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Engei (Japanese traditional entertainment) in Edo-Tokyo Museum

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The opportunity to gain authentic first-hand experience of traditional culture

You can experience “Engei” (traditional entertainment) that is still popular at vaudeville theater by professional guidance.

There are three programs, “Wazuma”, “Kamikiri” and “Kyokugei”.

Because the content of the event varies depending on the day, please check the schedule and join the program of your choice.

■Wazuma (traditional magic)

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Wazuma is traditional magic that has been handed down from 400 years ago. This magic was extremely popular among the masses in the Edo period. An instructor will explain the brief history of wazuma while providing you the opportunity to try it out.

【Date of implementation】

April 8, May 6, June 17, July 8, August 26, September 9, September 23

■Kamikiri (paper cutting)

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Kamikiri is traditional Japanese paper cutting. Kamikiri is an improvised art which a performer creates only by a sheet of paper and scissors, according to audience’s requests.In this program, you will cut the paper based on some themes. You can take the paper cutout home after you finish it.

【Date of implementation】

April 22, May 13, June 3, July 22, August 12, September 16

■Kyokugei (traditional acrobatics)

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Kyokugei is a traditional Japanese acrobatics. You can see the kasamawashi performance which means rotating an umbrella with some objects, as well as gokai-jawan, using a long rod to support some objects on top of the rod. In Japan, the kasamawashi is particularly popular and also believed to be very auspicious. You can try performances such as kasamawashi and kamitate (a part of gokai-jawan).

【Date of implementation】

April 15, 29, May 20, 27, June 10, 24, July 1, 15, 29, August 5, 19, September 2, 30


Event Name Engei (Japanese traditional entertainment) in Edo-Tokyo Museum
Venue Edo-Tokyo Museum 5F permanent exhibition area
Dates April 8, 2017 – September 30, 2017
Note 【Date】
Every Saturday
Open Hours ①12:30 – 13:00
②14:00 – 14:30
③16:00 – 16:30
Admission Free
*Admission fee is charged for permanent exhibition.
【Admission fee for Permanent Exhibition】
General : 600 yen
Over 65 years old : 300 yen
College Students & Vocational School Students : 480 yen
Junior high school Students (Not from Tokyo) & High school Students : 300 yen
Junior high school Students (Go to school or live in Tokyo), Primary School Students & Preschool Children : Free
*Students are asked to show their student IDs.
*People aged 65 or over are asked to show ID/document that proves their age.
Address 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Contact 03-5428-3655 (10:00 – 18:00)
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