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Traditional Performing Arts for Kids:

  • Japanese Traditional Art ,
  • Kids / Youth

Children give a public performance after learning from leading performing artists. The event will also feature authentic and powerful performances by instructors

In “Traditional Performing Arts for Kids,” children learn about traditional culture by experiencing the real thing.
Five months after the opening ceremony last September, about 200 elementary, junior high and high school students who participated in 15 courses at seven rehearsal spaces around Tokyo will take to the stage at real professional venues, presenting the results of their work in authentic stage productions replete with tradition.
Every year it is quite something to see how the children grow through an appreciation of Japanese traditional culture engendered by the techniques, practices, and stage presence of the instructors, who are leading performing artists.
The event will be hosted by the former NHK announcer Seiji Kasai, and end with live performances by professionals.


Performance course: Utai/Shimai (Kita school), Kyogen (Izumi school)
Date/time: Tuesday , March 28, 2023 / Performance starts 13:30
Venue: National Noh Theatre

Performance course: Sokyoku (Koto) (Ikuta school), Sokyoku (Youth) (Yamada school), Shakuhachi
Date/time: Wednesday, March 29, 2023 / Performance starts 12:30
Venue: National Theatre (Large Theatre)

Performance course: Shamisen, Shamisen (Youth), Hayashi (Shinobue), Hayashi (Kotsuzumi)
Date/time: Wednesday, March 29, 2023 / Performance starts 17:30
Venue: National Theatre (Large Theatre)

Nihon Buyo dance
Performance course: Nihon Buyo, Nihon Buyo (Youth)
Date/time: Thursday, March 30, 2023 / Performance starts 15:30
Venue: National Theatre (Large Theatre)

*Commentary to be provided by host Seiji Kasai.
*[Youth] is a youth program specially for junior and high school students. The other programs are Standard Programs for elementary, junior and high school students.
*Performance start times are scheduled times only and may be subject to change (Doors to open 30 minutes before performances)

Public attendance application guidelines: Performances open to all

Please apply using the form here. *In Japanese
*Admission free (reservation required)/Preschool-age children admitted /Entering and leaving the venue during the event is permitted

Application deadline
Thursday, March 23, 2023
*Applications must be received by the deadline

Points to note when applying

  • You may apply for multiple performances. The auditorium will be cleared between performances of [Sankyoku] and [Nagauta] (up to 5 people per performance per application).
  • To be decided by lottery in the case of over-subscription.
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  • The deadline for reservation applications may be extended if spots are still available.
  • Due to coronavirus, the dates/times, performance details, performers, etc. are subject to change.
    Please note it is possible that public access to the event may be rescinded to ensure the safety of children during performances.


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


Nohgaku : National Noh Theatre
Nihon Buyo dance, Sankyoku and Nagauta: National Theatre (Large Theatre)


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, Tachikawa Community & Culture Foundation, Higashimurayama City Board of Education, Machida City, Machida Cultural and International Exchange Foundation
Production Cooperation by
The Nohgaku Performers' Association, The NIHONBUYO Association, The Japan Sankyoku Association, Nagauta Association
Sponsored by
Japan Arts Council
Supported by
Shinjuku City, Tachikawa City Board of Education
Cooperated by
Umewaka-kai, Hosho-kai, Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation