New Year’s Celebration at The Tokyo National Museum

Dec 18th, 2008 | By | Category: Events, Museums, Tokyo and Vicinity

Oedo Antique Market - Shishi Celebrate New Years with traditional performances and exhibitions at the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno.  The museum is hosting some great events on January 2nd and 3rd that are sure to entertain visitors of all ages.

On the schedule are the Shishimai (Lion Dance), performed to bring good fortune and health for the upcoming year, Taiko drumming performances, an Ikebana exhibition and a Clarinet Concert.

Visitors will also be treated to Yugei (traditional Vaudeville performances from the Edo Period) performances. Yugei means an art that is performed for amusement and was first practiced by samurai and merchants before being refined for the enjoyment of the upper classes in the Edo period.

In addition to these great special events the museum will also be open for visitors to view a number of thematic exhibits including The Path of BuddhaDesigns Seen in Treasured Imported Fabrics – Treasure motifs and Celebrating the Year of the Ox: Images of Oxen in Art.

New Year’s Celebration Schedule of Events:

Event January 2, 2009 January 3, 2009 Location
Shishimai Performance 10:30AM & 1PM 10:30AM & 1PM Honkan (outdoor)
Taiko Drumming 11AM & 1:30PM 11AM & 1:30PM Entrance (outdoor)
Yugei of Edo NOON & 2:30PM n/a Entrance (outdoor)
Clarinet Concert n/a Noon & 2:30PM Lounge Heiseikan
Ikebana Exhibit* MUSEUM HOURS MUSEUM HOURS Entrance Hall, Honkan

* Ikebana Exhibit runs from January 2 – 12, 2009, Museum Hours 9:30AM – 5PM

The New Year’s Celebration events are free but to view the exhitis you will need to pay an entrance fee.  Learn more about admission fees and access to the Tokyo National Museum by visiting their website and be sure to print out the Tokyo National museum map before you go.

Looking for more great things to do and see in Japan?  Check out the Japan Event Calendar.

Image Credit: Personal Collection

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  1. Nice one Shane. You certainly have a knack for finding out what’s on when. I won’t be going this time as I’ll be on my jolly hols but I’ll be watching your Events Calendar when I get back to see what’s coming up.

    Cheers to you :)

  2. Thanks for the heads up on these events Shane. They sound like good photo opportunities.

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