English Top > Performance Schedule > National Theatre > Gagaku



  • Small
  • Other
  • Organizer

    National Theatre has implemented measures for our visitors to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. For more information click here.

    National Theatre (Small Theatre)
    November 2020 Gagaku Programme

    Kangen Ocho no Asobi
    Performance Date: November 7(Sat.), 2020
    Performance Time: [Related event]1:00 p.m.-2:00p.m.
                   : [Kangen Ocho no Asobi]3:00 p.m.-5:10 p.m.
    *End time is an estimate and may vary. 
    [Related Event]
    Learn About Heian Nobility Culture and Gagaku -Talk and Demonstration-

    Demonstration:Bunno Hideaki     and others
    Explanation:Okada Takanori(Assistant Professor of National Institute of Japanese Literature)
    Facilitator:Kondo Shizuno(Part-time Lecturer of Tokyo University of the Arts)

    *There is no break at this event

    [Gyoyu : Music of Court Ceremony]
    Sojo Choshi
    Tori Ha/Kyu

    Hyojo Choshi
    -Saibara- Ise no Umi
    Goshoraku Kyu -Nokorigaku Sanben-

    [The Feasts of the Heian Nobility]
    Ichikotsucho Choshi
    -Roei- Koyo
    Karyobin  Ha/Kyu


    *This performance has a intermisson.
    *Audio guide: No audio guide available.
    *Subtitles: Available in Japanese and English.
    *English synopsis is available. Please ask at the reception desk.

    Tickets(Tax included)
    Related Event= Adults  1,500yen
                        Students   1,100yen
    Main Performance= Adults  5,000yen
                              Students  3,500yen
    Unit Price= 6,000yen

    Seating Plan

    Telephone & Internet booking starts on Oct.18(Sun.),2020

    Box Office
    0570-07-9900 (From overseas: +81-3-3230-3000) in Japanese and English(10:00~18:00)
    Online Booking: https://ticket.ntj.jac.go.jp/top_e.htm


    Counter Sales at the Theatre 
    available from Oct.19(Mon.),2020

    in Japanese

    [Pre-Performance Event]   

    Learn About Heian Nobility Culture and Gagaku
    – Talk and Demonstration – 

        Prior to the performance we invite you to enjoy this event, which introduces the charm of Gagaku along with the culture in the Heian period (794-1185) that nurtured the Japanese imperial court music.

         Where and how did people of the Heian period listen to Gagaku, which has been carried through to the present day over the course of more than a thousand years? This event will enhance the pleasure of your Gagaku appreciation by touching upon various aspects of the music, including the connection between Gyoyū – Gagaku instrumental ensemble concerts hosted by the court nobles – and the current Gagaku, and how the Heian nobility enjoyed the music.

        The talk is themed on the culture of the time from various viewpoints, such as the lifestyle of the nobility and their connection with the music, and the scenery of the musical performances as depicted in literature.

        You also will enjoy experiencing a demonstration of several Gagaku pieces that are related to today’s talk performed by members of the Jūni-On-Kai group.}

    Kangen – Music and Entertainment for Heian Nobility 

         Gagaku is a traditional court music of Japan that originated out of a combination of gakubu, instrumental music imported from overseas and utamai, traditional Japanese vocal pieces and dance.

      Kangen, a style of Gagaku instrumental ensemble, emerged during the Heian period. For Heian nobility, musical knowledge was an important accomplishment in court society. The Kangen musical gatherings hosted by the current and retired Emperors, etc., were called Gyoyū, and are thought to have been performed for official events or seasonal turning points. Even in private events, the nobles enjoyed an ensemble of instruments to the full, appreciating the beauty of trees, plants and flowers as well as the chirping of birds, imagery that is depicted in literary works/picture scrolls such as The Tale of Genji

      The charm of the Kangen performances that blossomed in Court culture — please savor the essence of these classical Gagaku pieces, which are evocative of the Heian cultural atmosphere and the Japanese view of nature, in enjoying music and appreciating the seasonal changes and natural beauty.