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.

Nagauta [14. Shamisen (Youth)]

Lesson time

Lesson dates
*Sundays (10 days in total)
January 14,21,28, February 4,11,18, March 3,10,17,24 2024

Lesson venue

Rehearsal / Performance
Wednesday, March 27 or Thursday, March 28 2024
Venue: Asakusa Public Hall

Sankyoku [15. Sokyoku (Youth)] *Yamada school

Lesson time

Lesson dates
*Sundays (10 days in total)
January 7,14,21, February 4,11,18,25, March 3,17,24 2024

Lesson venue
Shinjuku Ward Okubo Sports Plaza

Rehearsal / Performance
Wednesday, March 27 or Thursday, March 28 2024
Venue: Asakusa Public Hall

Nihon Buyo dance [16. Nihon Buyo (Youth)] *Boys and girls

Lesson time

Lesson dates
*Sundays and public holidays (10 days in total)
January 7,21,28, February 4,11,18, March 3,10,17,24 2024

Lesson venue

Rehearsal / Performance
Wednesday, March 27 or Thursday, March 28 2024
Venue: Asakusa Public Hall

Participants and capacity

Junior high and high school students
About 13 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.
Conditions for participation
-All dates can be attended on time
-Must be able to attend the rehearsal and performance
-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.
-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
Use the application form on the official website.*In Japanese Only

Application period
Saturday, July 1 – Thursday, August 10 2023
*Application must be received by Thursday, August 10.

*Participants will be decided by lottery in the case of over-subscription.
*All applicants will be notified of the results of their application. (Please note that this may be undeliverable due to spam handling etc.)

Program procedure

  1. Application: Deadline Thursday, August 10.
    →You will receive a reply by email confirming receipt (auto-reply).
  2. Notification of results: We will inform all applicants around Thursday, August 24(If there are too many applicants, a lottery will be held).
  3. Participation procedure: Applicants will receive a “Certificate of Participation” when they return the form and pay the participation fee (via bank transfer) by Thursday, August 31
    (If the payment date is missed, the offer will become invalid. An additional lottery will then be held among the unsuccessful candidates).
  4. A “lesson launch” opening ceremony will be held at the National Noh Theatre on Saturday, September 17, 2023.
  5. Lessons: Participants will take lessons from September through March with professional performers as their instructors.
  6. Public performance: Wednesday 27 March 2024 or Thursday, 28 March 2024: Nagauta/Sankyoku/Nihon Buyo (Asakusa Publicl Hall)


-Program details are subject to change or cancellation due to the outbreak of 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.
-As a rule, administrative communication during the implementation period will be carried out by email (if necessary, notification may be sent by post).
-In order to ensure the smooth running of group training, absences and late arrivals/leaves will be strictly controlled and dealt with. Depending on the circumstances, we may ask you to cancel your participation, including presentations.
-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 11:00–17:00 *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)
Planning and Operation by
Japan Council of Performers Rights & Performing Arts Organizations (Geidankyo)
Production Cooperation by
The Nohgaku Performers' Association, The NIHONBUYO Association, The Japan Sankyoku Association, Nagauta Association
Co-organized by
The Shinjuku Foundation for Creation of Future, Tachikawa Community & Culture Foundation,Foundation for the promotion of Chofu city's cultule and community,Higashimurayama City Board of Education,The Musashino Foundation for Culture and Lifelong Learning
Sponsored by
Japan Arts Council
Supported by
Shinjuku City,Tachikawa City Board of Education
Cooperated by
Umewaka-kai, Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation,Hosho-kai