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Must-See Art and Cultural Hotspots in Japan

Art Festivals & Events

Show-RAKUZA 2023

At tourist attractions such as Tokyo Tower and Kanda Myojin Shrine, and cultural facilities such as the Tokyo National Museum, regular performances and workshops on rakugo comic storytelling, daikagura acrobatics, wazuma performance, ongyoku songs with shamisen accompaniment, and more are held to create opportunities for people to come in contact with the traditional vaudeville entertainment that Japanese people have loved for generations. In addition, a tour linking rakugo comic storytelling, history (historic sites), and cuisine will be held in Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture. Going forward, the tour will cover three of Japan's most scenic destinations. Throughout the year, we will promote the appeal of vaudeville entertainment which is full of laughter, surprise, and aesthetic beauty through live demonstrations.

1. Tokyo Tower Show-RAKUZA

At the Tokyo Tower Show-RAKUZA, held at the Tokyo Tower Observation Deck Club 333, you can enjoy accessible vaudeville entertainment! Two performances chosen from daikagura acrobatics, wazuma performance, paper cutting, or dialogue with shamisen accompaniment, will be showcased on the day of the event. Enjoy a vaudeville performance rich in traditional techniques alongside the impressive night view from Tokyo Tower.
*Simultaneous interpretation MC available.

Tokyo Tower Show-RAKUZA

Place : Tokyo Tower Observation Deck Club 333, 4-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo
Time : 9/16, 10/21, 11/18, 12/9, 1/13, 2/24, 3/16
Access : https://www.tokyotower.co.jp/en/access/
Price : Free (Observation deck entry fee extra)
Link : Tokyo Tower Show-RAKUZA

2. Myojin Show-RAKUZA

A workshop where you can experience the traditional Japanese vaudeville culture of laughter and entertainment will be held at the Kanda Myojin Edo Culture Complex. Experience three types of performing arts: comic rakugo storytelling, daikagura acrobatics, and wazuma, and take home the props as souvenirs!
*Simultaneous interpretation MC available.

Myojin Show-RAKUZA

Place : Kanda Myojin EDOCCO STUDIO, 1st Basement Level, 2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo
Time : 9/7,14,21,28 10/4,12,19,25 11/2,9,16,22,30

Access : https://edocco-studio.com/en/contact-2/
Price : 5,500 JPY (tax included)
Ticket : https://edoccostudio-reserve.stores.jp/items/646f1520fafd8b002a5a966c
Link : Myojin Show-RAKUZA

3. Tohaku Show-RAKUZA

In collaboration with "International Students Day" at the Tokyo National Museum, you can enjoy comic rakugo storytelling, daikagura acrobatics, and paper cutting accompanied with illustrated subtitles. The content aims to provide international students not only with academic knowledge, but also an understanding of Japan's vaudeville theater, hoping to deepen their appreciation of Japan.
*Simultaneous interpretation MC available.

Tohaku Show-RAKUZA

Place : Tokyo National Museum Heiseikan Auditorium 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito City, Tokyo
Time : 10/7
Access : https://www.tnm.jp/?lang=en
Price : Free (Extra fee for General Cultural Exhibition apply; Admission is free on October 7 if you have a student ID or equivalent that shows you are an international student.