If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy an authentic tea ceremony or experience a traditional Japanese theater performance, the Tokyo Traditional Arts Program—part of the Tokyo Culture Creation Project organized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture—will offer both events this fall. The first is a Japanese tea ceremony in a natural, outdoor setting, while the other is a comic theater performance that features three of Japan’s living national treasures onstage together for the first time.
Event 1: Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2014
Discover the time-honored customs of Japan’s traditional tea culture at this large-scale, open-air tea ceremony, open to people of all nationalities from anywhere in the world. The Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony was started in 2008 and since then, about 105,000 people have taken part in this event and experienced the serenity of the Japanese tea ceremony. The event will introduce the art, aesthetics and subtle beauty of sado that underly the landscape, as well as the tools and the spirit of hospitality that make up this venerable tradition.
- Sep 27-28, 10am-5pm. Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum in Koganei Park. 3-7-1 Sakura-cho, Koganei, Tokyo.
- Oct 11-12, 9:30am-4:10pm. Hama-rikyu Gardens. 1-1, Hama-rikyu-teien, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. www.tokyo-grand-tea-ceremony2014.jp
Event 2: Kyogen: Supremacy and Successors
Kyogen is a form of comic theater that developed alongside Noh, Japan’s oldest theatrical art. While Kyogen is often performed during in interludes in Noh performances, it has its own unique tradition and repertory. The actors are mainly men, who have passed this art down among family members for generations. There are currently three Kyogen actors who have been declared living national treasures of Japan, and all three will perform in the same show for the first time on October 28.
- Tue Oct 28, 6:30pm. National Theatre (large theatre). 4-1 Hayabusa-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. www.dento-wa.jp/en