Japan Arts Council

New National Theatre, Tokyo (THE PIT)
Traditional Japanese Music
The Tale of Genji in traditional music

- The life of Hikaru Genji traced through Performance and Reading -


“The Tale of Genji” is recognized as one of the best dynastic-style literature masterpieces written in the Heian Period (from the 8th to the 12th centuries), and it also is known as the world’s oldest long-form novel. Centering around Hikaru Genji – the hero of the tale endowed with an unrivaled fine figure, as well as intelligence and a flair for poetry and music – and his offspring, the complex patterns of their relationships are depicted throughout the 54 chapters of the story. This novel still captivates readers as a highly important masterpiece in the history of literature and it also provides a glimpse into the aristocratic society of the Heian Period.
This program traces the life of Hikaru Genji through musical performances in the style of Gagaku, Shōmyō and Sōkyoku, accompanied by recitation narratives.
This is a rare opportunity to experience the gorgeous and luxurious world of “The Tale of Genji” through a variety of Japanese artistic genres. We look forward to your joining us!

Performance Date
Jan. 27(Sat.), 2024

Performance Time
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

* End times are estimates and may vary.


Aoi no Ue

Ōjō no Kyū



Ryō-Ō in Hokekyō Senbu Kuyō


Reigakusha Gagaku Ensemble 
Tendai shōmyō Shichiseikai
Simonoto Ayumi
Yamato Shōwa
Kamimura Wakano
Fukuhara Tōru

Hosogai Kōji
Sugimiya Masaki
Itō anna
Shimoike Sachi

Kobayashi Katsuya


* Audio guide: Not available.
* Subtitles: Avaiable in English. Please download the application to your smartphone. See more.
* English synopsis is available. Please ask at the reception desk.

Tickets for Each Program (Tax included)
Adults = 1st.: 5,500yen 2nd.: 4,500yen  /  Students = 1st.: 3,900yen 2nd.: 3,200yen
Seating plan

Booking Opens
Dec.18, 2023
* If there are still tickets available for purchase on the day of the event, you may purchase them in person at the Box Office for this performance.
 Box Office (on-site) : Open from 12:00 a.m. until each curtain time.
* Tickets for students and persons with disabilities for this performance are available online.
Box Office
 0570-07-9900 (From overseas: +81-3-3230-3000) in Japanese and English
 (10:00 a.m.~6:00 p.m. )


Join the Pre-Talk Show!
Prior to each performance, Gagaku comedian Kanisasare Ayako will welcome you to the wonderful world of The Tale of Genji!
*This is a ticket-holders-only event that starts about 40 minutes prior to each performance.
1:00 p.m. Performance: Pre-talk show starts at 12:20 p.m.
5:00 p.m. Performance: Pre-talk show starts at 4:20 p.m.


in Japanese