What we do

Traditional Performing Arts KOTOHAJIME2018

  • Organization : NPO Association for Education of Japanese Traditional Performing Arts MUSUBINOKAI
  • Section : Artistic and creative activity in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Japanese Traditional Art


This project series offers opportunities to learn about traditional Japanese performing arts and culture through actual experience. The first installment takes the “Ogi [fan]” as its point of entry, and presents buyo (traditional dance) performances by such artists as Ginko Den (living national treasure / Korean dance), Maki Shida (Ryukyu dance), and Yuko Nishikawa (Japanese dance); as well as a scholarly lecture on the theme of the folding fan, a folding fan workshop, and the premiere of a Japanese-Korean collaborative production. The second installment revolves around the theme “vocal techniques” and offers, through commentary and workshops, up-close experience of differences between vocalization styles in Western music and traditional Japanese performing arts. Performers and workshop leaders include Yuki Saga (jazz vocalist), Tsukomadayu Takemoto (bunraku gidayu [narrator]), and Tojiro Yamamoto (living national treasure / kyogen actor). Mr. Tojiro Yamamoto will also be giving a talk about Japanese culture.


【NPO Association for Education of Japanese Traditional Performing Arts MUSUBINOKAI】
Since 2002, we have been carrying out programs in collaboration with performers, school teachers, researchers and others, in order to create more opportunities for children to physically experience and learn about traditional Japanese arts and culture.
In 2014 we began offering Japanese culture dissemination programs that also welcome adults from the general public. Through these activities, we aim to help increase the number of people who are able to grasp and communicate the appeal of Japanese culture in their own words.


Yui Morita
NPO Association for Education of Japanese Traditional Performing Arts MUSUBINOKAI
Denenchofu1-12-14-207,Ota-ku, Tokyo 145-0071


Meiji University Liberty Hall (Chiyoda City, Tokyo)
Tessen-kai (Minato City,Tokyo)