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A Guide to Kabuki

An exhibition at the Traditional Performing Arts Centre

By Sleiman Azizi    - 1 min read
Venue: Information Exhibition Room (first floor) When: Jun 1st - Sep 23rd 2019 ,  10:00am - 6:00pm

The Traditional Performing Arts Centre in Tokyo will be hosting an introduction to kabuki for those looking to learn more about Japan's most extravagant performing art.

Along with Noh and Bunraku, Kabuki is one Japan's three representative theatrical arts and has been placed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Extremely rich in style, kabuki actors are famous for their larger than life costumes, makeup and performances. Dynamic stages, dramatic song and dance and expressive physical acting make a kabuki performance one of Japan's must-see attractions.

Established in 2003, the Traditional Performing Arts Centre is located right by the famous National Theatre and is a small museum regularly displaying the props and costumes of Japan's various theatrical arts.

Please check the official website for holiday and opening times. Entry is free.

Getting there

The centre is a 5-minute walk from Exit 1 and Exit 6 of Hanzomon Station on the Hanzomon Subway Line or a 15-minute walk from Yotsuya Station on the JR Chuo-Sobu Line.

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Sleiman Azizi

Sleiman Azizi @sleiman.azizi

A Japanese Permanent Resident, I drool over proper soba and sushi while Japanese aesthetics ticks all the right boxes for me.With over 100 published articles on Japan as well as 5 English language books written in a traditional Japanese style, I also happen enjoy writing. Funny that...I'm also the Regional Partner for Tokyo, Japan's never ending capital, so if you've anything to say about Tokyo - or Japan in general - don't be shy and contact with me via sleiman.azizi@japantravel.com

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Kim B 2 months ago
Really love that they're hosting free events like this. Makes embracing the culture and traditions so accessible for anyone who is interested.
Kim B 2 months ago
Exactly! And knowing where to find the great free stuff to do is a very helpful start!
Elena Lisina 2 months ago
Costumes are really gorgeous! I wish I had more time to see a lot of options in Tokyo!
Elena Lisina 2 months ago
Yes, definitely!!!