Japan Arts Council

【Exhibition】 Exhibition of New Collection of Traditional Perfoming Arts

Hoping to conserve and promote traditional performing arts, Japan Arts Council (National Theatre) has been working to collect and utilize related materials.

It is not an easy undertaking to leave behind the arts that can only exist during real-life performances in tangible forms. Additionally, we are aware that materials left with us in some form cannot be passed down to future generations unless we preserve them with intention. The materials collected by the National Theatre have been saved from being scattered and lost, and have gradually been accumulated with support from many benefactors. Needless to say, they are indispensable tools for the traditions to be handed down to generations to come.

Continuing from the Exhibition of New Collection of Popular Entertainment held at the National Engei Hall in April 2021 for engei entertainment related materials, this exhibition introduces mainly kabuki, shinpa new school, hogaku Japanese music, and bunraku related materials from the materials collected in recent years.

The exhibited pieces include many valuable materials provided by those who have protected and nurtured the traditional arts. Examples are a dialogue notes by Kataoka Nizaemon XIII, Illustrations for kabuki stage set, by Moriya Tadashi, shinpa (new school) tokoyama hairdressers’ tools previously owned by Usami Toyoji, and a nagauta music book previously owned by Kineya Eiji.

Due to the limitation of the venue, we are unable to display all the pieces that were donated to us. Still, we would like to use this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude for the generosity of our donors, including the ones whose pieces we cannot be displayed at this exhibition. Thank you.


February 5 (Sat) - May 24 (Tue), 2022




Traditional Performing Arts Information Centre/ Information Exhibition room (first floor)
(on the premises of National Theatre)

Visitor restriction

Up to 25 people

※Admission Free

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