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06 Sep 2010

National Theatre of Japan

The National Theatre of Japan is a complex consisting of three halls in two buildings in Hayabusa-cho, a neighborhood in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. The Japan Arts Council, an Independent Administrative Institution of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, operates the National Theatre.

It primarily stages performances of traditional Japanese performing arts.

As an Independent Administrative Institution under the Japanese Government, the Japan Arts Council carries out its activities according to the "Annual Plan" and the "Mid-term Plan", that are formed to attain the "Mid-term Objectives" appointed by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The main objectives of the Council are to preserve and promote traditional performing arts, and to promote and popularize modern performing arts in Japan.

To realize these objectives, the Council carries out the following projects.

  1. Assistance for Cultural and Artistic Activities: Japan Arts Fund, Grant for Culture and Arts Promotion

  2. Public presentation of traditional and modern performing arts.

  3. Training artists of traditional and modern performing arts.

  4. Research, collecting data, and exhibition of traditional and modern performing arts.

  5. Lending out of the theatres and other facilities to the public.


The main building has two halls. The Large Theatre hosts performances of kabuki and buyo as well as stage plays. The Small Hall specializes in bunraku, Japanese music, smaller buyo productions, gagaku, shomyo, and folk theatre. In a separate building, the Engei Hall stages rakugo and manzai performances.

The website of the National Theatre of Japan mainly informs on traditional styles of performance - Kabuki,Bunraku,and Noh and Kyogen.

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