All first timers are welcome to this four-day only event held once a year
Shimbashi geisha, music of the shamisen, elegant dance, and the taste of ryotei cuisine
Enjoy the elegance and modernity of Japan
The 94th Azuma Odori Dance Festival
With the Shimbashi geisha arts made up of ryotei (traditional Japanese high-class dining) restaurants and geisha, the Shimbashi area is called the ‘Shimbashi of Art.’ Azuma Odori is the art stage where these geisha sing and dance.
The Shimbashi Enbujo Theater was built in 1925 as a place for the Shimbashi geisha to perform. The Azuma Odori Dance Festival began as a commemorative performance of the opening of the theater. It has been held each year and currently and features the elegance and charm of the geisha on the stage and a ryotei restaurant meal competition during intermission. There will also be choice sake, so you can enjoy Japan with all five senses. The Azuma Odori Dance Festival turns the Enbujo Theater into a four-day-only mesmerizing and delicious ryotei restaurant. We hope to see you at this gigantic theater-turned-ryotei restaurant for a special early summer moment to conveniently enjoy true Japanese culture that is becoming rarer than ever.
Time & Date: Thursday, May 24 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
Two performances on the 24th and 25th
Afternoon performance (doors open at 12:30 p.m.) 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Evening performance (doors open at 3:20 p.m.) 3:50 to 5:20 p.m.
Three performances on the 26th and 27th
First performance (doors open at 11:00 a.m.) 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Second performance (doors open at 1:10 p.m.) 1:40 to 3:10 p.m.
Third performance (doors open at 3:20 p.m.) 3:50 to 5:20 p.m.
Venue: Shimbashi Enbujo Theater, 6-18-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, 104-0061
Advance tickets: General tickets go on sale on Saturday, April 7
– Phone reservation
Ticket Phone Shochiku: 0570-000-489 or 03-6745-0888
– Online reservation
||The festival is a valuable opportunity to experience geisha dance on the grand Enbujo Theater stage in even more radiance. The Shimbashi geisha arts follow three schools — the Hanayagi school, Nishikawa school, and Onoe school. Each year, the entire performance is led by a single school. This year, headmaster Sakon of the Nishikawa school will lead the stage with a ‘classic’ theme.
|| Shimbashi ryotei restaurants (Shinkiraku, Kanetanaka, Tokyo Kitcho, Matsuyama, Yonemura, and Wanofu) join forces to put on a taste performance at the Azuma Odori Dance Festival. As the tenth year of this food competition, we will see a new style of competing shokado bento (boxed meal) in a ceramic box made by each restaurant based on a menu from Tokyo Kitcho. You can also enjoy a convenient ryotei sushi bento in a wooden box at your seat. (*Advance reservation required.)
||The second floor lobby will be set up as a Japanese lounge with tea ceremony by geisha and a Dom Perignon booth on either end and
ryotei refreshments, recommended Japanese sake, and Azuma Odori limited-edition products on sale in the middle.
For details, see the official website.