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 arts each year *in rotation*, such as as nō, kyōgen, kabuki, bunraku, Nihon buyō, and rakugo. T.T.T. 2023 will be a three-week training and we will offer three different arts, to be announced soon.

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).

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.

2023 Program Capacity: approximately 24 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 from 1 February to 30 April. Applicants will be notified of results by the first week of May.

Program period

July, dates to be announced


July, date to be announced


final week of July, date to be announced


three traditional arts, to be announced


to be announced.

*The tuition was 70,000 yen for general and 60,000 yen for students (professional-grade fans included) last year.

*Participants should come with white tabi (split-toed socks), yukata cotton kimono, and an obi belt. (We will advise participants on how and where to purchase these).


Organizer: Kyoto Art Center

Program Administration: Dr. 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. (coming soon)

■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

Application Deadline

23:59 JST, Sunday, 30 April 2023
Applicants will be notified of the results no later than the first week of May.

New TTT Scholarship

KYOTO ART CENTER 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. This opportunity 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

Sunday, 30 April (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 to the address listed above.

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

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