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The 15th 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 concert at the National Theatre of Japan is a gathering of various performers in the field of traditional performing arts, including designated Living National Treasures with Important Intangible Cultural Property status. Held annually from 2007, this year marked the 15th concert in the series. Appearing this year were the four Living National Treasures, Tosha-Meisho, Kiyomoto-Seijutayu, Kanda Shori, and Shinnai-Nakasaburo. In addition, the successors and most promising disciples in each field were invited to perform leading roles, representing the succession of traditional performing arts, and expressing their boundless depth and appeal.


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 Nishikanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo Japan 101-0065


National Theater (Small theater), Chiyoda City,Tokyo