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Traditional performing arts - Drama, comedy, puppet, song & dance


For First-timer

Talking about Japanese traditional arts, I should raise Kabuki, Noh, Kyogen, or Bunraku (puppet theater). They are all available in Tokyo depending on each performing schedule. If you are interested in any of them, I will clarify the table and book it for you. I recommend Kabuki for first timers because it simply has a lot of fun. It is comprised of singing and dancing, the costume is so gorgeous, the stage set is interesting. In a large theater such as Kabuki-za, personal translator system may be available.

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2nd picture is created by modifying "Takiginoh(Sadogashima)" (© Yoshiyuki_Ito (Licensed under CC BY 4.0))

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For Repeater

Noh and Kyogen are both performed on Noh stage. Noh is so sophisticated and conceptual that it is sometimes difficult to understand even for Japanese. The actor wears a mask on his face but express various feeligs with the only one mask. On the other hand, Kyogen is comedy and much friendly. Originally it is an interlude for Noh programs, but recently it is played independently. It can be a good idea to see Kyogen if tickets are available. They are often played at National Theatre or Noh stages at various places.

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 National theatre

​ The Noh.com(information on performance)

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