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The Olympic and Paralympic Games are not only a sports event but also a cultural festival.
This is a special website that features traditional culture, performances, and more in order to promote the culture of Tokyo and Japan.

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“Traditional Culture”
Activities and Performances

  • Nihon-buyo (Japanese Dance) | Activity Video

    Nihon-buyo (Japanese Dance) | Activity Video

    Updated on September 16.

    Performers: Touyakai

    See the techniques and movements of Nihon-buyo, a traditional Japanese culture, and learn how to make gestures using a folding sensu. Learn beautiful ways of presentation and etiquette through classical Japanese dance!

    Related video:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuH86ffOw4PU7NNM1CVedRQ
  • Calligraphy and Suiboku-ga (India Ink Painting) | Activity Video

    Calligraphy and Suiboku-ga (India Ink Painting) | Activity Video

    Updated on September 16.

    Performers: Togenuki Jizo Calligraphy Class

    Calligraphy and Suiboku-ga are once-in-a-lifetime forms of art that cannot be reversed after the brushstrokes are made. Enjoy this performance of ink on sheets of paper!

  • Art of Origami | Activity Video

    Art of Origami | Activity Video

    Updated on September 16.

    Performers: Origami Sakura Executive Committee

    Origami cranes have been folded for over 400 years in Japan. A single sheet of paper can be transformed into all kinds of animals, flowers, and more. Here you’ll try making origami sushi!

    Related video:https://www.youtube.com/user/origamioriart/videos
  • Ikebana flower arrangement | Activity Video

    Ikebana flower arrangement | Activity Video

    Updated on September 16.

    Performers: Ichiyo School of Ikebana Headmaster Kasuya Naohiro

    With consciousness of the “space” formed by each person’s personality and sensibility, the Ichiyo school of Ikebana teaches flower arrangement that incorporates the qualities and beauty of all elements, including the flowers, plants, vessels, and the environment. Experience this ikebana that is also popular overseas.

    Related video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR5ZWhHV-zU Related video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjLSt1JUcOc Related video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eFQeWMBuDA
  • SUGINAMI KARUTA | Activity Video

    SUGINAMI KARUTA | Activity Video

    Updated on September 16.

    Performers: Suginami Karuta Project

    This group promotes regional and international understanding and interaction by creating karuta games. Karuta is a part of Japanese culture that can be enjoyed by people of all generations. Here you will learn about “Oriparasol,” a kind of karuta that can be played by people in wheelchairs.

    Related video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4npSnrf0wI
  • Summer Yukata: Wearing & Gestures | Activity Video

    Summer Yukata: Wearing & Gestures | Activity Video

    Updated on September 16.

    Performers: Kokubunji City Kimono League

    This is a lesson on kimono and yukata, the chic and classic Japanese garments. Learn how to look cool and stylish in a summer yukata. You’ll also see the gestures that make you look even more stylish in your yukata.

  • Tea Ceremony | Activity Video

    Tea Ceremony | Activity Video

    Updated on September 9.

    Performers: Kanto Block 1 of Chado Urasenke Tankokai
    Federation Youth Division

    Tea ceremony embodies the Japanese people’s character of respectfulness and consideration as well as its culture.
    As you observe how a ceremony is carried out, you will learn how to drink a bowl of tea, manners, and what you as a guest is expected. Experience the Way of Tea, one of traditional Japanese culture.

  • Wrapping the World in the Soul of Japan Furoshiki Workshop –Advanced Lesson

    Wrapping the World in the Soul of Japan
    Furoshiki Workshop –Advanced Lesson|Activity Video

    Updated on September 1.

    Performers: Furoshiki cultural researcher Tsutsumi Junko

    Furoshiki is flexible, universally used Japanese cloth. This video teaches you how to use furoshiki in a variety of ways, from traditional wrapping to eco-friendly and disaster-related uses. This is an advanced-level video for first-timers.

    Related video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ge5t0AsP0c Related video:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYBEjn0-8qCBoCEhTJs-SpA
  • A look at the world of Nohgaku

    A look at the world of Nohgaku| Performance Video

    Updated on September 1.

    Performers: Ueda Kimitake, Sumi Kojiro, Kizuki Nobuyuki (Kanze-kai)

    Nohgaku is one of the world’s oldest performing arts, with a history of 700 years. In this episode, the Kanze school gives a performance of “Hagoromo,” one of the most popular Noh plays.
    We hope you enjoy the wonders of Nohgaku.

  • Putting yukata on yourself

    Putting yukata on yourself| Activity Video

    Updated on August 18.

    Performers: Miyauchi Kimono Gakuin

    The charm of kimono is represented by the exquisite patterns, beautiful colors, and the fact that they are produced from 12-meters of cloth.
    We hope you enjoy kimono culture and can master the art of putting on a yukata all by yourself.

    * Put on yukata (for women 1) How to tie the obi Normally, you would bring the loop at the front to your left side.Today's model has brought it to the right to suit the fabric.

  • Warriors, Ninjas, Samurai: Action of Period Dramas

    Warriors, Ninjas, Samurai: Action of Period Dramas|Activity Video

    Updated on August 18.

    Performers: Mushadokoro

    This event combines a hands-on performance experience and cultural history lesson! Mushadokoro, a team of period drama actors who perform in Tokyo and all over Japan, teach the techniques of stage combat that even beginners can do, matched with amazing sound effects. Enjoy this hugely popular performance.

    Related video:https://youtu.be/LrVQuR6b-zw Related video:https://youtu.be/OWLvdmR61qo
  • Oedo Tamasudare

    Oedo Tamasudare |Activity Video

    Updated on August 18.

    Performers: Oedo Tamasudare Inc.

    Since children in the Edo period often played with bamboo mats, this activity was easy to do.
    On the surface, tamasudare is a simple activity, but it can become quite complicated.
    The basics of tamasudare can be learned in just ten minutes.
    We hope you take this opportunity to learn this simple performance that can bring joy and laughter.

    Related video: https://youtu.be/R3TAMayVN8Y
  • A look at the world of Nohgaku - hands-on edition

    A look at the world of Nohgaku - hands-on edition |  Activity Video

    Updated on August 18.

    Performers: Ueda Kimitake, Sumi Kojiro, Kizuki Nobuyuki (Kanze-kai)

    Nohgaku is one of the traditional styles of Japanese theater.
    This performance is Shimai dance , the highlight scene from Noh ¨Syoujou¨, a congratulatory song.
    We hope you enjoy a glimpse into the world of Nohgaku.

  • furoshiki

    Wrapping the World in the Soul of Japan
    Furoshiki Workshop – Introductory Lesson | Activity Video

    Updated on August 6.

    Performer: Furoshiki cultural researcher Tsutsumi Junko

    Furoshiki is flexible, universally used Japanese cloth. This video teaches you how to use furoshiki in a variety of ways, from traditional wrapping to eco-friendly and disaster-related uses. This is a beginner-level video for first-timers.

    Related video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ge5t0AsP0c Related video:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYBEjn0-8qCBoCEhTJs-SpA
  • gagaku

    Gagaku: “Ryo-o” Bugaku Performance and Putting On the Costume | Performance Video

    Updated on August 6.

    Performers: Gagaku Doyukai

    Gagaku has a long history spanning 1,300 years. What is gagaku? What is the secret behind the eye-catching costumes? Spend a wonderful time watching “Ryo-o” bugaku, a gagaku performance with dancing.

    Related video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEoMQqH5cBU

Performances from the Support Program for Arts and Culture

Hand Stamp Art

Hand Stamp Art

HAND STAMP ART

We started accepting handprints when the decision to host the Tokyo Games was made in 2013. As of 2021, we have received over 140,000 handprints from all around the world. We used 6,000 of those handprints for this sunflower.

Art production: Hand Stamp Art Project

Exhibition at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre until September 12

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