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Shinjuku City Workshop Experiences of Japanese Traditional Culture 

This program provides tourists from overseas chances to experience traditional Japanese culture via ikebana (flower arrangement), dying, etc.
Note: Please note that the contents are subject to change.

Date and time November 19 (Mon.), from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location Event space, JR Shinjuku Station’s west exit
(Nishi-Shinjuku 1, Shinjuku-ku)
Fee Free
Capacity About a hundred people per program

○ Trying out traditional dyeing techniques
Shinjuku City is also an epicenter for traditional dyeing. Shibori is a Japanese dyeing technique often used to produce patterns on Japanese kimono. Add colors and make your own patterns to dye a handkerchief, and then take your artwork home!

○ A hands-on traditional ikebana experience
This is your chance to experience ikebana, a traditional Japanese artform in which you arrange seasonal plants and flowers to create a decorative display. After listening to an explanation of the history of the artform and basic types of ikebana, you can make your own ikebana decoration. Instructions will be given in a clear and easy-to-understand way so you’ll have no problem even if you’re trying ikebana for the first time.

○ Gagaku/bugaku
Gagaku is the collective name for a form of traditional Japanese classical music and dance (bugaku) that has been handed down for centuries, mainly through the Imperial Court. In addition to listening to the three-piece ensemble of the sho (Japanese free-reed musical instrument), hichiriki (double-reed Japanese flute), ryuteki (Japanese transverse flute made of bamboo), biwa (Japanese short-necked lute) and koto, you may also be able to enjoy a dance performance of “Ryo-o.”

Performance schedule
1) 11 to 11:15 a.m., 2) 12:15 to 12:30 p.m, 3) 2 to 2:15 p.m., 4) 3:15 to 3:30 p.m.
Note: Music with wind and string instrument will be performed in sessions 1) and 4), and bugaku in sessions 2) and 3) above.

Experiencing musical instruments
1) 11:15 to 11:45 a.m., 2) 12:30 to 1 p.m., 3) 2:15 to 2:45 p.m.

Inquiries Culture and Tourism Section; Culture, Tourism and Industry Department; Shinjuku City Office
Tel: 03-5273-4069 (in Japanese)

November 5, 2018