Way Ticket to Culture
for almost all advertised concerts can be bought at 'Playguides' around
town, though it is sometimes difficult to get a good seat. The best
way is to go directly to the ticket office at the theater or hall. Quite
often, just a telephone call will secure your seat.
guides can be found all over Tokyo You can call them up and reserve
by phone and pick them up at the nearest playguide. Lines are usually
busy so keep
pressing that re-dial button!
Pia and Ticket Saison
with the Playguides, you can find stores all over Tokyo. With these
however, most of the time you can also find stores in department stores,
some major supermarkets and convenience stores. Again, as with the Playguides,
you can call and order and reserve tickets by phone.
are just a few of the stores, there are lots more so check out your
Kyukyodo Ticket Service ||3571-0401 ||Ginza
Playguide ||3352-4080 ||Shinjuku
Isetan Dept. 7F
also available at department stores.
for shows and events
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is the most well-known of the traditional Japanese dramatic art forms.
All roles are played by men. It is difficult to make a classification
for Kabuki as there are so many kinds of plays. One program is staged
for 20 - 25 days, with a matinee at 11 a.m. and an afternoon performance
at 4 or 5 p.m. About four kinds of drama and dance are staged. For 1,000
yen you can stand and watch one act (called "tachimiseki"
in Japanese) so this is a good way to get a glimpse of what Kabuki is
oldest theater form. A subtle lyrical drama with little physical movement
performed to chanting and musical accompaniment. Hard to understand but
the masks and costumes give it a special beauty.
The National Theater Noh Hall gives the most performances and they also
have a display of Noh masks and costumes that can be seen free of charge.
Kyogen is a comedy between Noh performances and is staged many times a
year. If you have the opportunity to see a performance outdoors on the
grounds of a shrine or temple by torchlight, it should not be missed.
There is now what is called Modern Kyogen which is performed by itself.
Aimed at younger people it sometimes incorporates things such as jazz,
and can be seen performed at jazz clubs as well.
Theater Noh Hall ||3423-1331 ||Sendagaya
Noh Theater ||3469-5241 ||Shibuya,
Noh Theater ||3571-0197 ||Ginza
Nogaku Genshujo ||3401-2285 ||Minami
theater, also known as ningyo joruri. Large puppets are manipulated by
hand to the accompaniment of shamisen music and chanting. The plays often
deal with the feelings of the common people. Staged in the National Theater's
Small Hall in Tokyo.
the national sport of Japan, Sumo enjoys great popularity. Six annual
tournaments are held, each lasting 15 days. Three of these are held
in Tokyo, in January, May and September, at the Kokugikan Sumo Arena
in Ryogoku. The bouts can be seen on television, but to enjoy that special
atmosphere you must go to the Kokugikan. Tickets are available at Playguides,
and go on sale about three hours before the start of the day's bouts,
but to ensure a good seat it is best to go to the ticket office at the
Kokugikan. There is a choice of an ordinary seat or box seat, though
box seats may be hard to get.
-- Japanese Traditional Art
National Museum ||3822-1111 ||Ueno
and Oriental. Tea ceremony utensils
Art Museum ||3400-2536 ||Minami
ceramics, tea ceremony utensils & a nice garden
Art Gallery ||3213-9402 ||Marunouchi
ceramics and painting
Museum of Art ||3669-4056 ||Kayabacho
Museum of Art
artistic crafts, special exhibits
Museum ||3447-5787 ||Shiroganedai
artistic crafts, tea ceremony pots
Museum of Arts and Crafts ||5474-1371 ||Roppongi
-- Modern Japanese and Western Art
|Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art
|Crafts Gallery of the Museum
of Modern Art
|National Museum of Western Art
|Bridgestone Museum of Art
|Contemporary and Impressionist,
|Modern art -- Crafts,
|Bunkamura "The Museum"
|Late C19th European art,
women's culture, collections from foreign museums
Science Museum ||3822-0111 ||Ueno
Museum ||3441-7176 ||Kitanomaru
Ancient Orient Museum ||3989-3491 ||Ikebukuro
Folk Craft Museum ||3467-4527 ||Komaba
Metropolitan Teien Museum of Art ||3443-0201 ||Shirogane
building. Special exhibits
Museum ||3626-9974 ||Ryogoku
you go up on the escalator inside the futuristic building and catch
a glimpse of the history of Tokyo since the Edo period, you will
feel like you have entered a time-capsule. Reproductions of primary
school text books from around the WWII period are popular gifts.
