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Performing Arts Creation Project Contemporary Puppet Theater with Classical Music
Sonezaki Shinju: The Love Suicides at Sonezaki (New Production)

TAIRA Jo’s unique take on “Sonezaki Shinju: The Love Suicides at Sonezaki” as a contemporary puppet theater revives the classical Japanese masterpiece about the two lovers’ tragedy, featuring beautiful classical music.

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Date Sat, Dec 16, 2023 15:00 (Open 14:30)

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall

Genre TBK productions

Flyer (PDF)


Sonezaki Shinju: The Love Suicides at Sonezaki (Performed in Japanese with English subtitles)


◇View official program notes

Based on the work by


Music to be performed

RAVEL: 3 Chansons-No.2 “Trois beaux oiseaux du Paradis”

MAHLER: Symphony No.5 in c-sharp minor-4th movement

BARTÓK: Piano Concerto No.2, Sz.95, BB101-2nd movement

and more to be selected from various composers’ works


Full list of music (PDF only in Japanese)


Adaptation, Direction, and Puppet Performance: TAIRA Jo


Viola: TAHARA Ayako *1st prize and Audience Award of String section at the 11th Tokyo Music Competition

Accordion: OTA Tomomi


◇View artists profiles in flyer (PDF only in Japanese)


Kuroko Stagehands: GOZU Naomi, ARAI Satomi


Music Planning and Selection: MIYATA Dai

Music Direction: YANO Yuta

Music Arrangement: YAMAMOTO Sayaka


Set Design: MATSUO Hiroko

Puppet and Costume Design: TAIRA Jo

Lighting Design: OSHIMA Masao (Art Stage Lighting Group)

Stage Manager: ASANUMA Nobuo (The Stuff)

Assistant Director: INAYAMA Akiko


Read the full article of the interview with TAIRA Jo & MIYATA Dai

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan quarterly magazine “Onmyaku” (PDF only in Japanese)

PhotoTAIRA Jo; Adaptation, Direction, and Puppet Performance
PhotoTAHARA Ayako, Viola
PhotoOTA Tomomi, Accordion


Prices (tax included)

[Day tickets]

Tickets not available.


[Additional Ticket Sales]

Tickets for S-seat go on sale on Sat, Dec 2 at 10:00. (only available at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office) Pre-sale sold out


S6,600yen A4,400yen B2,200yen *A, B Sold Out

Under-26s: S3,300yen A2,200yen

Age 65 and above (50 seats): S5,940yen Pre-sale sold out

Persons with disabilities: S5,500yen (The same price applies to one companion.)

* Group Sales (Seat S/Groups of 10 or more): Please contact the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office for further details.

* Seat-B and discount tickets are only available at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office. Valid ID required.

Captioning tablets for English subtitles

Captioning tablets for English subtitles are available free of charge. You can borrow one per ticket purchased through our online English ticket service. Please note the number of devices is limited.

Seating Chart of Recital Hall

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On Sale Date

Sat, Jul 29, 2023

Advance online sale for Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Members: Sat, Jul 22-Thu, Jul 27

BOX Office

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office

Other Information

* The program is subject to change under certain circumstances.
* Pre-school children are not allowed to attend this performance.
* Child care service is available. (Reservation and fee required. A limited number of children are accepted.)
Event Child Care Service: Mothers 0120-788-222
Reservation must be made by Fri, Dec 8, 17:00.

Organizers & Supporters

Organizer: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture

Partners & Grantors

Supported by: Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Official Platinum Partners: Ueno Seiyoken/HASEKO Group/FUJI MEDIA HOLDINGS, INC.

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Official Gold Partners: THE ASAHI SHINKIN BANK/Bourbon Corporation