Azuma Odori – Tokyo Shimbashi Association “Azuma Odori” will be held again this year! For three days from May 21st to 23rd, 2023, Shimbashi Enbujo will become a large restaurant!

Tokyo Shimbashi Association
“Azuma Odori” will be held again this year! For three days from May 21st to 23rd, 2023, Shimbashi Enbujo will become a large restaurant! The 98th Higashi Odori – Toki Meguru Shinbashi – May 21, 22, 23, 2023 All eight performances at Shimbashi Enbujo

The gates of the Karyukai, which are usually closed at first glance, open during the annual Higashi Odori. Watch the beauty of the dance performance of the geisha on the dance floor, and enjoy the gourmet food and delicious sake prepared by the restaurant during the intermission. This year marks the 98th year of the event, which started in 1925, where you can enjoy Japan with the East Odori. Azuma Odori official website
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Announcement video
table of contents
Discovering the joys of Japan in the Higashi Odori
This year’s East Odori
interlude fun
Changes in Shinbashi Karyukai and Azuma Odori

Discovering the joys of Japan in the Higashi Odori
Do you know Shinbashi, one of Japan’s leading red-light districts that remains in Ginza? The Hanayagi world created by Japanese restaurants and geisha is a place where you can enjoy Japan. Once a year, the Shinbashi Karyukai opens its doors to the Azuma Odori performance hall, a world that is usually closed only to those who know it. When play becomes refined and neat, it is called culture. The architecture is created (Zousaku), and the decoration is Shitsurai (Shitsurai). The world of Hanayagi was created by adding the beauty of singing, dancing, and geisha to the food and sake that I felt.
During the three days of the Higashi Odori, the theater at Shinbashi Enbujo will be replaced by a restaurant. See the beauty of Japan on the stage, enjoy delicious sake and gastronomy during the
intermission, and enjoy the wonderful culture of Japan in modern Ginza.
Tokyo Shimbashi Association President Shingo Okazoe

98th Held This year’s East Odori
Shimbashi geisha dance is taught directly as a direct disciple of the head of the three schools. Each year, the Higashi Odori entrusts the overall production to one Iemoto. This year, Jusuke Hanayagi, the young Iemoto of the Hanayagi school, the largest school in Japan that has been passed down from generation to generation, will play the role and create the stage for the first time.
This year’s theme is Toki Meguru Shinbashi, a two-act stage. The prologue is choreographed by two different dances, Nishikawa Sakon, Onoe Kikunojo, and the master of the second school, and the curtain opens in a grand manner. After a break, the second act is
choreographed by Jusuke Hanayagi. You can enjoy the tempo development of spring, summer, autumn, winter, and the new year, the tradition of the Hanayagi school, and the gorgeous dance. And it continues to the unbiased finale unique to the Higashi Odori, which begins with a blackout.
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From the 97th East Odori
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From the 97th East Odori