Near the Sumo Ryogoku National Sports Hall, in the summer you can
also watch sumo wrestling.
|Fukagawa Edo Shiryoukan
are also exhibits in department stores. Even the smallest exhibitions
and galleries are worth visiting. Exhibitions in warehouses are spectacular.
Most museums are often closed on Mondays.
Memorial Museum of Art ||3403-0880 ||Harajuku
and Salt Museum ||3476-2041 ||Shibuya
cigarette packs, rock salt sculpture
Museum ||3666-6246 ||Nihonbashi,
Museum ||3379-1386 ||Yoyogi
Museum ||3275-2704 ||Nihonbashi
from Japan and around the world
Museum ||3445-0651 ||Shinagawa
art, video art
House Gallery ||3405-8108 ||Roppongi
Shitamachi Museum ||3823-7451 ||Ueno
lifestyle from 1860's
Tower Wax Museum ||3433-5111 ||Shiba-koen
sculptures of the famous and not so famous, including Richie Blackmore,
Jimmy Page, The Beatles, Frank Zappa and more
best way to get an understanding of Japanese culture, though there is
a limit to the number of places offering courses in English.
are various styles of flower arrangement and they each have their own
Nihon Chado Gakkai ||5379-0753 ||Yotsuya
Kaikan Hall ||3361-2446 ||Takadanobaba
Togei Club ||3402-3634 ||Harajuku,
in the Togo shrine
Craft ||3402-8732 ||Kita
|Taiso-ji ||3917-4477 ||Komagome
(in Japanese) ||3400-5232 ||Nishi
(in Japanese) ||3416-1735 ||Seijo-gakuen
Calligraphy Museum ||3965-2611 ||Itabashi
cultural schools offer courses in everything from the above to painting,
music and technical skills. Learn some Japanese and try your hand at something.
baths / Onsen
is a well known (relatively) that the Japanese have a serious love affair
with their baths. From back in the Edo period when Japanese houses didn't
have bathtubs built into them, the public bath or sento was the place
to wash and bathe. Not only did you scrub yourself clean and relax in
the (very) hot water, the sento acted as a kind of community center
where neighbors came together to chat and communicate.
These days, the majority of people who see an apartment without a bath
or toilet (these apartments still exist) would think twice about moving
in. Since bathing at home is now the norm, the sentos began to lose
popularity. But leave it up to the sento owners to come up with some
pretty nifty ideas to get people going again. You have your Jacuzzis,
saunas, massages, even lemon baths (don't ask, don't know!). Missing
that zip in your life lately? How about a bath that has electricity
running through it? Talk about feeling refreshed!
Feel like going yet? Well if you do, just remember these little pointers.
Wash yourself BEFORE you get in the bath. No bathing suits (it is a
bath after all), and remember to bring your own towels and soap.
is also a land filled with hot springs or onsen. Usually they're found
somewhere other than Tokyo, but hey, Tokyo has everything else, why
not an onsen? This must be your lucky day. Although you won't be able
to get in the rotenburo, which is a large outdoor bathtub, and enjoy
the scenery, there are onsens in Tokyo as well.
So, bust out your towels and soap and head for your local sento or onsen!
Here are just a tiny fraction of sentos and onsens out there, but there's
sure to be one nearby!
Azabu Juban Onsen - 3404-2610 (Azabu Juban)
Tsubame Yu - 3831-7305 (Taito-ku, Ueno)
Bain Douch - 3263-4944 (Chiyoda-ku)
Soshigaya Onsen 21 - 3483-2611 (Soshigaya Okura Odakyu line. Bath, Sauna