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Concert of People’s Living National Treasure

  • Organization : General incorporated association Shinnai
  • Section : Artistic and creative activity in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Japanese Traditional Art


This annual concert at the National Theatre of Japan is a gathering of multiple performers in the field of traditional performing arts, including designated Living National Treasures with Important Intangible Cultural Property status. This year marks the 13th concert in the series. Appearing this year are the five Living National Treasures, Uji Shibun (Itchu-bushi), Shinnai Nakasaburo (Shinnai-bushi), Takemoto Komanosuke (Gidayu-bushi), Katada Kisaku (Hogaku hayashi) and Nomura Mansaku (Kyogen). These performers have managed to transcend the boundaries of Hogaku traditional Japanese music to convey the depth and appeal of traditional performing arts in the present day. As well as the Living National Treasures, young performers in each field also made an appearance. The concert was also a significant opportunity for them in terms of being able to show themselves as the inheritors and custodians of traditional performing arts.


General incorporated association Shinnai
This organization engages in performance projects and lectures as well as educational/instructive programs related to classical arts. Its aim is to contribute to the development of a cultural society in order to promulgate Japanese classical performing arts and pass on the traditions to future generations. Current Representative Director Tsunoda Tomiaki is the 4th head of the Fujimoto branch of the Shinnai-bushi genre and currently serves as vice chief director of the Shinnai Association. He began training in the Shinnai-bushi style at the age of 6, and was apprenticed to his uncle Shinnai-Nakazo at age 15. He was granted the name Shinnai-Nakasaburo when he was 18. In 1984 he assumed the title of the 6th iemoto in the Fujimoto branch of the Shinnnai-bushi genre, and in the following year the name succession ceremony was held at Kabuki-za. In 2001 he was designated a holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property (a Living National Treasure) for Shinnai-bushi shamisen, and in 2003 he was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon. He became the 4th head of the Fujimoto branch of the Shinnai-bushi genre in 2017.


Noriko Tsunoda
General incorporated association Shinnai
2-3-3 Nishikannda Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Japan 101-0065
Tel: +81-(0)3-261-8002
Fax: +81-(0)3-261-8002


National Theatre (Small Theatre), Chiyoda City, Tokyo