Fri, Nov 29, 2019

[Postponed until further notice] TSUMUGU special exhibition featuring kabuki, bunraku, noh, kyogen, gagaku, kumiodori set to open in March 2020

“Experience it! Traditional Japanese Performing Arts”

TSUMUGU Project’s next special exhibition is set for March 10 – May 24 in 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The special exhibition “Experience it! Traditional Japanese Performing Arts ― The World of Kabuki, Bunraku, Noh, Kyogen, Gagaku and Kumiodori dance ―” will bring together all of Japan’s major traditional performing arts for the first time and put on display various costumes, decorations, musical instruments, props used on stage, etc., at the Tokyo National Museum (Ueno, Tokyo).

Kabuki, bunraku, nogaku (noh and kyogen), gagaku and kumiodori are all designated as UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

What’s more, at Tokyo National Museum’s Hyokeikan, where the exhibition will be held, visitors will be given the chance to interact with professional performers and artisans through demonstrations, workshops and talk sessions to get a better feel of what the world of Japanese performing arts is actually like.

The special exhibition is jointly organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan Arts Council, Tokyo National Museum, National Center for the Promotion of Cultural Properties and The Yomiuri Shimbun (Tokyo), with cooperation from the Imperial Household Agency and other entities, and will be held in conjunction with Nihonhaku (Japan Cultural Expo).

*Further information on the exhibit will be released as they become available.

Outline of the event


Tue, Mar 10, 2020〜Sun, May 24, 2020


Tokyo National Museum - Hyokeikan
13-9 Ueno Park,
Taito-ku, Tokyo


To be announced

Closing day

*Opened on Mar 30 and May 4

Opening hours

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.*
*Open till 9:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays
*Last admission 4:30 p.m.


Tel. 03-5777-8600 (Hello dial)



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