Based on the theme “Approaching Tokyo Tradition”, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) offers diverse projects and programs for people who are not familiar with traditional arts and culture, as well as for foreign visitors and children to enjoy Japan’s authentic traditional arts and culture.
Ahead of Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, the Arts Council Tokyo offers [Traditional Culture and Performing Arts Programs for Foreign Visitors]. The Short Term Experience Program is held throughout the year on most weekends at Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center and the Edo-Tokyo Museum, offering programs to visitors to experience traditional Japanese dance, Shamisen of Nagauta, and a variety of performances including Kyokugei (traditional acrobatics), Kamikiri (paper cutting) and Wazuma (traditional Japanese magic). As of the end of the last fiscal year, the program was held more than 1,200 times, offering many people the opportunity to enjoy the allure of Tokyo and the Japanese culture. All of the programs are offered and performed by world-class experts. Kimonos and traditional Japanese kimono socks are available on the spot for rental, allowing tourists to enjoy authentic Japanese arts and culture.
The yearly fall Tokyo event, Kimono dressing and Traditional Japanese craft experience programs will be offered on the same day at Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2019 in Hama-rikyu Gardens and Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum. In October, Noh theater in the garden will be held in the Gardens of Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, the Experience and Appreciation Program where visitors can enjoy Noh performances as well as touch the musical instruments.
In May, Kagurazaka Street Stage O-edo Tour 2019 will be held as part of the [Festival] programs with a host of traditional art programs in the town of Kagurazaka, as well as Legendary Tamatebako (Treasure Box)—Tama Traditional Culture Festival 2019 in Hachioji, which showcases the culture of the Tama Region. Meanwhile, the [Traditional Performing Arts Programs] offer authentic traditional performing arts programs in partnership with such as the National Theatre, and the [Experience Programs for Children] will include the vastly popular Traditional Performing Arts for Kids and experience programs at schools.
Full press release is available here.
Outline finalized for the traditional culture programs in 2019 – Many programs including ones for foreign visitors and town festivals