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Our Focus at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Concerts and Workshops held as part of the regular school curriculum

Outreach Concerts

Target: Nursery, Kindergarten, and Elementary–High School

At the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, we are running full-scale classical music outreach concerts featuring the Tokyo Music Competition prizewinners.

The purpose of these concerts is to nurture our children's thriving spirit by providing this opportunity to listen to full-fledged, classical music at school. Children nowadays have fewer opportunities to experience this, so we try to help by organizing programs that children can fully enjoy. To do so, we add friendly talks to high-quality performances, as well as participatory performances and mini workshops.

In 2020, the total number of activities was 26, at 17 schools. (The total number of participants was 3,370.)

Outreach Workshops 1: Clinics

Target: Children and students from elementary to highs school who are participating in activities such as a brass band, orchestra, and chorus

Rising musicians visit students outside of school hours who are participating in brass band and orchestra, to give them advice on their musical techniques.

By doing so, we provide opportunities for children who are already interested in music and performing in earnest to brush up on their skills with professional musicians. At the same time, children can experience the process of making music for a concert, assisted by those real musicians as well.

In 2020, the total number of activities was 16, at 4 schools. (The total number of participants was 214.)

Outreach Workshops 2

Target: Nursery, Kindergarten, and Elementary–High School

The workshops have been created, based on our theme; "people enjoying the wonder of music without having to make a great effort." We are providing our original workshops, which have been around since 2013 by joining an international partnership with Casa da Música* in Portugal, as part of the regular school classes.

This interactive educational program helps develop the creativity and cooperativeness of children, by providing them with a special experience that uses music as a form of communication.

In 2020, the total number of activities was 46, at 22 schools. (The total number of participants was 1,353.)

Program for Special Needs Schools

In this program, we are providing a place to experience Ikigai "a reason for being" and vitality through Music. Music in this program is prepared for the participants to perceive it freely regardless of age and ability. What we are trying through this program is to raise people's interest in performing arts. And our goal is to break through physical and mental barriers. To achieve the goal, we want all kinds of people to come to a theater and enjoy relaxed performances, and we will make that experience a reality.

Workshops at Special Needs Schools

In 2020, the total number of activities was 20, at 9 schools. (The total number of participants was 546.)


Orchestra Project leading to Social Inclusion

In 2020 instead of the Orchestra Concerts at the schools in special needs, we conducted the age and disability friendly orchestra concerts at 4 different venues and online workshops with a musician in the UK.

In 2020, the total number of activities was: 
4 concerts (The total number of participants was 1,785.) & 4 workshops (The total number of participants was 148.)


The call for entries for the targeted schools and facilities comes once a year.

The contact for inquiries about conducting listed activities:

Production Section, Planning Division
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
TEL: +81-3-3828-2111 FAX: +81-3-3828-1601

*casa da musica

casa da musica Photo Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and Casa da Música (Portugal) are in collaboration since 2013, and we have been in cooperation to build a relationship that will further our programs, through offerings including the dispatch of workshop leaders and lecturers from Casa da Música to the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, and the sending of our Workshop Leader Skills Training Program students to their site for training. Casa da Música, which means "House of Music," inaugurated in 2005 as the first institution in Portugal specialized in music aimed for enhancing the creativity of music, and commemorating the city of Porto's being designated as European Capital of Culture in 2001.
Casa da Música has hosted concerts and festivals that blend the diverse arts and cultures, and was the first in Portugal to work on fully-realized educational programs. Under their credo that "music is both art and what fosters the generous spirit in people," Casa da Música's mission is to have all types of people to experience music in all of its richness under their educational programs, and they run activities for the local communities and projects where citizens can actively participate.