MANGEKYO -
Japanese Entertainment at its Finest!
Traditional Drums and Visual Projection

Sep. 1 - 30
Yurakucho (near Ginza), Tokyo

Oct. 4 - Nov. 20
Shinjuku, Tokyo

Performance starts at
13:30 / 17:00 / 20:30

Length
70 minutes

Ticket Prices
SS seat 9,500 JPY
S seat 8,500 JPY
A seat 7,500 JPY

Limited online booking available

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Performance Outline

Ginza and Shinjuku, Tokyo’s famous nightlife spots. Come here to enjoy a cutting-edge performance of traditional wadaiko drums!

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A strong, oriental rhythm that resonates with the human body, created by lively performers on stage. The art of “wadaiko” (Japanese drums) is a type of Japanese traditional music that deeply moves the audience.

MANGEKYO is a hybrid performance combining the traditional appeal of wadaiko drums with cutting-edge projection mapping technology to create a high-quality stage performance rising to the realm of contemporary art.

MANGEKYO was born out of the collaboration between TAO, a wadaiko performance group, and teamLab, a creative unit employing leading-edge visual projection technology. Get ready for a one-of-a-kind entertainment that mixes Japanese tradition and innovation!

Viewers’ Comments

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  • It was a great experience. Every staff were courteous and helpful. The venue was easy to find and size was just perfect, not too big. The music and show was like combining Japanese traditions with modern musical beats. Mix of comedy and emotions.

  • I have watched drum Tao in Singapore, and watching them in Japan was a whole new experience! amazing show with impressive effects!

  • Very exciting! Non-field recommend everyone! After that there will be chances to see again!

  • The wonderful performances were performed by members of the team who were meticulous in their rhythm, and they really enjoyed the unexpected performance when traveling to Tokyo.

Highlights

- DRUM TAO - a world-renowned performance group.

- A type of nonverbal entertainment, which reaches out to the hearts of the audience.

- A truly “Japanese” performance consisting of traditional drums, Japanese musical instruments and sword dance.

- State-of-the-art visual projection highlighting the appeal of traditional Japanese culture.

- A unique attraction available in Shinjuku and Ginza, adding a sophisticated touch to a Tokyo sightseeing tour.

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Cast

DRUM TAO - Japanese Drum Artists

DRUM TAO is an energetic group pursuing a Japanese-style musical expression, using wadaiko traditional drums and various other instruments. Since its inception in 1993, the group has drawn ardent supporters from all over the world.

They have toured 24 countries and 500 cities, reaching out to the audience of eight million people through their powerful stage performances. In 2016, DRUM TAO performed off-broadway in New York, receiving recognition as the “latest Japanese entertainment.”

Creators

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Digital Projection
team Lab.

Developing digital content and applying cutting-edge technology systems, teamLab is an ultra technology-focused group of specialists of various areas of digitalism, including programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, and architects. Surpassing the boundaries of art, science, technology, and creativity, this group functions with collective creation as its concept.

teamLab has opened art exhibits domestically and internationally including teamLab Dance! Art Exhibition, Learn & Play! Future Park, which was attended by 470,000 visitors.

In addition, teamLAB has opened the Japanese building at milanoexpo-2015, DMM. Saatchi Gallery in London, Maison & Objet in Paris, DMM. Planets Art by teamLab with an over 5-hour waiting time. There were also solo exhibitions in Singapore, Taiwan, and London, as well as a large-scale permanent installation in Singapore.

In summer 2018, Mori Building Co., Ltd., in cooperation with Odaiba Palette Town, MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless was opened.

Stage Set Design
Rumi Matui

After working with Shiki Theatre Company, she went to study abroad in London and began her career as a stage designer. Her work for a stage perfromance that debuted on Broadway was nominated for the Tony Award. She has been chosen as one of the world’s top 12 stage designers by OISTAT.

Stage Costume Design
Koshino Junko

At age 19 she was the youngest to win the Soensho Award in fashion as a new designer. She participated in her first Paris collection in 1978.

Koshino has had fashion shows throughout the world, including in Beijing, New York (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Vietnam, Cuba, Poland, and Myanmar.

She is also involved in and takes part international cultural exchange projects. She designs for opera and broadway musicals (Tony Award-nominated “Pacific Overtures”), in addition to sports uniforms, firework design. She is also a supporter of revitalization efforts from natural disasters both in Japan and abroad.

Koshino is a member of the organising, cultural, and education committees of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics Games. For the 2025 Japan World Expo she is a special envoy. She is also a Person of Cultural Merit.

Koshino broadcasts every Sunday from 17:00 on TBS Radio’s Koshino Junko MASACA. Starting in 2012 Koshino has been involved in costume design for DRUM TAO.

About Wadaiko,
Japan’s Traditional Drums

A percussion instrument deeply rooted in the Japanese soul.
A sound that summons ancient memories.

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To the Japanese, the sound of wadaiko drums is rooted in memories from the ancient past which are intertwined with the everyday life.

