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.
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. At the exhibition area, visitors can enjoy informal talks and “Traditional Japanese Music Mini-Live Performances” as well as “Nagashi” style performances of the Shinnai melody and shakuhachi in front of Nakamura-za (an admission ticket for the exhibition area is required).
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.
Edo-Tokyo Museum [Hall & the Exhibition area] 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0015 ● 3 minutes walk from West Exit of Ryogoku Station (JR Sobu Line) ● 1 minute walk from Exit A4 of Ryogoku (Edo-Tokyo Hakubutsukan-mae) Station (Toei Oedo Line)© Japan Today