a charge if a seat is required.
Appearances/performances: Mamiko Akutagawa, Koryu Nishikawa, Tom Lee, Yukio Tsuji, others

Rickshaw –A tour of the town in search of traces of history
Nishihoshasen-U-road Ave. runs diagonally to Hachioji Station through the vertical boundaries that remain along the Koshu Kaido route. Starting from next to the Yokoyamacho Post Office on the Koshu Kaido, the famous Yaen Kaido route also runs crossing the U-road Ave..
Look for traces of history in the streets and shop signs as you go on the local rickshaw tour.

Date/time: Saturday, May 30 from 10:00, 10:30, 13:30, 16:00, 16:30
Sunday, May 31 from 10:00, 10:30, 13:30, 16:00, 16:30
Venue: Nishihoshasen-U-road Ave., Kurobei-dori, others
Charge: 1,000 yen per rickshaw (2 persons per rickshaw / total of 5 rickshaws, same-day reservation only)
*to proceed in the event of light rain, and cancelled in overly inclement weather


Legendary Tamatebako Office (in Hachioji College Community & Culture Fureai Foundation)
TEL:042-621-3005 (9:00-17:00)


Area around the north exit of Hachioji Station (Nishihoshasen-U-road Ave., Misakicho Park, Nakacho Park, Yokoyamacho Park), Icho Hall


Organized by
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) , Hachioji City, Hachioji College Community & Culture Fureai Foundation
Supported by and in cooperation with
Tokyo Metropolitan Government