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

Tokyo National Museum

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*In compliance with instructions from health authorities in Japan, the Tokyo National Museum announced a temporary closure from February 27 to March 16, 2020. At the request of the government, the Museum will remain closed from March 17 until further notice.

The exhibition will be held as a part of Nihonhaku (Japan Cultural Expo) and the Tsumugu Project to promote, restore, and preserve the beauty of Japan’s art, which the Japanese Government is pursuing in the lead-up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. It will be held as a large-scale project linked to the opening ceremony of Nihonhaku in 2020. In line with Nihonhaku’s overarching theme of “Humanity and Nature in Japan,” the exhibition will close in on the notion of Japanese beauty through the Japanese traditional performing arts of Kabuki, Bunraku, Nogaku, Noh and Kyogen, and Kumiodori, which are on UNESCO’s Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The exhibition spaces will feature recreations of the stage scenery used in performances to produce the realistic ambiance that is unique to these traditional performing arts. There will also be regular demonstration performances by professional performers on some of the stages. Precious videos of performances at the National Theatre of Japan will also be screened. Items that were actually used in performances will be on display, including shozoku robes and other costumes, musical instruments, and stage props. There will be interactive displays where visitors can dress up like Kabuki actors, as well as talk sessions and workshops by artisans who support the performers and the performances. These programs will allow anyone unfamiliar with these traditional performing arts, such as international visitors and younger generations of Japanese, to enjoy these art forms by looking, listening, and touching.

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from March 17, 2020 to May 24, 2020

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