Weekend of Edo and Tokyo cultures

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 土曜日, 8月 6, 2011 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

At the Edo-Tokyo Museum, where the charms of Edo and Tokyo cultures are exhibited, visitors can listen, play and find out about the attraction of traditional Japanese music at this two-day event.

Edo-Tokyo Museum

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is a museum of the history of Tokyo, established in 1993. The main features of the permanent exhibitions are the life-size replica of the Nihonbashi, which was the bridge leading into Edo; the Nakamuraza theatre; scale models of town; and buildings from the Edo, Meiji and Showa periods.

The performances at the Hall “Close Look at Traditional Japanese Music” will include “All about Kabuki Music” (on Aug 20) and “All about Shamisen and Koto” (on Aug 21). In the performances, the audience can listen to masterpieces from kabuki dramas and masterpieces of shamisen and koto.

Various interesting features of traditional Japanese music that people do not normally have a chance to see will be exhibited at the have-a-go booth and through the demonstrations on how to make and play the instruments.

Hall (Close Look at Traditional Japanese Music)
Aug 20 (Sat.), Starting at 14:30 “All about Kabuki Music”(Part I/Part II)

Aug 21 (Sun), Starting at 14:30 “All about Shamisen and Koto” (Part I/Part II) Support: Tokyo Traditional Japanese Music Instrument Commerce and Industry Cooperative
(There will be an instrument making demonstration and a have-a-go booth in the lobby from 12 noon to 13:30 for everyone, from 14:00 to 14:30 for ticket holders only.)

In front of Nakamura-za
(Mini Live Performances in front of Nakamura-za)
Experience traditional Japanese music with informal talks and performances.
Aug 20 (Sat) 11:00-11:30 Shinnai melody
14:00-14:30 Music accompaniment
15:30-16:00 Hauta
Aug. 21 (Sun.) 11:00-11:30 Tsugaru shamisen
14:00-14:30 Long epic songs
15:30-16:00 Kokyu

Reserved seats only
2,500 yen (adults) 1,500 yen (children and students)
For live performances in front of Nakamura-za, an admission ticket for the exhibition area is required. A ticket for the performances in the Hall comes with an admission ticket for the exhibition area.

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Edo-Tokyo Museum [Hall & the Exhibition area]
1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

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