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Tokyo Caravan in Komazawa 2021

General Supervisor Hideki Noda’s “traveling cultural circus” is back for the first time in two years!

Tokyo Caravan organizers will start accepting applications to view performances of “Tokyo Caravan in Komazawa 2021,” to be held at the Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground Gymnasium on Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22, 2021. A succession of confirmed appearances by artists at the frontlines of the creative world who have taken part in Tokyo Caravan before, and an array of dynamic expressive artists from various regions includes Takako Matsu (actor),Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (musicians), Kaela Kimura (artist), Reijiro Tsumura (Noh actor), Noriyuki Sawa (puppeteer) , Bisen Aoyagi (calligrapher), and contemporary artist UJINO, who will gather in Komazawa Olympic Park for the event, spearheaded by General Supervisor Hideki Noda. Starting in the Komazawa district of Tokyo in 2015, the project has traveled to Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Tohoku, Kyoto, Kumamoto, Toyota, Kochi, Akita, Iwaki, Saitama, Toyama, Okayama and Hokkaido. The new forms of expression generated over the project’s journey are set to come into their own in a one-off performance. Come experience rare and special live and unplugged performances by a fabulous lineup unique to Tokyo Caravan!

Spearheaded by playwright director and actor Hideki Noda, the Tokyo Caravan roving cultural movement has continued to develop performances based on new and unique forms of expression created by the “cultural mingling” of a diverse array of artists across languages, borders and artistic genres.
In addition it is being implemented as a Leading Project for Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL, an initiative designed to create a sense of excitement from a cultural perspective in the Olympic and Paralympic host city Tokyo through a variety of cultural programs promoting Tokyo’s appeal as a city of artistic and cultural attractions; and also as a co-hosted program for the Tokyo 2020 NIPPON Festival in 2021.

Participating artists and creators

Participating artists
Takako Matsu (actor), Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (musicians), Kaela Kimura (artist), Reijiro Tsumura (Noh actor), Noriyuki Sawa (puppeteer), Bisen Aoyagi (calligrapher), UJINO (contemporary artist), Daisy Balloon (balloon artist), Atoa. (Wadaiko Japanese drum performers), “Tokyo Caravan” Ensemble, Ryukyuan Dance (Tachikata actors/dancers: Michihiko Kakazu, Nobuaki Ohama, Takumi Tamaki, Takahiro Uehara , Jiutai chorus/music: Kazuki Tamashiro, Nobukazu Wada), The Akita City Kanto Association (Akita Kanto Festival), Murata Cheerleaders (ball-mounted robots), Ainu Association of Hokkaido (traditional Ainu dance), Riley Taj (Esashi Oiwake), Yutaka Oyama&Oyama-kai Youth Association (Tsugaru-Shamisen Oyama School), Katsuhiro Mafune/Seigen Tokuzawa (Tokyo Caravan Strings), and more
*Information on third phase participating artists will be announced in early July.
*Details such as the performance dates of participating artists will be announced at a later date.

Participating creators
Motoi Hattori (lighting), Kohei Nawa (art), Marihiko Hara (music), Kodue Hibino (costume), Eri Akamatsu (hair and make-up), Kishin Shinoyama (photography), Shutaro Oku (visual effect), Kenji Aoki (video) and more
*Details may be subject to change depending on the situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).
*Performers and program contents are subject to change without notice.

Audience member application for performances

How to apply
Please apply via the official website or reply-paid postcard.

(1) Application via official website
Application: Please apply from the official website.
[Notification of results]
Applicants will be notified of lottery results by email (scheduled for late July)
Successful applicants should display their digital ticket (onscreen QR code) or print out the digital ticket (onscreen QR code) and present it on the day.
*Applicants are responsible for internet costs
*We use the event lottery application site system “Frentry” operated by Every Entertainment Inc. Your email address is required to register. Before registering, please ensure you can receive emails from “@”.
*Please note that due to system maintenance, the “Frentry” site will not be available for 3 hours from 07:00 to 10:00 on the third Wednesday of every month.

(2) Application by reply-paid postcard
[Destination address (first half)]: Shin Tokyo Post Office P.O.BOX No. 91, Tokyo Caravan Management Office
[Items to include (on first half)]
Applicant’s name, telephone number, gender, date of birth, postal code, address, name of accompanying person (one person permitted), age of accompanying person, accompanying person’s telephone number, preferred viewing date/first choice (performance date and time/seat type), preferred viewing date/second choice (performance date and time/seat type) (21 August or 22 August, 13:00 or 18:00/front floor seat or chair), number of tickets (1 or 2)
[Return address (return half)]
Please do not write anything here as it will be printed by Tokyo Caravan Management Office
[Notification of results]
Applicants will be notified of results by reply-paid postcard (scheduled for late July). Successful applicants should bring their reply postcards on the day.

Application period
Official website: 11:00, Tuesday, June 15 – 23:59, Monday, July 12, 2021
Reply-paid postcard: Tuesday, June 15 – Monday, July 12, 2021
(Must arrive by July 12)

Free, to be decided by lottery if oversubscribed
*A few seats will be available on the day. Details will be posted on the official website at a later date.


  • This event will be conducted in Japanese.
  • Application is limited to one performance session per person (up to your second choice). Application shall become invalid if multiple applications are confirmed, including by an accompanying person, or if there are any omissions in your application. Duplicate applications made online via the official website and reply-paid postcard shall also become invalid.
  • You will be allocated seating with a seat ticket at the time of admission on the day of the performance. Seats cannot be specified or changed.
  • Successful applications cannot be transferred or resold. Please be sure to bring photo ID as we may check your identity at the time of entry. Any accompanying persons should also bring their ID.
  • If you are coming in a wheelchair, please contact the Tokyo Caravan Management Office after you are selected by lottery.
  • Any personal information provided will be managed appropriately and will not be used for purposes other than in relation to this event.
  • In the event that someone is infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), the personal information you supply may be provided to public institutions such as health care centers for the purpose of identifying contacts. In addition, we may contact you via the contact details you provide.

Live webcast

To bring the “Tokyo Caravan in Komazawa 2021” to a wider audience, the event will be carried live on the official website. Please see the official website for details.


Project Coordination Division,
Arts Council Tokyo,
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
Tel: 03-6256-8435


Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground Gymnasium (1-1 Komazawakoen, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo)



Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Co-organized by
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
With the cooperation of
Akita Prefecture, Akita City, Executive committee of KYOTO BUNKARYOKU PROJECT, Hokkaido