Shows and events
Japan abounds in shows and events of all kinds, from the most historic, such as performances of various forms of theater, to the latest manifestations of otaku culture, including Sumo tournaments, the country's emblematic sport.
Japanese traditional arts
Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of arts that are the treasures of an ancient heritage.
Noh and Kabuki theater are two of the most iconic forms of Japanese entertainment crafts, and with our activities here at Japan Experience, you can see both on stage!!
Noh in Japanese translates to "talent" or "ability," and is a definitive demonstration of such through its utilization of drama and dance. Kabuki Theater is the most well-known of the Japanese drama arts. Watch the live performance at Kabuki-za in Ginza, the main commercial district of Tokyo that is known for glitz, glamour, and luxury! Bunraku is another well-regarded form of Japanese theater that is centered around puppets! View this one-of-a-kind art in the lively city of Osaka!
These theater arts are steeped in history and symbolism, taking you on a journey back in time for a few hours to explore the richness and depth of historic Japanese culture.
Discover the thrilling world of sumo tournaments, a Japanese sport that fascinates onlookers with its displays of strength, ritual, and honor. There are six major annual sumo tournaments that take place in the country, largely hosted in the largest cities!
On the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, the Fukuoka Sumo Tourmanet takes place in November. In Osaka, the major tournament takes place in March. In Tokyo, there are three tournaments: one in January, May, and in September. And then in Nagoya, the major tournament takes place in July.
The Japanese National Sport has a history dating back over 1,500 years, making it a cultural staple that is as much a performance art as it is a martial art, capturing the spirit of Japanese tradition and entertaining people both locally and all over the world. Don't miss your chance to see this iconic martial art in action!
Events for otaku
For a more modern approach to Japanese culture, don't miss the Tokyo Game Show. This major event is a must for all video game enthusiasts. Bringing together developers, fans and professionals from all over the world, the Tokyo Game Show showcases the innovation, creativity and passion that characterize Japan's video game industry.
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