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UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Special Exhibition The World of Traditional Performing Arts: Kabuki, Bunraku, Noh and Kyogen, Gagaku, Kumi-odori

Art and Cultural Treasures
Hyokeikan, Tokyo National Museum
January 7-March 13, 2022
Kabuki - Kinmon Gosan no Kiri (The Golden Gate and the Paulownia Crest), Nanzenji Sanmon scene / Nakamura Shikan (Hashinosuke) as Ishikawa Goemon (Image from the exhibition)
Sanmon Gosan no Kiri (The Temple Gate and the Paulownia Crest), Nanzenji Sanmon scene / Nishiki-e by Utagawa Toyokuni I (National Theatre collection)
Bunraku - Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees), Michiyuki Hatsune no Tabi scene / Shizuka Gozen (Image from the exhibition)
Bunraku puppet head - Bunshichi (National Theatre collection)
Noh - Iwafune (Sacred Stone Boat) / Ama-no-sagume (Image from the exhibition)
Noh costume (atsuita) with motifs of clouds and dragons on squares of red and white cloth (National Noh Theatre collection)
Gagaku - Genjoraku (Image from the exhibition)
Dadaiko drum (National Theatre collection)
Kumi-odori - Mekarushi (Master Mekarushi) / Celestial Maiden (Image from the exhibition)
Bingata costume with motifs of peonies, phoenixes and irises on light blue ground (National Theatre Okinawa collection)

Five of Japan’s traditional performing arts are registered as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage – Kabuki, Bunraku, Nohgaku, Gagaku, and Kumi Odori. For the first time ever, this exhibition allows visitors to experience these five performing arts. The exhibition demonstrates the unique beauty of each of these arts, along with the techniques and skills that support them.
In each of the exhibition rooms, as well as stages that have been reproduced and which visitors can actually stand upon to experience first-hand the distinctive worldviews of each of the traditional arts, items such as costumes, props and musical instruments that are used in actual performances are also on display. 
This exhibition revises some parts of the contents of the special exhibition that was suspended in 2020 to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.