Traditional Theater Training (T.T.T.)

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T.T.T. is a three-week summer intensive training program that introduces Japan's traditional performing arts. In 2022, following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we redesigned the program to offer two three arts each year *in rotation*, such as as nō, kyōgen, kabuki, bunraku, Nihon buyō, and rakugo. This year, we will offer nō and rakugo (comic storytelling, which encompasses theater and music).

The program, founded by Jonah Salz and Shigeyama Akira in 1984, is based on the practice-recital approach and allows participants from all over the world to come together to learn the skills and spirit of Japan's traditional performing arts in Kyoto, the traditional heart of Japan. Fluency in Japanese is not required of participants for most arts, though lessons are typically be given in the language (with staff on hand to assist). In 2022, nō will be offered to all language speakers and rakugo will be offered to advenced Japanese speakers.

Daily trainings take place at the Kyoto Art Center and the recital will be held on the stage of the 100+ year-old Ōe Nō Theater.


T.T.T. invites artists, students, and researchers seeking to expand their knowledge of and proficiency in Japanese traditional performing arts. This is an inclusive program—we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities, nationalities, genders, and ages. Participants will be able to pursue their interests in Japanese traditional performing arts by experiencing their richness and depth through intensive, daily training sessions with respected masters.

2022 Program Capacity: approximately 16 participants total (8 per course)

Requirements: Students, performers, teachers, and Japanologists of all ages, genders, and nationalities should have a desire to learn about Japanese performing arts and be able to commit to the entire program from orientation day to final recital.


The Kyoto Art Center will accept T.T.T. applications until 20 June. Applicants will be notified of results within one or two weeks of applying.

Program period

24 July (Sun) - 12 August (Fri)


24 July (afternoon, JST)


12 August (Fri)


nō (open to all) & rakugo (advanced Japanese speakers only)

■nō masters: Katayama Shingo, Tamoi Hiromichi, Ōe Nobuyuki (Kanze School)
■rakugo masters: Katsura Kichibō, Katsura Nimame (assistant) (Kamigata Rakugo, Beichō School)
■Kotsuzumi masters: Hisada Yasuko, Takahashi Naoko
■Training schedule
・nō:July/27,28,29,30 August/1,2,4,5,6,8,9,10,11 6:00~9:00pm
・rakugo:July/25,26,28,29 August/1,2,3,5,6,8,9 10:00am~12:30pm
*Schedule subject to change.


General 70,000 yen; students 60,000 yen (professional-grade fans included)

'Veterans' of previous TTT programs will receive a discount of 5,000 yen (new fan not included)

Kotsuzumi drum short-term course(Option): 15,000 yen.


Organizer: Kyoto Art Center

Program Administration: Matt Shores

Program Advisor: Professor Jonah Salz

For more information, contact the Kyoto Art Center (in Japanese or English) at or +81 (0)75-213-1000. You can also visit the Kyoto Art Center website at or simply stop by the Center, a short walk from Karasuma Shijō Station. Information and updates are also available at

Application details/procedures

The program is open to people from all countries and backgrounds. We look forward to reviewing applications from enthusiastic applicants.

Application Procedure

Download and complete the Application Form as well as other documents below and send them by email or post.

Applicants can download the Application Form here.

■Application Documents
・Application Form
・C.V. (free format, 5 pages or less [A4/letter size])
・Statement of Purpose (free format, 1 page [A4/letter size])
・If you would like to receive the student discount, please include evidence of your student status.

By  ※With the subject line "T.T.T. Application"

By post:Kyoto Art Center, ATTN: Tomo Setou Yamabushiyama-cho 546-2, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8156 JAPAN 

Application Deadline

【Deadline extended】23:59 JST, Friday, July 15th, 2022
Applicants will be notified of the results as applications are received. Some applications may not be accepted if capacity is reached prior to the deadline.

* Kyoto Art Center can prepare the required documents to get visa for participants. If you have any inquiries regarding to visa, please email us.

New TTT Scholarship

Starting this year, we will offer TTT scholarships (tuition exemption) to those with specific plans to create artistic work(s) or do academic research based on their TTT training (One person per course). We look forward to recruiting women and men looking to develop their own expressions through the application of knowledge gained through Japanese traditional performing arts practice.


Candidates (researchers included) must have specific plans to create artistic work(s) based on their TTT training. It is open to any nationality, age or gender. Recipients will be required to report on their planned activity.

Application Documents

・Application Form
・Portfolio/CV of activities to date (free format, 5 pages or less [A4/letter size])
・Statement of Purpose (free format, 1 page [A4/letter size])
・Proposal for work based on TTT participation (free format, 5 pages or less [A4/letter size])

*Please note that submitted documents will not be returned.
*If you apply by email, please send application documents in PDF format.
*Personal information submitted to this open call for scholarship applications will be used solely for the purpose of selection. Materials from candidates not selected will responsibly discarded.

Application Deadline

Friday, 10 June (must arrive by this date)

Selection Process

1. Document Screening (TTT program director & KAC staff)

2. Candidate Online Interview (with TTT program director & KAC staff)

*TTT staff will be unable to field inquiries or objections about the selection process or results.

’Scholarship Application Procedure

Send required documents by e-mail or post.

〈For applications by email〉
Submit to with the subject line “TTT Scholarship”

〈For applications by post〉
Send to the address below.
Kyoto Art Center, ATTN: Tomo Setou
Yamabushiyama-cho 546-2, Nakagyo-ku
Kyoto 604-8156 JAPAN 

Recent Programs

TTT 2019: nō, kyōgen, Nihon buyō
TTT 2020, 2021: COVID-19 hiatus
TTT2022: nō, rakugo
Photos by Takuya Oshima

Photos by Takuya Oshima