Full List—Japan's Intangible Cultural Heritage
Beyond its 20 spectacular World Cultural Heritage Sites, Japan has 21 traditions recognized by UNESCO as elements of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Join us for an introduction to one of Japan's most provocative performance arts!
Enter the World of Kabuki at Kabukiza Gallery
At the Kabukiza Gallery, you can discover the secrets of kabuki, such as the realistic sound effects, the extravagant costumes, and learn about all the stage secrets that you missed during the show.
'Jikabuki': Local Kabuki in Gifu Prefecture
At Aioiza, a small museum and playhouse in Gifu, you can get right behind the scenes with 'jikabuki'—and even try on the makeup and costumes for yourself!
Where to Enjoy International Theater in Tokyo
Tokyo is chock-full of places were you can get your theatrical fix, even if you don't speak Japanese. With live performances, broadcasts, translated theater, non-verbal shows and improv groups, the options go on and on! Here's what you need to know...
Top 30 Spots Across Japan Ranked by Tourists
Travel website TripAdvisor has just listed this year's hot spots in Japan as selected by overseas visitors and we can't wait to see what's at number one!
12 Amazing Events in Japanese History
Do you know which Japanese castle was toppled by a party? Or how kabuki was invented? Japan has over 1,500 years of recorded history, and some pretty amazing things have happened in that time!
Japan's Got Talent in Siro-A
Blending dance, projection and comedy, this unique troupe from Sendai has been rocking up yesses at both 'America's Got Talent' and 'Britain's Got Talent,' and now brings a unique show to Asakusa in Tokyo!
Kyoto Animation Unveils First Film Since Arson
Arson-hit Kyoto Animation unveils their first movie since the arson attack that devastated their studios in July 2019.
10 Ways to Enjoy a Rainy Day in Japan
Don't let rainy weather dampen your day—there are still plenty of ways to have a good time!
Takachiho: Climb into the Land of the Gods
Take a tour through Takachiho, home to the cave where the sun goddess once hid herself away, and possibly where her grandson descended to Earth to found Japan's imperial line.
16 Authentic 'Japan' Experiences around Tokyo
How do you get an 'authentic Japan' experience in the Tokyo area? It depends on what you mean by 'authentic,' and what you mean by 'Japan!' Here are 16 'real Japan' options around Tokyo, running the gamut from the very old to the very new!
See Dancing Zombies in 'Resident Evil' Musical
Fans just can't get enough of the 'Resident Evil' series! For those unable to wait for the new game to come out, here's an upcoming live-action version sure to tide you over!
The world's first-ever dedicated theater space for the Japanese art of Butoh.
CITA: Experimental Tokyo Theater
The International Centre for Theatre Arts (CITA) has toured more than six countries with its award-winning productions and workshops, bringing experimental theater to Tokyo and the world.
The New Works Playhouse Presents Karoshi
The New Works Playhouse presents Karoshi, an online production.
Small Island Burns for Japan's Early Days
Every year in January, the 800 residents of this small island pray for health and remember the nation's first emperor with a pillar of flame.
Breathing New Life into Old Kyoto
Kyoto is famous for its rich history, including temples and palaces that have existed for more than a millennium, but there are some new and exciting sites around the former capital that are sure to delight people of all ages.
New Adaptation of 'Cinderella' Comes to Osaka
Witness a brand new version of the story you thought you knew.
Performing Western-Style Stand-up in Japanese
A new kind of comedy is being introduced into Japan, and it works surprisingly well—despite what Japanese television might have taught you about local humor!