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 21, May 19, June 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 28, May 12, June 9

■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 14, May 5, May 26, June 2, June 16, June 30


Event Name Engei (Japanese traditional entertainment) in Edo-Tokyo Museum
Venue Edo-Tokyo Museum 5F permanent exhibition area
Dates April 14, 2018 – March 30, 2019
Note 【Date】
Every Saturdays (Except for December 29)
Advance application not required.
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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