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Youth Program

  • Japanese Traditional Art ,
  • Kids / Youth ,
  • Workshop

Designed for junior high and high school students, the Youth Program offers three courses on shamisen, koto and nihon buyo dance, each comprising 10 lessons and a public performance. Open up your future with experiences only available to you now!

Traditional performing arts abound with valuable ideas and experiences that give inspiration and strength to those who will soon go out into the world.
The Youth Program is a special course providing genuine experiences with professional performers. Designed for junior high and high school students whose lives are busy with study and after-school activities, participants attend a 10-lesson training course, leading up to an authentic stage performance.

This year’s Traditional Performing Arts for Kids will be implemented with due consideration of the number of participants and lesson length at spacious venues, with measures in place to prevent the spread of infection.

Nagauta [12. Shamisen (Youth)]

Lesson time
(Y1)10:00 – 10:45
(Y2)11:15 – 12:00

Lesson dates
*Sundays (10 days in total)
December 20,27 2020
January 10,31, February 7,21, 28, March 7 (*), 14 (*), 21, 2021

Lesson venue
Shizan Kaikan
*March 7/14 lessons will take place at Geino-Kadensha

Rehearsal / Performance
Monday, March 29 or Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Venue: National Theatre (Large Theatre)

Sankyoku [13. Sokyoku (Youth)] *Yamada school

Lesson time
14:15 – 15:00

Lesson dates
*Sundays (10 days in total)
January 10,17,24,31, February 7,14, 21, March 7,14,21, 2021

Lesson venue
Shinjuku Bunka Center

Rehearsal / Performance
Monday, March 29 or Tuesday, March 30 2021
Venue: National Theatre (Large Theatre)

Nihon Buyo dance [14. Nihon Buyo (Youth)] *Boys and girls

Lesson time
15:15 – 16:00

Lesson dates
*Sundays and public holidays (10 days in total)
January 11 (Monday, public holiday),17,24,31, February 7,21,28, March 7,14,21, 2021

Lesson venue

Rehearsal / Performance
Monday, March 29 or Tuesday, March 30 2021
Venue: National Theatre (Large Theatre)

Participants and capacity

Junior high and high school students
About 8 – 10 participants per class

Participation fee

15,000 yen

*Additional costs: about 10,000 to 20,000 yen (covers purchase of/usage fees for teaching materials, musical instruments, stage costumes, etc.) Costs vary depending on the course. Detailed information will be provided in the “Course Procedure Guidelines” sent to prospective participants.
*Your participation fee cannot be refunded if you decline or cancel participation after paying the fee via bank transfer. Measures in case of suspension of this program due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be shown separately to prospective participants. Thank you for your understanding.

Conditions for participation

  1. Should be able to attend all lessons. However, due to unavoidable circumstances, please contact us.
  2. Must be able to attend the rehearsal and performance
  3. Must be able to cooperate in publicity activities related to the project, including:
    *Press coverage/photography/filming for news reports, documentation and publicity carried out by the organizer and individuals/groups recognized by this organizer.
    *Publication/broadcast of limited personal information and photos/video footage in media outlets created and released in relation to this project (including TV, newspapers, magazines, the internet, SNS and DVDs).
    *In principle, participants will be informed in advance when an activity receives media coverage.
  4. Please note that photos of participants in this project may be provided through online photo service. (Viewing and downloading are limited to the participants only.)


How to apply
Please apply in one of the following three ways.
*In Japanese only

  • Website
    Use the application form on the official website.
  • E-mail:
    In the body of your e-mail, include the information requested on the Application form [Traditional Performing Arts for Kids flyer]. Send the e-mail to the above address.
  • FAX
    Fill out the Application form [Traditional Performing Arts for Kids flyer] and send it to the above fax number, making sure you include your fax number.

Application period
Tuesday, September 1 – Wednesday, September 30 2020
*Application must be received by Wednesday, September 30.

*Participants will be decided by lottery in the case of over-subscription.
*All applicants will be notified of results by the method of communication they used to apply. (In the case of mobile phone text messaging, we can only notify participants if their devices can support long messages).

Program procedure

  1. Application: Deadline Wednesday, September 30
    →Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of application(there will be an automatic reply from our website)
  2. Notification of results: We will inform all applicants around Tuesday, October 13.
    →Prospective participants will receive the “Course Procedure Guidelines” by the same method of communication they used to apply.
  3. Participation procedure: Applicants will receive a “Certificate of Participation” when they return the form and pay the participation fee (via bank transfer) by Tuesday, October 20
    (If the payment date is missed, the offer will become invalid. An additional lottery will then be held among the unsuccessful candidates).
    →Participants will receive a “Lesson Notebook” that we ask parents and children to look over together.
  4. Lessons: Participants will take lessons from December through March with professional performers as their instructors.
  5. Public performance: Monday, March 29 or Tuesday, March 30 2021(National Theatre (Large Theatre)


  • Program details are subject to change or cancellation due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), natural disasters, etc.
  • Lesson times cannot be specified.
  • Only one application is valid per participant. Applicants may not participate in multiple courses.
  • If the number of first choice applicants exceeds capacity for any of the courses, participants will be decided by lottery among first choice applicants only.
  • If the number of participants for any of the courses is less than the prescribed number, we may not offer those courses.
  • During the program period, you can contact the organizer’s office by e-mail/text messaging via mobile phones able to support long messages/fax. We are unable to respond to any communication by post.
  • Depending on circumstances such as frequent absenteeism and lateness, participants may be asked to leave the program at the discretion of the instructor.
  • If there is any negligent handling of musical instruments/apparatus, participants will be responsible for the costs of repair.
  • Program organizers shall not be held liable for accidents or such like that may occur on the way to and from lesson venues or performance venues.


Traditional Performing Arts for Kids Office in Japan Council of Performers Rights & Performing Arts Organizations (Geidankyo)
TEL: 03-5909-3060 (weekdays 10:00 – 18:00 *Business hours may be reduced depending on circumstances)
FAX: 03-5909-3061 



Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Japan Council of Performers Rights & Performing Arts Organizations (Geidankyo)
Co-organized by
The Shinjuku Foundation for Creation of Future, Higashimurayama City Board of Education, Tachikawa Community & Culture Foundation
Production Cooperation by
The Nohgaku Performers' Association, The Japanese Classical Dance Association, Nihon Sankyoku Association, Nagauta Association
Supported by
Shinjuku City, Tachikawa City Board of Education
Sponsored by
Japan Arts Council
Cooperated by
Umewaka-kai, Hosho-kai, Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation