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

  • Image of "(Head) Bunhichi"

    (Head) Bunhichi

    January 7, 2022 (Fri) - March 13, 2022 (Sun)

    This exhibition presents traditional Japanese performing arts that have been collectively added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list—kabuki, bunraku, noh (including kyogen), gagaku, and kumi-odori—and introduces the aesthetics and techniques unique to each of them. The galleries feature stages on which visitors can stand and experience the spaces unique to each traditional performance art. Exhibits include costumes, props, and musical instruments used during actual performances.
    This exhibition was originally scheduled to open in the Spring of 2020, but it was suspended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The contents of the exhibition have been partially revised for the rescheduled opening in January 2022.


    Highlights of the Exhibition

    General Information


Highlights of the Exhibition


Major Work on Exhibit


Head Bunhichi, National Theatre

Atsuita with cloud and dragon design on horizontal red and white bands, National Noh Theatre

Dadaiko drum, National Theatre

Bingata costume: Peony, phoenix, and iris patterns on light blue ground, National Theatre Okinawa

Nishiki-e "Sanmongosan no Kiri" (The Temple Gate and the Paulownia Crest), Utagawa Toyokuni, National Theatre




General Information

Period January 7–March 13, 2022
Venue Hyokeikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
Hours 9:30–17:00

Mondays (except for January 10) and January 11

Reservation tickets

Adults: ¥1,500
University students: ¥1,000
High school students: ¥600
Junior high school students and under: Free

* We recommend that you purchase a timed-entry ticket online before your visit. Please check the exhibition website for details (https://tsumugu.yomiuri.co.jp/dentou2022/).
Tickets may also be purchased at the ticket counter, but you may be asked to wait if the exhibition is crowded. Also, please be aware that tickets are limited and may sell out.

* Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each (please present an ID at the ticket booth).

* Visitors with tickets for this exhibition may also view the regular exhibitions as well as 14 Dynasties and a Region: The History and Culture of the Muslim World (until February 20) and TEWAZA: Recreating Ryukyuan Handicraft Culture (January 15–March 13) on the day of their visit at no extra charge. The regular exhibitions do not require a timed-entry ticket. Other special exhibitions require separate admission fees and advance purchase of timed-entry tickets is recommended.

* POMPEII (March 1–May 8, 2022) and The Saint Kūya and Rokuharamitsuji Temple (January 14–April 3, 2022) requires a separate reservation and admission fee.

Access 10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
15 minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station
Organizers Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan Arts Council, Tokyo National Museum, The Yomiuri Shimbun
With the Special
Sponsorship of
Canon Inc., East Japan Railway Company, JAPAN TOBACCO INC., Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., MITSUBISHI ESTATE CO., LTD., Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd.
With the Sponsorship of SHIMIZU CORPORATION, Takashimaya Co., Ltd., TAKENAKA CORPORATION, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation
With the Special
Support of
The Music Department of the Board of Ceremonies of the Imperial Household Agency
With the Support of Japan Actors’ Association, Bunraku-Kyokai, The Bunraku-za Company, The Nohgaku Performers’ Association, National Theatre Okinawa Management Foundation, Okinawa Churashima Foundation, National Film Archive of Japan
General Inquiries 050-5541-8600 (Hello Dial)
Exhibition Website https://tsumugu.yomiuri.co.jp/dentou2022/