Schedule: May 21st (Sun), 22nd (Mon), 23rd (Tue), 2023 All 8 performances 1st performance 11:00 start – 12:30 end
Second performance 13:40 start – 15:10 end
Participation 16:20 start – 17:50 end
*There will be no 1st performance on May 22nd.
Venue: Shimbashi Enbujo
6-18-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
TEL: 03-3541-2600
Nearest station: Subway Hibiya Line Higashiginza Station / Oedo Line Tsukijishijo Station
Box seat: 10,000 yen
Snow seat: 8,000 yen 1st floor / 2nd floor front seat
Month seat: 5,000 yen 2nd floor rear seat
Hanaseki: 2,000 yen 2nd floor left bottom seat / 3rd floor seat student discount
In order to allow people of all ages to become familiar with Japanese culture, if you present your student ID card, each seat will be 50% off for same-day tickets sold at the Shinbashi Enbujo.
Ticket sales: Advance sales start from 10:00 on Tuesday, March 28 Phone Ticket Phone Shochiku (10:00-17:00)
0570-000-489 / 03-6745-0888
WEB Ticket Web Shochiku
Over-the-counter sales
Shimbashi Enbujo: 10:00-17:00
Kabukiza: 10:00-18:00
Minamiza and Osaka Shochikuza: 10:00-17:30
Sunshine Theater: 14:00-17:00
*Until 17:00 on days when the Kabukiza Theater is closed
*The opening hours of the theater window are subject to change. Official homepage
interlude fun
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Ceramic box lunch: 6,000 yen
Served at the underground dining room “Azuma”.
Shokado Bento created by Teiichi Yuki, the founder of Kitcho. The menu of Yoshio Yuki, the grandson of Tokyo Kitcho, is a specialty of the Higashi Odori, where restaurants in Tokyo Kitcho, Shinkiraku, Kanetanaka, and Yonemura compete.
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Ceramic Box Bento – Tokyo Kiccho
Sake appetizers : 3,000 yen
On the day of the event, you can eat at the performance hall and take it home as a souvenir.
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Sake dishes – Kanetanaka
*Advance reservations are required for ceramic box lunch boxes and sake appetizers.
Reservation method: Apply by phone by May 17 (Wednesday) after purchasing a ticket.
Phone: Enbujo Service 0120-224-117 (10:00-16:00)
Compete with sake
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Each year, each restaurant brings its own sake that competes with each other. We also offer alcoholic beverages.
Dom Perignon Booth
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Dom Perignon
The champagne booth where the world’s first class opens.
Souvenir spot
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Edo Fan/Senjafuda – Ukichi Tachibana
We offer playful souvenirs such as geisha’s Senjafuda, Edo Uchiwa designed with them, and your own original Senjafuda.
Ryurei tea room
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This year’s innovation. A presentation of tea ceremony by a Japanese restaurant in a newly created space in the dance hall.
Changes in Shinbashi Karyukai and Azuma Odori
Shimbashi was born as a garryu world at the end of the Tokugawa period, in the 5th year of Ansei, a short time after the arrival of the black ships. Conflicts arise due to differences in policy between the western domains, Satsuma and Choshu, and the Tokugawa shogunate. In Edo, where Tokugawa favored, Shinko Shimbashi welcomed a loyal patriot. With the Meiji Restoration soon to come, they became the core of the government. The Meiji period was an era in which modernization was the national policy. The first Prime Minister, Sir Hirobumi Ito, after finishing his official duties, gathered people from all walks of life at Shinkiraku’s tatami room every night. In your field, we had many discussions about what the Japan of tomorrow will be like. Shimbashi became a social gathering place for a new age, and the city’s policy was to provide top-notch craftsmanship in welcoming first-class customers. Invite first-class instructors from each school of performing arts to devote themselves to study. At that time, there was a Kaburenjo for geisha in Keihan. In the 14th year of the Taisho era, when it came to be called a geidokoro, the Shinbashi Enbujo, a theater for geisha, was built. The first Higashi Odori performance was held in a state-of-the-art brick theater.
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The theater, which was destroyed by fire during the war, will be rebuilt in the spring of 1948. Before the war, the Azuma Odori was a recital where each dance was practiced. President Shinohara, who became a living national treasure as a geisha, remade the performance into a design from the opening to the end. The centerpiece of this play was the dance drama, which commissioned plays from great writers such as Yasunari Kawabata, Junichiro Tanizaki, and Eiji Yoshikawa, and the stage art was created by Taikan Yokoyama, Seiho Takeuchi, and Seison Maeda, who are representatives of the art world. The Azuma Odori will be revived thanks to the connections of the Shimbashi Karyukai and above all, the spirit of a cultural person who wishes for post-war reconstruction. The beautiful masculine appearance of Mari Chiyo, a master of dance, in a dance drama attracted a lot of attention, and the performance was a great success. At the entrance of the dressing room, we created a crowd of female students holding bromides waiting to go out.
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The 84th East Odori, which celebrated the 150th anniversary of the city’s birth, has transformed into an event that conveys the charm of restaurants and geisha. A high-class prologue and a stage composition of two acts that change, and we will welcome you with the food and sake of a Japanese restaurant between the acts. Supporting the art of Shimbashi is the wind of the city that works hard at practice, and during the corona crisis, we challenged performances that connect video and dance. And this year is a step towards a complete revival. Azuma Odori will move forward to become the entrance to the beautiful and wonderful Japanese culture that exists in the Hanayagi world, which is forbidden at first glance.
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– Notes –
*Introduction contents are subject to change. Thank you for your understanding. *All listed prices include tax.
* As a general rule, tickets and pre-ordered meal tickets will not be refunded unless the performance is cancelled.
*This performance will be held with measures to prevent the spread of infection in accordance with the government and Tokyo event
restrictions and the infectious disease control guidelines formulated by related organizations. Please be sure to check the Azuma Odori official website and Shochiku website before purchasing tickets or visiting the theater for specific preventive measures, sales seats, and opening hours of the theater window. Customers who are not feeling well or who do not cooperate with measures against infectious diseases may be refused entry.
Higashi Odori Official Homepage
official youtube
Tokyo Shimbashi Association
Support: Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture Arts Council Tokyo
■ Inquiries from the general public regarding the Higashi Odori Tokyo Shimbashi Association 03-3571-0012 Weekdays 10:00-17:00

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