Traditional Theater Training (T.T.T.)

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Traditional Theater Training (T.T.T.)is a three-week summer intensive training program that introduces the traditional arts of Noh, Kyogen, and Nihonbuyo. The program is based on the traditional practice-recital approach, and aims to allow participants to learn the skills and spirit of traditional performing arts, and also build on their own self-expression and/or supplement their research activities.

First year

Founded in 1984 by Jonah Salz and Akira Shigeyama, since 2000 organized by Kyoto Art Center. Matthew W. Shores has been a program director since 2015.

|Cancelled| Schedule of T.T.T. 2020

*Traditional Theater Training 2020 has been canceled due to coronavirus speading.

Sat. 11 July, 2020 - Sun. 2 August, 2020

Sat. July 11 2020 17:00- (venue: Kyoto Art Center)

Sun. July 12 2020 - Sat. August 1 18:30- (venue: Kyoto Art Center)

Sun. August 2 2020 (venue: Oe Noh Theater)

Application Details


Open to anybody (including researchers) actively involved with artistic forms of expression such as theater and dance. Participants should be able to commit to attending all scheduled sessions, from orientation to the final recital. Participants should have a strong desire to learn about traditional performing arts. Open to all nationalities, ages, and genders.


24 participants total〈approximately 8 per class〉


General 90,000 yen
Student / Veteran 75,000 yen
These prices include tuition, recital fees, video and photo data of the recital, and a fan appropriate to selected art.
※Participants of previous T.T.T. will receive a veteran discount, which is not included the cost of fan.
※Participants should come with white tabi (split-toed socks), fans (appropriate to selected art), yukata cotton kimono, and an obi belt. (We will advise participants on how and where to purchase these.) The Center has a number of yukata and obi that can be loaned to participants (sizes limited).
※White tabi cost approximately 1,500-3,000 yen.
※Participants are encouraged to enroll in a supplementary kotsuzumi course (approx. five 2 hours sessions).

Application Procedures:

Complete the application form and send it to the Kyoto Art Center by post or email (hand deliveries are also accepted).

Application Period and deadline:

Mon. 20 April, 2020


Program director and Kyoto Art Center carefully reviews and evaluates applications. Applicants will be notified of the results as applications are received. Applications may not be accepted if capacity is reached prior to deadline.


It is the responsibility of applicants to arrange their own accommodations. (Kyoto Art Center can provide assistance, if necessary.)

Travel Insurance:

Participants from countries outside Japan are responsible for purchasing their own travel insurance.


Noh: Shingo Katayama, Hiromichi Tamoi, Nobuyuki Oe
Kyogen: Akira Shigeyama, Yasushi Maruishi, Sennojô Shigeyama
Nihonbuyo: Yayoi Wakayagi
Kotsuzumi (option) : Yasuko Hisada, Naoko Takahashi

Program Director

Matthew W. Shores

Past contents

Program for T.T.T. 2019
Noh: (shimai) "Tsunemasa" "Kochou" "Kagetsu" "Kurama Tengu"(utai) "Shoujou"
Kyogen: (kyogen) "Shibiri" "Busshi" (komai) "Tsuchiguruma" "Matsutake"
Nihonbuyo: "Goshoguruma" "Yuki no Keisei" "Hane no Kamuro" "Kurokami" "Tomoyakko"
Photos by Takuya Oshima

Photos by Takuya Oshima