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The 33th Annual Dance of Kagurazaka

  • Organization : Tokyo Kagurazaka Association
  • Section : In Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Japanese Traditional Art


The geisha who support the karyukai, the world of the geisha, hold the annual Kagurazaka Odori (Annual Dance of Kagurazaka) as an arena for the demonstration of the artistic accomplishments they train in every day, such as classical Japanese dance, tokiwazu (a style of joruri narrative used in kabuki dance), traditional musical instruments and nagauta (singing accompaniment to the shamisen).
Through the nurturing of people with the necessary artistic skills and by making sure these precious Japanese traditional arts are passed on to the next generation, the aim is to contribute to the regeneration of the district overall.


Tokyo Kagurazaka Association
The Association in its present form is made up of the geisha association Geisha Kumiai and local inns and restaurants, and originates from the former Ushigome Sangyokai Association.

Kagurazaka Odori (Annual Dance of Kagurazaka) began in 1963 as the Ushigome Satsuki Kai, and was held every one to three years until 1993. After a short period of suspension, it resumed as the Hana no Kai in 1999, and in 2007 it was renamed Kagurazaka Odori (The Annual Dance of Kagurazaka). The year 2014 saw the 32nd staging of the event. In 2011 The Annual Dance of Kagurazaka was designated as a local cultural asset by Shinjuku City, Tokyo.


Tomio Yamada
Tokyo Kagurazaka Association
3-6 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0825
Tel: +81-3-3260-3291
E-mail: kenban◆kagurazaka-kumiai.net
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Ushigome Tansu Kumin Hall (Shinjuku City, Tokyo)