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Leading traditional performing arts based on attendance Japan FY 2018

In the fiscal year 2018, the number of attendees at Kabuki performances at the national theaters in Japan amounted to around 212 thousand, representing the largest audience of Japanese traditional performing arts. That year, approximately 514 thousand people visited the national theaters to appreciate classical art performances.
Kabuki began to be recognized as a type of theater around the 1700s and developed to be a drama theater with dance performances over time.

Leading traditional performing arts based on the number of attendees at national theaters in Japan in fiscal year 2018

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Release date

September 2020



Survey time period

fiscal year 2018; the Japanese fiscal year starts on April 1 of the stated year and ends on March 31 of the following year

Supplementary notes

*Japanese puppet theater also known as "Ningyo Joruri".
**Variety entertainment refers to comic story, comic dialogue, magic, street performances, and such.
***"Shomyo" is a Japanese style Buddhist chant.
****Ryukyu was a kingdom that existed in the Okinawa region from 1429 to 1879.

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Figures have been rounded.

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