In the past, warriors used the wadaiko in battle as a communication tool while for the common people the echo of the drums used to carry their prayers for a good harvest and their thoughts of their ancestors.

The surface of wadaiko is made of cowhide, which withstands the beat of the thick wooden sticks, while the drum body is made from hardwood. It takes three to five years to make a good quality wadaiko. The skills of the craftspeople are at work to ensure the best traditional sound.

Wadaiko is still used at local festivals and religious ceremonies. They also play an important role in traditional performing arts such as kabuki theater.

MANGEKYO has taken the traditional drum sound to the level of a cutting-edge contemporary stage performance. It is a high-quality entertainment that can only be seen in Japan, created by professional wadaiko performers.

Venue

Create a Wonderful Memory
at One of Tokyo’s Major Sightseeing Areas!

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MANGEKYO will be performed in Ginza (Yurakucho) in September, and in Shinjuku in October/November. Both of these areas are prominent sightseeing spots, popular among visitors from abroad.

Ginza is best known as a high-end shopping area. It is filled with worldwide fashion brand shops and with a wide variety of art galleries, both Oriental and Western. Ginza also boasts a large number of established Japanese restaurants graded by the Michelin Guide, as well as quiet bars to spend the evening in style.

Shinjuku is a unique area, featuring both a modern and nostalgic atmosphere. Some of its best known charms are Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Hanazono Shrine, or Omoide Yokocho and Golden Gai which become especially lively at night.

Since you’re visiting these parts of Tokyo which are known for their vibrant nightlife, how about enjoying a nice dinner in the area, then watch MANGEKYO, and go for a drink afterwards in a local bar?

Ginza and Shinjuku offer plenty of exciting options for you to enjoy before and after the performance.

There are also special dinner set tickets which gives the audience of MANGEKYO the chance to dine at famous restaurants such as Heichinro and Kagaya!

Tickects & Schedule

Revolutionary New Drumming Entertainment in Tokyo
-MANGEKYO-

Yurakucho (Ginza) Performance:

September 1 (Sat.) -
September 30 (Sun.) 2018


Shinjuku Performance:

October 4 (Thu.) -
November 20 (Tue.) 2018

- Online Reservations -

Please refer to the following websites.

Yurakucho (Ginza) Performance

Shinjuku Performance

Outline

Title
Revolutionary New Drumming Entertainment in Tokyo -MANGEKYO-
Sponsored by
JTB Communication Design, Inc.,Nippon Television Network Corporation
Produced by
JTB Communication Design, Inc. TAO Entertainment, Inc.
Performed by
DRUM TAO
Official Partners:
ANA Holdings Inc. / JTB Corp.
Co-Sponsor
STUDIO ALTA CO.,LTD / LUMINE 0
Official Website
https://mangekyo-tokyo.com/en/

Q&A

About the Performance

About the tickets

Q. Do you have any group discounts?

A. For individual customers・・・ We’re sorry, but we do not offer any group discounts.

About the seating

Q. Do you have any restrictions on the admission of children?

A. Preschool children are not permitted to enter the venue.

Q. I have a toddler (over 3) who is still small. Can he/she sit on my lap even if I purchase ticket for (him/her).

A. Preschool children are not permitted to enter the venue. Therefore, such allowances are not provided.

Venue facilities

Q. Can I take pictures or video inside the venue?

A. Taking pictures or video inside our venue is prohibited. Please note that you may be asked to leave the venue if you are caught doing so.

Q. Do you have a nursery area?

A. We do not have any nursery area.

Q. Is there an area for changing diapers or nursing?

A. We’re sorry, but we do not have any areas for changing diapers or nursing.

Our Services

Q. Do you have any storage services for large bags?

A. There is a cloakroom near the entrance. You are free to store your luggage there.

Q. Can I present the performers flowers?

A. There is a VIP reception area near the entrance of the venue. Please drop the flowers off there. Please do not hand flowers directly to the performers, as it will interfere with the performance.

Q. May I present the performers gifts?

A. There is a VIP reception area near the entrance of the venue. Please drop the flowers off there. Please do not hand flowers directly to the performers, as it will interfere with the performance.

Q. Can I present a performer a letter?

A. There is a VIP reception area near the entrance of the venue. Please drop the flowers off there. Please do not hand flowers directly to the performers, as it will interfere with the performance.

Purchasing merchandise

Q. Do you provide mail-order services?

A. No. Please make your purchases at one of our sales booths set up inside our venue.

Wheelchairs

Q. Could you take me to my seat once I enter the venue?

A. Certainly. One of our ushers will take you to your seat.

About DRUM TAO

Q. Tell me about DRUM TAO.

A. Please visit the following website: (http://www.drum-tao.com/main/whoweare)

Q. Tell me about DRUM TAO’s past performances in Japan.

A. Please visit the following website: (http://www.drum-tao.com/main/whoweare)

Other

Q. Can I see a DRUM TAO performance at other venues?

A. Please visit the following website: (http://www.drum-tao.com/main/whoweare)

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